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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...

April 15, 2011 - 2:52pm

Animal Hospital of North Asheville is so proud to have eleven certified veterinary technicians on our staff, the newest of which is Robin Pierce. All of our veterinary technicians have studied and worked extremely hard to obtain their degrees. They are trained in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, anesthesiology, pharmacology - the list goes on and on. Not only do they have to attend classes for two years or more at a college or technical school and pass lots of courses, they have to pass an extremely intensive National Board test, and then they must pass a test given by the North Carolina...

April 15, 2011 - 2:08pm

Dr. Earley’s wife, Georgia, rescued our dog, Libby, from an unhappy situation when she was about 4-months-old. I took her home one night to meet my husband, and she adopted us both as soon as she entered our home. The next ten years were dedicated to a companion that demanded and deserved stimulation 365 days a year... no matter the weather. She was an Australian Cattle Dog, also commonly called a Blue Heeler. This is a working breed that requires daily exercise and mental stimulation.

Libby was a very confident, independent, and focused dog. She chased and caught frisbees as long...

April 13, 2011 - 12:00am

Henry is so full of love that he just has to hug you!

April 12, 2011 - 11:30am

Every year we send you a reminder about your pet’s annual physical examination, and it comes with a note:  “Please try to bring a fresh fecal (one inch of bowel movement) sample with you to this appointment (use clean containers and keep the samples cool until you arrive).” It is not a pleasant part of bringing your pet it, but it is a necessary one. Even if your pet stays indoors, he or she should be tested annually for common intestinal parasites by analyzing your pet’s stool.

What We’re Looking For

Intestinal parasites are the main targets of fecal analysis for...

March 15, 2011 - 3:54pm

Patience and Love Transform a Feral Cat into a Wonderful Pet

By Sheri Parks, member of our Client Care Team

I discovered Leery, along with her mother, brothers, and a sister, living behind my home when we moved in 7 years ago. I was sitting on my deck one night when I noticed several pairs of glowing eyes all huddled together under a group of pine trees – such precious babies!

I began setting out food and tying to catch them, which was difficult because it quickly became obvious that they had had no contact with humans. Every evening I sat near them while they ate...

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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