Annual wellness exams are the best way to detect diseases and illnesses as early as possible in both cats and dogs. Many pets don't show symptoms of diseases until its late stage, making it much harder to treat. Cats may seem naturally healthy, but they are infamous for hiding illnesses, making it often difficult for owners to be aware there cat is sick. During your pet’s annual or bi annual exams, we will obtain a complete medical history for your pet and determine if there have been any changes in health or behavior since the last visit. One of our veterinarians will then give your pet a comprehensive physical exam and check for any abnormalities. We will also perform a visual dental examination and answer any questions you may have.
Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be spread from animals to humans. Examples of these include intestinal parasites, Leptospirosis and rabies. Intestinal parasites are a danger to both you and your pet.
Dogs and cats can contract intestinal parasites from a variety of different sources including coming in contact with contaminated soil, water or feces. Children are at particular risk for contracting intestinal parasites as they are more likely to come in contact with infected soil. Practicing good hygiene, and teaching children to wash their hands after handling pets and playing outside, can help prevent any spread of disease.
Most monthly heartworm preventatives also contain a broad spectrum dewormer. Keeping your dog and cat on monthly heartworm preventative is a good way to make sure they are also regularly dewormed against common intestinal parasites.
Leptospirosis is a bacteria that is spread through the urine of infected animals. It can cause a life-threatening illness in your pets and can be spread to humans. Both wild and domestic animals can spread the illness which can live in water for weeks. Leptospirosis is most commonly transmitted to your pet through drinking or swimming in contaminated water. The good news is that there are ways to keep your pets safe. There is a vaccine that is widely available to help protect dogs from contracting Leptospirosis. Talk to us about your dog's risk and what you can do to protect them! Contact us
When your pet gets injured, it’s helpful to know when to recognize a serious medical issue. First aid is not a substitute for veterinary care, but quick thinking and staying calm may save your pet's life until they receive treatment from a veterinarian. There are two emergency hospitals in the Asheville area, REACH and Western Caroline Regional Emergency Hospital. Have their numbers handy in case you find yourself in an emergency situation.
Western Carolina Regional Emergency Hospital: 828-697-7767
If you love hiking, walking, fetching, frolicking, and adventuring with your four-legged friends, North Carolina is your playground. From the mighty Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountain Ranges to the hidden treasures you discover on strolls through the woods to your own backyard, opportunities for outdoor activities are endless.
But when you and your pets venture outside, you risk attracting the attention of some unwelcome tag-alongs. Ticks. How do you know if your dog or cat has been bitten? What do you do if you see a tick on your pet, and how do you prevent this?
Many of us have dogs that enjoy a great adventure in the outdoors. The Asheville area has a great variety of dog friendly trails and summer is a great time to spend some quality time with your dog. We’ve come up with a list of our favorite dog friendly, summer hiking trails along with tips to keep your pet safe. If you do go hiking with your dog, please be prepared, as summer brings around unique health risks including, but not limited to, heat stroke, dehydration and snake bites.