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February 14, 2010 - 12:18pm

Rabies is a fatal disease of the nervous system. It is caused by a virus that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including humans. The virus attacks the brain and spinal cord, causing severe nervous system dysfunction and eventually death. While instances of rabies infection are lower than ever, the disease remains a continuing problem. Vaccinating your pet against rabies is a key prevention method.

The most common way to contract rabies is through a bite from an infected animal. When a rabid animal bites, the rabies virus in its saliva passes through the broken skin of the...

February 11, 2010 - 3:30pm

Recently, the staff at Animal Hospital of North Asheville has been getting questions from some of our pet owners about a new dog virus called canine influenza. They were concerned about stories they had seen or read in the local news about dog flu outbreaks. In answering their questions, we realized that all of our dog owners may have similar questions and concerns. So we’re writing on our blog to tell all our pet owner friends about canine influenza, what puts dogs at risk, and what can be done to protect them.

Canine influenza is a respiratory disease that can cause coughing,...

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