Beware: Bella's Case Shows that Some Chew Toys Can Cause Permanent Damage to Teeth  

Bella, a friendly, gentle yellow lab, arrived at AHNA for a dental care appointment in December. She is magnificently beautiful. Her family loves her dearly and takes excellent care of her. Without realizing the potential risk, her family bought what seemed like a simple toy for her to chew on, but it caused her great harm. The chew toy was a piece of antler, unfortunately commonly sold at pet stores and on the internet as a "natural" way to clean teeth and provide an enjoyable distraction and entertainment. Antlers, while a natural product, are much too hard for dogs to chew on.
 
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How to Prepare for a New Puppy 

The excitement is mounting and soon there will be the pitter patter of little paws running around the house. You may have the puppy already picked out or have a trip planned to the local shelter to adopt your newest member of the family. Either way, soon your house will be filled with a puppy!

Spending a little time preparing for your puppy will allow for a smooth transition and set up a good foundation for a daily routine from the moment you bring your bundle of joy home. You will also have the things needed to deal with the normal puppy behavior that comes along with a growing puppy.

New Studies Reveal Your Pet's Memory is Better than Previously Thought    

Have you ever wondered what your dog or cat is thinking about? A series of new studies shows our pets may be more self-aware than previously believed. Rather than just having semantic memory - formed by facts and rules known by instinct or learned in order to survive - dogs and cats may also be able to remember specific events or experiences from their lives, which is called episodic memory.

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    AHNA Cupid Cuties!    

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Valentine's Facebook Album: AHNA Cupid Cuties. Your fuzzy Valentines made our day! We loved the photos so much we just had to make a video.

Vaccine Now Available for Both Strains of Canine Flu  

Animal Hospital of North Asheville has a new bivalent vaccine that will aid in the control of disease associated with both canine influenza virus (CIV) H3N2 and canine influenza virus H3N8. When the influenza virus first started affecting dogs, the only known strain was H3N8. In 2015, our community experienced an outbreak of the H3N2 strain of influenza. By giving the bivalent vaccine, we can provide the widest protection against CIV that is available. This is a killed vaccine, so a series of two vaccinations two to three weeks apart are needed the first year and then one revaccination is needed at yearly intervals. If your dog has received a single-strain influenza vaccine in the past (before the first of 2017), we will need to give a series of two vaccines to achieve the best protection.

Upcoming Pet Help Sessions  
& Classes At AHNA
 
FREE CLASSES 
Free Classes are for people only. Please leave your pet at home. 

What to do? Help For You and Your Dog on Exercise Restriction 

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    February 28th, 7:00 PM
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
You may have just received doctor's orders that your canine companion needs rest and exercise restriction during recovery from an injury. Your dog may have an upcoming surgery which means they need to rest during recovery and have limited activity. What do you do when you know your dog will go stir crazy and get into mischief if he or she does not get daily exercise? This help session is for you! Learn activities and how to help your exercise restricted dog through recovery!

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How and Why to Look After Your Pet's Teeth 
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    March 14th, 7:00 PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Dr. Dave Thompson
Did you know that by three years of age 80% of dogs have periodontal disease and 70% of cats have periodontal disease? Did you know periodontal disease is uncomfortable, leads to painful problems and can shorten your pet's life?

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!

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CATS WIN (What is Normal Cat Behavior)

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    March 21st, 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
Have you ever wondered "Why does my cat do that?" Join us to learn what normal behavior is for your cat and to discover appropriate outlets for normal feline behaviors to prevent them from developing into behavior problems.

Learn how to read your cat's body language and vocalizations to better understand her moods and desires. We will also talk about how cats learn, and even explore training techniques for cats! This help session is open to anyone interested in developing a better understanding of their cat's behavior.

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Woof! I Can't Stop Barking
  • March 28th, 7:00 PM
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
Do you need some peace and quiet? Have neighbors ever complained or has animal control been at your door? Do you feel like you've tried everything and nothing has worked? This session is for you. Learn the different reasons that dogs may bark excessively, how to assess what is motivating your dog's vocalization, and what training techniques will work best for your dog's type of barking. 

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TICKETED CLASSES
Saturday Training Classes - Registration and Fee Required

Silver Muzzles: An Enrichment Class for You and Your Senior Dog  

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    Saturdays, March 4th through March 25th, 2:30PM-3:30PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
Registration Required. Fee of $65

Silver Muzzles is a series of four training classes for senior dogs being offered at Animal Hospital of North Asheville on Saturday afternoons starting March 4th at 2:30pm and continuing on Saturdays at 2:30 PM for a total of four classes. This four-week series of classes will help provide mental and physical enrichment for your aging best friend. The class includes scent games, trick training, puzzle toys, low level obstacles, and bodywork to keep your senior dogs mind and body active and happy. There is a charge of $65 for this series of classes. Class size is limited to four lucky dogs. It will be lots of fun for your dog, so see below on how to sign up.

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RED ROVER! Teach your dog to come whenever and wherever reliably!

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    Saturdays, March 4th through March 25th from 4:00PM-5:00PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
Registration Required. Fee of $65

Teaching your dog to come when called enthusiastically and immediately is an important skill every dog should learn. It might end up saving his or her life! Not only does a speedy recall allow your dog more fun and freedom, it gives you piece of mind that your dog will return when asked.

In this 4-week class, you will learn ways to build focus and a variety of techniques to teach a reliable recall, even around distractions. If you have already begun teaching coming when called, but having difficulty around distractions or if this is a new skill you want to teach your dog, this class is for you!

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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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