Sunday, October 31, 2010

Soft Tissue Surgery - Brachycephalic Syndrome

We offer multiple services for different surgical conditions. One I would like to highlight is the Brachycephalic Syndrome. This condition is found mostly in short nosed dog breeds, referred to as brachycephalic breeds. Dogs such as the English bulldog, Pug, Pekingese, and Boston terrier all fall into this category because of the shape of their head, muzzle, or throat.

The term "Brachycephalic Syndrome" refers to the combination of elongated soft palate, stenotic nares, and averted laryngeal saccules, all of which are commonly seen in these breeds. Some dogs with brachycephalic syndrome may also have a narrow trachea (windpipe), collapse of the larynx (the cartilages that open and close the upper airway) or paralysis of the larvyngeal cartilages.

For a great reference on Brachycephalic Syndrome , click here.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pet Costumes

I'm sure by now you have noticed the costumes section is growing every year, and not just for people, but pets too! Here is the top ten list of most popular pet costumes according to the National Retail Federation.

1. Devil

2. Pumpkin

3. Witch

4. Princess

5. Angel

6. Pirate

7. Hot Dog

8. Bat

9. Black Cat

10. Clown

During your next visit to the store, I hope you walk to the pet costume aisle if not for nothing but a good laugh.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What To Know When Flying With Your Pet

With the holidays quickly approaching, I felt these quick tips might come in handy.

- Book the flight for you and your pet at the same time. Most airlines have an allowed number of pets on board so if you wait, they might not have room for you four legged friend.

- When choosing your flights this winter, pick a time during mid day for a warmer temperature on the plane. If flying in warm weather, choose an early morning or late in the afternoon flight. Also be aware that airlines are not allowed to ship pets when temperatures are above 85 degrees.

- Some airlines require an acclimation certificate (a document about your pet's health) written by your vet within 10 days of your flight.

- Purchase your travel approved crate a couple of weeks before your flight so your pet has time to get used to it and be comfortable.

We hope this helps! Let us know if you have any questions or if we can be of service in any way.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

WCVS - Supporter of The Junior League

Here is a copy of the latest ad from Western Carolina Veterinary Surgery for The Junior League. The Junior League of Asheville hosts many events to help raise money for our community projects.

See below for information on the next Junior League Event- The Fall Gala: Masquerade in the Meadow

Asheville’s Inaugural Fall Gala: Masquerade in the Meadow. Longmeadow Park is an outdoor "living room" for all seasons where guests will arrive and be greeted by aerial performers, jazz music, food, beverages and incredible raffle items. Tents will be arranged in the natural amphitheater, magnificently lit with plenty of room for guests to sit, eat and socialize. This year’s theme - Masquerade in the Meadow - means you, your date, your neighbor and your friend, all have the possibility to sport cocktail attire with masquerade flair, wickedly fun makeup, and a feather or two. Delightful idea? We thought so too!

Where else can you enjoy an evening of dress up while sipping cocktails and watching acrobats dangling from Tuscan hued trees? Or meander in and out of a tent affectionately dubbed Libation Lounge? Or capture a naughty moment inside a Smooch Booth? Exactly. Come join us!

Get out your datebook: Saturday, October 23, 2010
Set your clock: 6:00 p.m.
Program your GPS: Longmeadow Park, The Ramble
And of course, grab some dough: $50 per ticket

Proceeds from The Fall Gala support the Junior League of Asheville's mission to improve the community, promote voluntarism, and develop the potential of women.

Click Here for more information.