Health Services

Internal Medicine

Sometimes one of the frustrations of dealing with a sick pet is that you cannot simply ask what is wrong. Because of this, thorough medical examinations and advanced veterinary diagnostics are important. When your pet is not well, the veterinary team at Asheville Veterinary Associates works with you to find out what is happening on the inside. A well-planned and thorough physical examination plus advanced diagnostics help us identify your pet's problem so that we can develop an effective treatment plan.

Along with advanced training and experience, we make use of the latest technology to diagnose and treat your sick pet.

We offer diagnosis and treatment of a full spectrum of conditions by taking advantage of in-house state-of-the-art equipment and our highly-trained technical staff in both of our well-equipped Asheville hospitals. We offer in-house hospitalization for extended care and refer specialized procedures to an outside referral hospital.

Microchipping

All too often a pet that has run off fails to return home. This is a terrible situation. We have all seen the sad lost pet notices posted on telephone poles. Getting lost is the number one cause of pet death.

Studies have shown that more than 10 million pets get lost each year and about 90 percent would not be returned to their owner unless they have some form of permanent lost pet identification.

This is why at Asheville Veterinary Associates we view microchip lost pet IDs as a standard of care for all of our feline and canine patients. With a microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, at shelters or at veterinary hospitals. Microchips are safe, unalterable and permanent identification for pets. The entire implant procedure takes less than 10 seconds.

The microchip ID system registers the animal with a unique identification number that is filed in a database with other important contact information. This information can be updated at any time.

Microchips use technology that is standardized around the world so that your pet's microchip can be read at shelters in a number of countries.

We strongly urge that pet owners get their pet microchipped.

Nutritional counseling

Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and a primary reason for that is our expanded knowledge of proper nutrition and its value to your pet's overall health. In fact, nutrition is the biggest health variable controlled by a pet's caregiver.

This fact is not lost on the doctors at Asheville Veterinary Associates. During your pet's comprehensive physical examination, we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see.

For most pets, our recommendations include information on proper serving size and other feeding strategies to maintain optimal body weight and nutritional health. We also help you wade through the claims made by pet food producers so you can make the most informed choice.

We offer nutritional counseling for every life stage and have a variety of diets and methods to offer.

Behavioral Counseling

Behavior problems are the number one reason that owners give up a pet. Asheville Veterinary Associates offers behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, introduction of new pets into the household and household pets that engage in conflict with one another. Often a behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (cystitis, bladder stones, and kidney disease).

We maintain an extensive library of information about behavior problems. Our veterinarians help you recognize, validate and categorize behavior problems. We work closely with you in developing a specific plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior. The treatment plan often includes behavior modification and medication-assisted training. If our veterinarians and technical staff members cannot help with your pet's behavior problem, we can refer you to a board-certified animal behaviorist.

Oncology

We offer limited cancer treatment with referral for advanced care.