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May 23, 2011 - 12:00am

Champ and Jingles are sugar gliders. They came to say hi to Dr. Duncan when their sister, Bella, a dog, came to visit. (AHNA doesn't treat sugar gliders. Champ and Jingles' parents brought them in to show to our staff.)

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May 13, 2011 - 11:05am

What are ticks?

Ticks are insects related to spiders. They have 8 legs and they feed off of a host animal by sucking blood. They vary in size from a tiny speck to the size of a swollen watermelon seed.

How do ticks differ from fleas?

• Ticks do not cause itching or hot spots, but they do cause illness. Sometimes the illness can be serious.
• Ticks crawl. Fleas jump.
• Ticks remain in place while feeding

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May 12, 2011 - 2:48pm

By Andrea Wright

My girlfriend, Jillian, adopted Milo and his sister, Eloise from Mary Paws in January of 2010. Both Milo and Eloise were born with problems that make them a little wobbly on their feet. We were told that neither of them would be able to climb, run, or get around very well at all.

We took them home and began trying to make our home safe for them. We made a barrier out of boxes to block the stairs - which Milo promptly jumped over. So much for the limited mobility!

Ever since that first day, Milo has been full of surprises. He loves to climb,...

May 12, 2011 - 1:18pm

By: Jill Merrill, Client Care Team

The first time I saw Waylon his name was Riley (which is the name of our other dog, who is a Westie), and I fell in love with his scruffy face! Even though I hadn’t adopted him yet, in my mind I had already named him Waylon. I discovered he was adoptable through Animal Haven of Asheville, and he was one of the dogs involved in the ‘A New Leash on Life’ program.

‘A New Leash on Life’ is a program that allows minimum and medium custody state prisons to partner with local animal shelters, animal welfare agencies, and/or private non-profit...

May 9, 2011 - 10:41am

By: Dr. Warren Riggle

Dogs and cats are living longer and healthier lives thanks to regular physical exams and wellness blood tests. Wellness blood and urine tests are a thorough way of assessing your pet’s general health. Dogs and cats cannot tell their family or their veterinarian the subtle signs of illness that humans express. When dogs and cats begin to show outward signs of illness, the health concerns are often so advanced that they are no longer treatable. “Survival of the fittest” is Mother Nature’s rule. If an animal is out in the wild acting sick, they will not survive...

May 5, 2011 - 12:00am

Doughboy and Daisy have 3 favorite words...PLAY, PLAY and PLAY! We captured this moment when they were visiting Dr. Wootten.

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May 4, 2011 - 9:54am

We are thrilled to announce that our online pet food drive was a success! Our goal was to raise 1,000 pounds of pet food for the Asheville Humane Society, Animal Compassion Network, and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. With the help of our facebook fans and clients, we surpassed our goal and raised 1,032 pounds of food. We will actually donate 1,150 pounds of food, or more. Each shelter will receive at least 350 pounds of donated pet food. Thank you to everyone...

April 15, 2011 - 4:39pm

Dog and Owner Trail Etiquette

by: Dorothy Williams

Be considerate to fellow hikers, wildlife, and the land.

If dogs are allowed off-leash:

  • Have voice control over the dogs at all times. This means that when the dogs are called, they come regardless of the situation.
  • Carry a leash for the circumstances that may arise.
  • Do not let your dog wander off. Keep them in sight at all times. There is a higher tendency for dogs to get into trouble when they are out of sight. They can also easily become lost.
  • Be sure your pet is
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April 15, 2011 - 3:47pm

The sun is shining, the weather is warmer, and more people are hitting the trails. We are fortunate to live in an area that is blessed with abundance of natural beauty. There are a few things we can do while on the trails with our four-legged friends to ensure that everyone has a good time. 

Be Prepared

Before starting on the trails, be prepared. Get to know the trails. Look over the description of the trails and topography. It is always good to have an idea of what to expect with the elevation, the natural wonders and the water sources on the trail. Knowing the trails...

April 15, 2011 - 3:24pm

Living With Addison's Disease

Years ago, Kim, and her partner, Liz, found a friendly black-and-white dog roaming the parking lot of a local restaurant.

“It was obvious to me that she had been abandoned,” said Kim. “She was incredibly friendly, approaching people and wagging her tail, but she was also very confused and hungry. We had scarves in our trunk that we tied together to make a leash, which we put around her neck, and brought her home.”

Kim and Liz advertised that they had found the dog and hoped the owner would contact them. In the meantime, they...

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