What happens at AHNA during inclement weather? 
We are blessed to live in an area that mostly avoids extreme weather conditions like blizzards and hurricanes, but sometimes inclement weather does occur. Patient care is of paramount importance to us, but so is the safety of our staff.

The last time the hospital did not open at all due to weather was during the 1993 blizzard when there was 2 feet of snow on the ground. In more typical situations, the hospital is open on snowy days. We determine how late to stay open based on road conditions, making sure that our staff can get home safely. If we plan to close early, a member of our Client Care Team will call you to let you know that we are closing early, and will work to reschedule your appointment earlier in the day or on another day that is convenient for you.

Oh, Those Aching Hips - Hip Dysplasia & Hip Arthritis in Dogs 

By Amy Plankenhorn, DVM

Winter, with its cold and damp weather, can be tough on arthritis sufferers. But for animals with arthritis, any time of the year can bring pain and stiffness. While cats definitely can have arthritis, today we're going to focus on hip dysplasia and hip arthritis in dogs.

What exactly is arthritis?

By definition, arthritis means painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. When we talk about "arthritis," we're usually thinking about osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, which occurs when there is a breakdown in the normal smooth cartilage in a joint. As the protective layer of cartilage goes away, bone rubs against bone causing pain, decreased mobility, and further joint damage. While osteoarthritis is a "wear and tear" type of arthritis, hip dysplasia is cause by abnormal formation of the hip joint during development, making it a disease of younger dogs.

Asheville Lifestyle Magazine Readers Vote AHNA Best Vet in Asheville! 

Thank you to the readers of Asheville Lifestyle Magazine for voting Animal Hospital of North Asheville the best veterinarian in Asheville. We are so honored to have earned your confidence.
A Happy Heart is A Healthy Heart 
February is the month of love and we know there is a lot to love about your furry companion. So don't be heartbroken!

February is National Pet Dental and Heart Health Month. Here are a few things to help your cat or dog live a longer and healthier life.

Why Cats Purr 
So, why do cats purr? Let's look at how cats purr and why your cat purring isn't always a sign that your kitty is content.

Cats are evolutionary masterpieces of design. They have evolved in such a way that many of their characteristics, including behaviors, are multifunctional - helping to increase the odds of survival. Cat scratching marks territories, it communicates conflicted feelings and it maintains nail health. Cat whiskers feel wind directions, broadcast moods and help cats navigate. But what about cat purring? Why do cats purr and what does it mean when a cat purrs? Let's find out.

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Things We Love!   

To celebrate Valentine's Day, we put
together a video of things we love. Enjoy!

Upcoming Pet Help Sessions
& Classes at AHNA
FREE CLASSES 
Free classes are for people only. Please leave your pet at home.
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MARCH
The Right Way To Get Your Cat Into Their Carrier

  • Tuesday, March 20th, 2018  starting at 7:00PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Tristan Rehner-Fleurant, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid
  • People Only. No Registration required. No fee to attend. Everyone welcome! 

Does your cat disappear when you bring out their carrier? Is it a battle to put your cat into their carrier? Many cats resist getting into their carriers, but it is possible (and important) to avoid this stress for your cat and for you. This free help session will provide positive methods to help train your cat to enjoy their carrier along with tips to help make traveling with your cat less stressful.
 

APRIL
How To Help Your Leash Reactive Dog
  • Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 starting at 7:00PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Tristan Rehner-Fleurant, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid
  • People Only. No Registration required. No fee to attend. Everyone welcome! 
This free Behavior Help Session is for anyone with a puppy under 5 months of age, anyone who is interested in understanding more about puppy behavior or anyone planning on adding a puppy to the family. The focus of this help session will be to help you learn what age-appropriate puppy behavior is for your puppy, 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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MAY
Feline Spa Day: Tips For Routine Care For Your Feline Friend
  • Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 starting at 7:00PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Tristan Rehner-Fleurant, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid
  • People Only. No Registration required. No fee to attend. Everyone welcome!
Do you dread the thought of having to trim your cat's nails? Do you wish you could brush your cat but you are unsure where to begin? Do you cringe at the thought of having to medicate your cat? Turn routine hygiene maintenance into a spa day for your furry friend.   This Free Behavioral Help Session will help you understand the normal behavioral and grooming needs of cats. Join us to learn ways to medicate your cat, how to introduce tooth brushing to your cat, tips on nail trimming along with simple and effective gentle handling techniques.

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JUNE
Be Brave! How To Help Your Fearful Dog Gain Confidence
  • Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 starting at 7:00PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Tristan Rehner-Fleurant, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid
  • People Only. No Registration required. No fee to attend. Everyone welcome!
Whether your dog has specific fears or is generally timid, learn how to understand the signs of anxiety, how to prevent fear from becoming aggression, and some fundamental techniques to help your "wallflower" dog come out of his or her shell.

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JULY
Help Prevent Your Cat's Destructive Scratching
  • Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 starting at 7:00PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Tristan Rehner-Fleurant, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid
  • People Only. No Registration required. No fee to attend. Everyone welcome!
Come learn ways to help prevent your cat from destroying your furniture and carpets by scratching.  This Free Behavioral Help Session will help you understand the normal behavioral needs cats have for scratching and ways to meet those needs that are acceptable to both cats and people.  The behavioral pros and cons of declawing will be covered as well as some alternatives to declawing for people who are having trouble managing their cat's destructive scratching.

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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.

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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 and prevention of their fear, pain and discomfort and to strive to minimize separation from the people they love.
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