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March 14, 2011 - 1:08pm

Do pets ever develop cancer in the mouth? 

Yes!  Dr. Thompson, who does fulltime dental work at AHNA, finds on average two growths a week that have not been noticed by the pet’s family. A pet’s mouth is a common site for growths, both benign and malignant. 

Very few pet family members examine their pet’s mouths. Pet family members often detect bumps in the skin but the mouth is seldom examined. It is important to “flip the lip” of your pet often to check for all oral problems, not just growths.

Veterinarians sometimes refer to an oral evaluation as a “dental.” We...

March 12, 2011 - 12:00am

Zoe, a truly beautiful dog, telling Beth that Animal Hospital of North Asheville is the best veterinarian in WNC! Zoe is very convincing ;)

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March 11, 2011 - 12:00am

Kelly worked very hard at training Frances to do her "trick". Frances has learned to use the techs as a step-stool to get out of her kennel. How cute!

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March 4, 2011 - 6:42pm

By: Melissa and Peter Stanz

Our beloved Walden died on February 10, 2011. He was a 14 ½ year old chocolate lab, our constant companion, the child we loved and spoiled in lieu of human kids. Walden started his long life with a trip to North Asheville vets for a clean bill of health—for 14+ years he loved his trips to the vet, especially those cookies and all the attention.

Through the years Walden received annual checkups and treatments for minor ailments—then when he was 6 he blew out his first ACL. Referred to the wonderful orthopedic vet in town, he ended up with plates...

March 2, 2011 - 9:51am

WellPet, makers of Wellness Natural Pet Food, are voluntarily recalling some lots of their canned food due to potentially insufficient amounts of vitamin B1 ( also known as thiamine).

Wellness Canned Cat Food (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR13 through 30SEPT13
and Wellness Canned Cat Chicken and Herring (all sizes) with the best by date of 10 NOV13 and 17NOV13.

If you have cat food from these lots, you should stop feeding your cats. You may call WellPet at 1-877-227-9587 to arrange for return of the product and reimbursement.

Early signs...

February 28, 2011 - 12:49pm

Many people don't realize it, but just like people, dogs have specific blood types. There are dogs that have a universal blood type and in certain circumstances it is necessary to have these dogs donate fresh, whole blood. The Animal Hospital of North Asheville is currently looking for additional blood donors. Donors are used on an as-needed basis and would only donate approximately one time per year. There will be a selection process starting with the qualifications listed below.

  • Must be between the ages of 2 and 8.
  • Must be current on vaccines and annual exams.
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February 18, 2011 - 12:00am

This is how Buddy greets his Dad each day!

February 13, 2011 - 1:31pm

Debbie and Hal McDowell lost their dog, Mac, in August of 2010.  (See Mac’s story here) Mac was the last of the McDowell’s four male dogs to pass away.

“We were devastated when Mac died,” said Debbie. “The house seemed so empty and big without a dog.”

Debbie and Hal remained without a dog for 6 months. “I know that a lot of people will think this is strange, but we were waiting for our next dog to find us. For years I’ve said that the next dog we got would be a female. I even had her name picked out...

February 13, 2011 - 12:41pm

Everyone at Animal Hospital of North Asheville wants you to understand the extreme importance of always being certain that your pet has a vaccination against rabies that is current. Rabies is a fatal disease for pets and people, and your pet can be exposed at any time by coming in contact with wildlife. We have had patients that were kept strictly indoors at their homes but were exposed by a bat coming into the house. One of our patients, a tiny Yorkie, was exposed when her mom opened the door for her to go out into their fenced yard and  a raccoon was right there, just outside the door....

February 13, 2011 - 11:21am

By Karen and Mick Weagle (Mick has helped care for pets at AHNA as an exam room assistant since 2003.)

Possum was a very young stray kitten when a client brought her to the Animal Hospital of North Asheville. She was almost dead. When she was brought in to the hospital, she was limp and seemed lifeless, and she appeared to have no eyes. She was probably only 3 or 4 weeks old at most. The kind soul who rescued her found 2 children playing with her lifeless body and brought her to the hospital. Dr. Susan Wootten believed Possum could be saved, and so her treatment began.

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