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June 3, 2011 - 9:10am

Exam Room Team Members, (ERTs) have many different responsibilities. To the pet's family, the  ERT is the friendly and familiar face that welcomes the pet and their family into the exam room. They listen to the concerns that the family has about the pet.

June 1, 2011 - 9:28pm

Last October, Mary Anne Witfield was asleep in her bed with her cat Samantha, also known as Sam, when she was startled awake. There was an intruder in her home and he was pulling her out of her bed.

“He was yelling and he began to shake me,” said Mary Anne, “and then out of my peripheral vision I saw a black shadow flying through the air. It was Sam! She attached herself to the man’s face and dug in her claws. She would not let go!”

The shock of the pain caused the intruder to release Mary Anne, but little Sam stayed firmly attached.

“I lead him out of my house...

June 1, 2011 - 3:26pm

By: Gretchen Harwell, RVT

The veterinary technician program I attended assigns either a cat or a dog to each student for an entire school year. Each student is responsible for monitoring the pet’s weight to make sure they’re on the right diet, to socialize the pet, to give it a physical once a week, and then to either adopt the pet or find it a home at the end of the year. By about two weeks in, most students are in love with their pets and there’s no doubt who will be adopting them.

When we...

June 1, 2011 - 3:13pm

By: Dr. Amy Plankenhorn

Last spring, Susan Key noticed that her 11-year-old cat Griffin was becoming a lot more talkative. He was howling every morning and begging for food.  She had struggled with keeping his excess weight controlled for a long time, but he started unexpectedly losing weight despite a big appetite. His annual comprehensive physical exam came due, and sure enough, he had lost a pound since his previous visit. His heart rate was elevated. Blood testing confirmed our suspicions – he had hyperthyroidism.

Hyperthyroid disease is a common disorder of cats....

May 26, 2011 - 12:00am

It's all the dogs' favorite time at the hospital - treat time! These pups will do just about anything for out tasty treats.

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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...

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