Please help us as we once again hold our annual Holiday Pet Food Drive to help needy dogs and cats in our community. A great many dogs and cats will need food and warmth this winter, so please donate to help them! There is nothing that we appreciate as much at holiday time as gifts of pet food for our pet food drive. Animal Hospital of North Asheville will match the first 2,000 pounds of food donated, so bring those bags and cans in. Donations will be distributed to Asheville Humane Society, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, and Meals on Wheels Pet Food Program.

Drop any canned or dry pet food, blankets, pet toys and/or monetary donations off at Animal Hospital of North Asheville during normal business hours between Thanksgiving and January 1st.
Holiday Hours   

Since both Christmas and New Year's Day fall on a Sunday, Animal Hospital of North Asheville will be closed the day before each of the two holidays to allow our hard-working staff time to enjoy the holidays. Whenever we are not open, Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital (REACH) is available at 677 Brevard Road. Please call them at 828-665-4399 to let them know you are on the way.

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Pets and Holiday Decorating 
By: Dr. Kassandra Garner
The stores are already decked in boughs of holly (or more accurately, plastic sparkly lights) and you are probably thinking about getting out your own holiday decorations. But for those of us with pets, before we drag those totes out of storage, consideration must be given to how to adorn our houses so that our efforts survive our four-footed companions. Yes, from Christmas trees to strands of garland, holiday decorations are a pet toy paradise from our pet's perspective. Trimming the tree means nothing hanging from the bottom branches that will break when the cat invariably knocks it off. Stockings are not just hung from the chimney with care, but with something that will resist our dogs' efforts to chew on them.

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Gift Ideas for Your Pet      

What do you get for the pet who has everything? Are you looking for some new ideas or a last minute stocking stuffer? Here are a few ideas to help.

For the Pet on the Go
  • Activity specific outerwear to keep your pet safe (cold weather coat, life vest, cooling vest, or reflective breakaway collars for your cats). Ruffwear is a great company for canine outerwear.
  • High Visibility vest - for nighttime runs or off leash time in the woods. Orange vests for you and your dog while out on the trails during hunting season can save a life.
  • Sleepy Pods - the gift of safe travel. Sleepypods have gone through extensive stress and crash testing. The carriers can be used for both cats and dogs. The Clickit Sport dog car restraint harness is certified by the Center for Pet Safety.
  • Hiking guides, books, and maps (for the human companion)
  • A long nylon (non-retractable leash) for "sniffie" exploration walks.
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Don't Let These Holiday
Hazards Ruin Your Holiday   

The holiday season is a time when parties, families, and gifts are centered around food. And there in the middle of it is your dog. Who can resist the high speed tail wag, pleading eyes, and the feed me dance? It's not easy for you and your guests to say no, but it is in the best interest of your pet to not indulge them with tasty holiday treats. Many treats can not only add extra calories and unwanted weight gain to your pet but can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, a more severe illness called pancreatitis or potentially life-threatening toxicity. Bones can cause obstructions, pierce the intestines, and break teeth. A lot of the holiday foods we enjoy such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, alcohol, coffee, and gums, candy and foods with xylitol are all potentially deadly to your pet.

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Keeping Your Pet Stress Free Over the Holiday
Thanksgiving through New Year's Day can be a joyous time of the year, but our pets, just like us, can become overwhelmed and stressed. One of the best gifts we can give to our pets is a stress free holiday! It is important to think about the festivities through their eyes; everything we love about the holidays can be scary for them. So what can we do to help them?

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Generous Donations
     to our Pet Food Drive     

We are so grateful to everyone who has donated to our Holiday Pet Food Drive! Don't worry, if you haven't been able to donate yet, there is still time. Click Here to read about two special donations we received from very generous clients.
Upcoming Pet Help Sessions  
& Classes At AHNA
 
FREE CLASSES 
Free Classes are for people only. Please leave your pet at home.

How and Why to Look After Your Pet's Teeth  
  • January 10th, 7:00 PM,
  • Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room 
  • Presented by Dr. Dave Thompson
It is new thinking for many people, but proper dental care will keep your pet more comfortable, lengthen life and prevent bad breath. It is never too early or too late to start caring for your pet's teeth! Come and learn why it is so important and what's involved. See a live demonstration and get your questions answered. We can help make it easy and fun! 

You can also tour our high tech dental suite and see first-hand what your pet experiences when they are here for a professional dental cleaning. Dr. Thompson will explain exactly how anesthesia is administered and monitored. Learn how to tell if your pet needs professional dental care.

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Puppies WIN (What is Normal Puppy Behavior)

  • January 17th, 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Tristan Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid
This free Behavior Help Session is for anyone with a puppy under 5 months of age or anyone planning to add a puppy to the family. The focus of this help session will be to help you learn what age-appropriate puppy behavior is, learn how to establish good habits to prevent problems from developing, and discover how to take advantage of your puppy's socialization window.

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Unleash the Possibilities: Discover the Keys to a Wonderful Canine Companion.

  • January 24th, 7:00 PM
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
In this free Behavior Help session, you will discover how dogs learn, how to provide appropriate outlets for natural behaviors to keep your dog behaviorally healthy, and how to prevent problem behaviors from developing. Learn how to read your dog's body language for clues that tell you if he is relaxed, stressed, threatened, or afraid. It is a must for family members or anyone thinking about sharing their life with a dog.

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TICKETED CLASSES
Saturday Training Classes

Follow Me: Learn to Enjoy Walks with Your Dog Again  

  • Saturdays, January 7th through January 28th from 2:30 PM-3:30 PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
Does it feel like your dog is taking you for a walk instead of the other way around? Does it seem like you are invisible to your dog the moment you hit the sidewalk or trail? If so, this class is for you! This specialized four-week class teaches you techniques to become proficient at loose leash walking with your dog and increase his or her attention around distractions. This class will strengthen your mechanical and motivational skills so future walks will be more pleasurable. First class is without dogs. It is for the person who walks the dog only.

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Concentration: Learn How to Achieve Focus by Your Dog, Despite Distractions.

  • Saturdays, January 7th and January 14th from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
Learn how to achieve focus by your dog, despite distractions. New environments, people, and other dogs can be challenging and stimulating for your dog. In this two-session class, you will learn how to build focus and shift your dog's attention from distractions back to you. This "Concentration" class is a prerequisite for the other classes in the Training Games Series.

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Red Light Green Light: Create an "On" and "Off" Switch for Your Dog

  • Saturdays, January 28th through February 18th 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
This class will cover stationary positions "stay" and go to "place" and teaches the game of tug including "give". This four-week class will teach you how to help your dog understand when it is appropriate to get revved up and when to settle down.

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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 of their pain and discomfort and to strive to minimize separation from the people they love.
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  • Saturday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Sunday Urgent Care at 4:00 PM. Call 828-253-3393 and listen to message.
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