Closed for Labor Day 

The Animal Hospital of North Asheville will be closed Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day so our AHNA staff can spend time with loved ones. We will maintain normal hours before and after Labor Day.

  • Saturday Sept. 1st- 8:00am- 5:00pm
  • Sunday, Sept. 2nd - CLOSED
  • Monday, Sept 3rd - CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Sept 4th-7:30am-8:30pm

Thank You for Voting Us  
Best of WNC 2018     

We are very proud and grateful that Animal Hospital of North Asheville has again been voted Best of WNC in the Mountain Xpress poll. We strive every day to provide the best care for the pets of our community (and their people), and we are honored to be recognized for doing what we love.

Although we have won this award many times, we do not take your vote for granted. Over the past few years, we have been proud leaders in the fear-free veterinary care movement, and we are excited to learn even more about how to reduce fear in our patients. Most of our staff members have become or are in the process of becoming individually fear free certified. One of our top goals is to earn PRACTICE CERTIFICATION which takes Fear Free to the next level - from an individual to a joint effort that requires the entire practice team to work together to achieve certification. 

Change in Rat Poison Makes it Even More Dangerous to Pets    

We recently learned that D-Con changed the active ingredient in their commonly used rodent bait products, which will make treatment of these poisonings more complicated.

Most commercially available rodenticide (rat poison) products contain an ingredient that interferes with the blood's ability to clot, called an anticoagulant. It takes a couple of days for signs of toxicity to develop. The signs include bleeding from the mouth, nose, gastrointestinal tract or urine, pale gums, labored breathing, and weakness. Anticoagulant rodenticides can definitely be dangerous, since extreme bleeding can occur before we can make a diagnosis. Fortunately, if caught in time, the toxicity can be treated with Vitamin K, and supportive care including blood transfusion or fluid therapy if needed.

New Phone System Installed   

Our new phone system has been installed! Although this is great news, we have had a few new-installation challenges to overcome. We are happy to report that the issue with some carriers not being able to call in has been resolved. There is currently still some difficulty with being able to put callers on hold, and the phone techs are working hard to get this fixed. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this process.

If you cannot reach us for any reason including scheduling or canceling an appointment, questions for our veterinarians, refilling medications or any other reason, please email at This email is being checked from 7:30AM - 6:00PM Monday through Friday and from 8:00AM to 4:30PM on Saturdays. You can also message us through our Facebook page. Or log onto your pet portal. Thank you!
Breaking the Stereotype:  
  Positive Basket Muzzle Training

For many people, the idea of a muzzled dog evokes feelings of fear. This is from a long-standing association of muzzles being used with dangerous dogs. Muzzles are used for so much more than aggression issues. Muzzles, when used correctly, are a wonderful tool that gives your dog more freedom safely. It's time to eliminate those negative associations and appreciate muzzles for all the good things they can do.

A muzzle can be a life saver by preventing dogs from eating rocks, sticks, and other objects that can cause gastrointestinal obstructions. They are a great training tool for gentle handling, especially near the face. A muzzle can be used as part of behavior modification by providing it as a piece of safety equipment while working on creating good behaviors and building confidence. It can keep dogs out of trouble if they react to other dogs or people on walks. And with proper training, it can be low stress and fun to wear.
  Tigger: A Case Study About Sticks

Tigger was recently adopted from the shelter by his mom. He was found as a stray, and he was very wary of new people and afraid of new things. Little did Tigger know he was now part of a family who will give him the best life possible.

His mom, Penny, noticed that his breath had a bad odor, and was concerned that he may need a dental cleaning so she made an appointment at Animal Hospital of North Asheville for a dental cleaning earlier this month. We found a surprise during his oral health assessment - a stick lodged between his upper carnassial teeth (the large back chewing teeth)!
Upcoming Pet Help Session at AHNA
The Pet Loss and Grief Support Group is for people only.
Pet Loss and Grief Support Group

Losing a pet friend and companion can be heartbreaking. Whether it is a sudden or planned goodbye, it is an emotional time. We understand the strength and specialness of the animal - human bond. On the first and third Monday of each month, we are hosting a Pet Loss Grief Support Group presented by Four Seasons Compassion for Life. This group is for anyone who is grieving the loss of an animal companion and needs further support.
  • No meeting on September 3rd due to the Labor Day holiday
  • Sept. 17th from 7pm to 8:30pm
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by: Four Seasons Pet Loss Grief Support Group
  • Please do not bring pets to the grief support meetings. Thank you.
Click Here to read more about this support group.

If you are happy with the care and service you and your pet have received at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, we would greatly appreciate your taking a few minutes to write a review online.

We have made it easy for you to review us on Google - just Click Here for easy instructions - and thank you!

Mission Statement:
By embracing new knowledge and state-of-the-art technology, our mission at AHNA is to provide the highest level of medical, dental and surgical care possible; to deliver it with integrity and compassion for our clients, but most importantly, to constantly see ourselves through the eyes of our voiceless patients who understand only that we are gentle and kind; to have as our first priority, relief and prevention of their fear, pain and discomfort and to strive to minimize separation from the people they love.
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