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Services Offered at Charlotte Street Animal Hospital in Asheville

Preventative health-care services start with the first puppy and kitten visits and continue through our Senior Pet Wellness Program. While we emphasize prevention, we offer complete medical services for your sick pet. We understand that every patient has his or her own unique needs. We are constantly learning new methods of healing and are always open to new ideas and procedures.

The following services (listed by alphabetical order) are available to dogs and cats, and certain services are available to exotic animals, pocket pets, rabbits and small mammals. If you have a particular question about the available treatment that you do not see listed here please do not hesitate to call us at 828-232-0440, or send us an email.

Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine options at our practice include holistic treatments such as herbal supplements, as well as Chinese Medicine, personalized nutritional programs, Acupuncture, Stem Cell Therapy, Chiropractic care, and Behavioural Assessments for pets. 

Aquatic Therapy: Underwater Treadmill

Charlotte Street Animal Hospital has been known to offer underwater treadmill therapy for companion animals since 2010. Underwater treadmills have long been used by human and equine physical therapists to rehabilitate people and horses from injury and to train for optimum performance.

Cat Boarding for Our Patients

Pets are like our children – we feed, nurture, and lavish attention on them. Our highly qualified kennel attendants do the same when you can't be there.

Chiropractic Care for Dogs and Cats

Small animal chiropractic care is becoming established in many veterinary clinics.  Human chiropractic care has been available for over 100 years and research has shown that it is highly effective in treating musculoskeletal conditions.  The principles of chiropractic work equally well for our four-legged friends.

Dental Care

Just like us, our pets need routine dental cleaning and care. Clean teeth are important to your pet’s health for many reasons. Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis which is an inflammation of the gums. Over time the teeth begin to deteriorate, and eventually the root structure will also break down. Not only does this make it challenging for your pet to eat, but it can also be painful. The bacteria which builds up in the mouth begins to gain access to the bloodstream. When dental disease progresses to this state, internal organs such as the kidneys, liver and heart can become affected. In short, your pet’s dental health can affect the overall health of the entire body and its functions.

Emergency and Critical Care

In any emergency, seconds count. Our experienced staff is backed up by our mobile resuscitation unit, stocked and equipped to administer the ABCs of basic life support – Airway, Breathing, Circulation/Cardiac compressions. Emergency care is offered during regular business hours. In addition, we use the services of a local, fully staffed emergency center. 

Exotic Pets

It is understood by most dog and cat owners when a trip to the vet is warranted.  Lack of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, itching, and weight loss are examples of common triggers for us that something is wrong.  But what about the less common members of our pet family?  When should pet rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, or reptiles visit the animal hospital?


Ferrets live on average 6 to 8 years of age and can weigh between 1.1 - 2.6 lbs. They are extremely playful, friendly animals that can make excellent pets!   Ferrets tend to get along well with most cats and dogs, however, this predator species may not get along with birds, rabbits, rodents, or lizards. The ferret is a relative of the weasel, skunk, and otter.

Fully Stocked Pharmacy

Our pharmacy is stocked with a wide range of the best veterinary drugs and supplements in the animal healthcare field.  For your convenience, directly after an appointment, we can fill your pet's prescribed medications.  For refill requests, we kindly ask for 24 hours notice in order to process prescriptions; many times an authorization from the prescribing doctor is required and we do not want

Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are lively, lovable pets that require relatively easy care. The average weight of a guinea pig ranges from 500 to 900 grams (1 to 2 pounds) with the average lifespan of 5 to 7 years

Hospice/Euthanasia Services

Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. We work with clients to ensure their pet's comfort and dignity. 

Internal Medicine

We cover all areas of internal medicine, including: Cardiology; Ophthalmology; Neurology; Dermatology; Gastroenterology; Orthopedic surgery; Oncology; and Endocrinology. 


Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families.  We use Home Again microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery, and luckily for both pets and pet owners, the use of microchips have become more popular over the years. 

Nutritional Counseling

Some pets require special food, and all pets benefit from a balanced diet. Our trained and certified staff is available to help you choose the right diet for your pet to keep him or her happy, healthy, and active. 

Online Pharmacy

We now offer the convenient service of ordering your medications and other supplies online! Click here:

Pain Management

Many pet owners believe that if their pet is in pain, he/she will “vocalize” or cry out. While this may be true of some animals, many pets will vocalize only if he/she is in severe pain. Another popular belief is that their pet is not in pain, they are just “getting old”.

Pet Physical Rehabilitation

Our rehabilitation department has recently expanded and is now at a separate specialist facility 1.3 miles down the road at 178 South Charlotte Street!




Keep up to date with all of our Animal Rehab Center's happenings on our new Facebook page here.  

Read the Citizen-Times Article about our new Animal Rehab facility here.

View our TV Debut video with WLOS about our new facility and grand opening event here. 

Physical rehabilitation functions to increase your pet's range of motion, improve balance and overall muscle strength, and reduce pain. Our rehabilitation program treats disease or physical weakness by means of special physical exercises, massage, heat/cold therapy, electrotherapy, underwater treadmill, and/or ultrasound therapy. This therapy is helpful in treating pets with neurological diseases, hip pain, soft tissue sprains/strains, and arthritis, as well as those recovering from orthopedic surgery.  Any animal experiencing stiffness, trauma, pain, muscle atrophy, imbalance, or inflammation can benefit



Pigs are often susceptible to skin mites; if your pet pig is itchy, a trip to the vet for an exam & cytology will dictate the course of proper treatment.  Please keep in mind, the sooner this is recognized and addressed, the better; some types of mites can be transmitted to humans. 


At Charlotte Street Animal Hospital, we provide care for exotic pets, including your pet rabbit.


Radiographs – or x-rays – help our veterinarians evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular/cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. Our digital x-ray machines enable us to quickly provide important information that will help us diagnose your pet.  We also have dental x-ray capabilities which we use to determine oral health below the gum line. 


Domesticated rats can be low-maintenance, entertaining pets. Rats are clean, friendly, playful, and quiet, and of all the “pocket pets”, they are considered uniquely responsive to their owners. Through selective breeding, many different color and coat pattern mutations have been developed.  The average body length of adult rats is 9 to 11 inches with an average body weight of 1-1.4 lbs.  The average life span is 2-3 years.

Soft-Tissue & Orthopedic Surgeries

We offer some of the most advanced surgical techniques and technologies.  All patients are carefully screened for safety, and anesthetics are specifically tailored to your pet. From soft-tissue to orthopedic, our surgical services and facilities include: board certified surgeon available for consultation; pre-anesthetic blood work profiles; fully trained veterinary and technical staff to ensure the safest, most efficient, state-of-the-art procedures for your pet; heated surgery tables for greater comfort; advanced sterilization techniques; ECG (electrocardiogram) and oxygen saturation monitors; blood pressure monitoring; intensive post-surgical care.

Stem Cell Therapy

Charlotte Street Animal Hospital offers Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy for the pets of western North Carolina using MediVet Biologics Stem Cell Therapy. Dr. Beth Rhyne, who was certified in Canine Rehabilitation in December 2010, is also credentialed in stem cell treatment. Stem cell therapy is primarily used to treat pets with osteoarthritis (OA) and tendon and ligament injuries. According to Dr. Rhyne, “The animal’s own mature stem cells are used so there are no ethical concerns like those surrounding embryonic stem cell research. Animals with debilitating pain now have an effective alternative to surgery, euthanasia, or severely decreased quality of life."


This non-invasive, state-of-the-art technology uses sound waves to painlessly examine specific internal organs, primarily the heart and abdominal organs. Pregnancy exams are also available.

Veterinary Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the use of needles inserted at specific points on the body to provide a certain response.  Acupoints are energy dense areas of the body with multiple nerve endings, lymphatics, and inflammatory mediators. Stimulation of different acupuncture points in different ways can produce different effects. These responses are mostly associated with hormonal responses of the body. The body's natural opioids, endorphins, serotonin, and enkephalins are triggered by acupuncture stimulation. This can regulate homeostasis and relieve pain, muscle tension, anxiety, and gastrointestinal disorders. Acupuncture stimulation can be done in many ways. 

Wellness & Preventative Care

We know how important good health is for people and their pets.  The goal of our pet wellness program is to prevent or minimize disease, improve your pet's quality of life, and help your pet enjoy a healthy life as long as possible.

Our wellness packages are designed to help make sure that your adult or senior pet stays healthy by offering convenient, thorough, comprehensive care.  Our packages make it easy for your pet to receive all their wellness care for the entire year!

Wisdom Panel Mixed Breed Analysis

The Wisdom Panel test is the most comprehensive DNA-based mixed breed test available for dogs. It identifies more than 225+ AKC recognized breeds that may be present in mixed breeds. A quick blood draw and you will soon know the results of what type of breeds (and how much) are in your pet.  This labwork is sent off to the Wisdom Panel laboratory and we get results in about 2 weeks; your doctor will call you when these arrive.