Thanks to improved medical care and nutrition, our pets are living longer and healthier than ever! As our pets age, they become more likely to develop arthritis and age-related diseases. The best thing you can do for your older pet is to take a proactive role in their pet’s health care.
It is increasingly likely the Asheville area will experience some effects from Hurricane Irma. A record breaking storm for the Atlantic Ocean, Irma has brought heavy wind and rains to several islands in the Caribbean and the coast of Florida. We know homeowners and Asheville residents are busy preparing their homes and families for the storm, so we want to help you make sure your pets and animals are ready as well.
Many of us have dogs who enjoy a great adventure in the outdoors. Summer is a great time to spend some quality time with your dog, so we've come up with a list of our favorite dog friendly, summer hiking trails. 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.
As most of you have already heard, we have had a few cases of the canine influenza virus (CIV) in North Carolina and some surrounding states. CIV is a respiratory virus so it spreads through direct contact, contact with nasal secretions through coughing or sneezing, or coming in contact with infected objects or people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. Thankfully, to our knowledge, no cases of the canine flu have been reported in the area.