Why Retractable Leashes Are Dangerous at a Veterinary Hospital  

Retractable leashes (Flexi leads) are very popular for walking dogs and provide wonderful benefits to dogs when used in the right environment. These types of leashes are designed to give dogs the freedom to roam and explore, but this design can cause problems in enclosed spaces, situations where you cannot give your dog your full attention, or areas that are shared by other families with pets. An animal hospital is one of these places where injuries from retractable leashes are increased. At Animal Hospital of North Asheville, we allow only standard 6 foot leashes (non-retractable) to help prevent injuries to you and your dog.

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Feline Asthma - More Than Just Hairballs 

Have you ever watched your cat breathe? What a silly question! But the fact is, most of us don't really watch how our cats breathe on a regular basis. Normally, cats breathe about 20 times per minute, and their breathing is smooth, silent, and almost imperceptible unless they're purring. When there is something wrong in the lungs, there are some changes that you can watch out for:
  1. Coughing - cat coughs are frequently misinterpreted as attempts to "cough up a hairball." But if you watch closely, you'll notice that a coughing cat will crouch with his elbows out and neck extended, and make a repeated wheezing sound with no fluid produced.
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You Did It! You Helped Team AHNA Paw It Forward!  

Asheville Humane Society's Paw It Forward Campaign raised over $31,800  to help needy pets in our community! Your generosity helped TEAM Animal Hospital of North Asheville raise over $4,100 for Paw It Forward. Thank you!

The fundraiser ran through the month of June and ended with a wonderful party at Asheville Humane Society. We so appreciate the many, many donations our clients made to Team AHNA through online donations and at the reception desk of our hospital. Large and small, every donation helps these special animals in need. Thank you!

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The Dawn Dog Joggers: Safe Hot Weather Exercise 

By Dr. Kasandra Garner

Perhaps you have heard of, or even read, Annie Phenix's excellent book "The Midnight Dog Walkers." It is a wonderful practical resource for owners of leash reactive, difficult, or aggressive dogs. It occurred to me while I was jogging with my dog in the cool of the early morning last week that there is also a society of "Dawn Dog Joggers." We wake before the sun is up - at least, in the summer months - to vigorously exercise our high energy dogs before the temperature and humidity make it impossible to do so safely.  Later, the dog walkers will emerge. But the misty light of dawn is safest for anything more than a short ramble when the daytime highs reach into the 90s.

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Update on Canine Influenza  

The Asheville area had many confirmed cases of H3N2 during the 2015 canine influenza outbreak, but with the most recent US outbreak that began this spring, the closest case that we know of to date occurred near Charlotte, NC. There have been other cases in NC and two deaths occurred in NC from Canine Influenza.  At this time, other areas of the country are dealing with confirmed H3N2 outbreaks and an outbreak may occur in our community.
Upcoming Pet Help Sessions
& Classes at AHNA
Free classes are for people only. Please leave your pet at home.

Help Prevent Your Cat's Destructive Scratching -
CANCELED - To Be Rescheduled

  • Canceled - To Be Rescheduled
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Tristan Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid

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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Don't Leave Me! How to Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

  • Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:00 pm
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
Does your dog destroy items and eliminate when you leave the house? Howl for hours the moment you step out the door to go to work? Become anxious at just the sight of you picking up your purse? Join us for this free help session and learn how you can help your pet!  

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Our classes fill up fast! Check our website and Facebook Events Calendar for available Saturday Training Classes.  

Mother May I? The first step to a courteous canine is self control! (this class is full)

  • Saturdays, August 12th- September 2nd, 2:30 - 3:30 PM
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Cost: $65 for this 4 week class
This 4 week training class is perfect for adolescents and dogs whose impulse control could use some polishing. In this class, you will learn how to teach your dog to greet people politely, "wait", and "leave". You will also gain the knowledge of how to use your body language to influence your dog's behavior.

CONCENTRATION: Learn how to achieve focus, despite the distractions

  • Saturdays, August 26th and September 2nd from 4:00PM-5:00PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Cost: $100

New environments, people, and other dogs can be challenging and stimulating for your dog. The first two Saturdays of this 6-week class, you will learn how to build focus and shift your dog's attention from distractions back to you. You will pick your class for the last four Saturdays. You can choose one of the following four week classes: coming when called (Red Rover), loose leash walking (Follow Me), stationary training (Red Light-Green Light) or polite greetings (Mother May I?) class. It's your choice! You will have a total of 6-weeks of fun and skill building! This "Concentration" class is a prerequisite for the other classes in the Training Games Series.

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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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