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Grain-free Diets Raising Concern
Last week, a report came out on NBC following a warning from the FDA on grain-free diets. This report lists cases of cardiomyopathy (a serious heart condition) that have been linked to specific grain-free diets, and Zignature diets are on that list (68 cases so far in dogs that have been fed Zignature diets). With that in mind, we have removed all Zignature diets from our shelves and will no longer sell it. If your dog has been eating any grain-free diet exclusively (or as the large majority of its diet) and you are concerned about the possibility of cardiomyopathy, you may consider having a cardiac ultrasound performed. A link to the article follows.
Indoor Pet Initiative - Ohio State University
If you have indoor pets please take some time to click the link below and check out the information that Ohio State University has on their Indoor Pet Initiative page. This can be a great resource for keeping everyone in the home happy.
Hendersonville Veterinary Hospital Employee Now on the Blue Ridge Humane Society Board of Directors
Hendersonville Veterinary Hospital's technician assistant and patient advocate, Tonya Barrow, was nominated and selected to be on the Blue Ridge Humane Society's Board of Directors this year. We feel Tonya will be a great asset to the board as she is equipped with the knowledge to help educate the public on how to best care for their furry family members. Below is a link to the Blue Ridge Humane Society's web page for further information about this organization.
Dog Walkers Rescue Hawk Found In Parking Lot
Check out this New Year's Day story from 2014. Two of our clients and Dr. Zehr work together to help save a red tailed hawk.
Community Partnership for Pets, Inc.
Community Partnership for Pets (CPPI) is a non-profit organization that has been working towards improving the lives of the pets in our community since 2005. Their programs included spay/neuter, pet retention, lost pet recovery and marketing/adverting/networking of shelter dogs and cats. Their goal is to reduce the number of dogs and cats entering county-run animal shelters and get those already at the shelter out quickly. Their new mission, as of July 1, 2017 is to work with poor, rural counties across NC to set up and fund the programs notes above. Since placing a donation box in our office, our clients have contributed $1757.56 to help aid in CPPI's mission. To look further into CPPI's programs and find out how you can help, visit their website via the link provided below.
Dogs and Ticks
Tick populations are on the rise. This website provides information about the risks your pets are facing and what we as pet owners can do to protect them.
Looking to add a new member to your family? Here are some quick links to view some of the areas cats and dogs in need of good homes.
Blue Ridge Humane Society http://www.blueridgehumane.org/
Henderson County Animal Shelter http://www.hendersoncountync.org/animals
Asheville Humane Society and Buncombe County Animal Shelter http://www.ashevillehumane.org/
Foothills Humane Society http://www.foothillshumanesociety.org