Closed for Independence Day

We will be closed in observance of Independence Day (July 4th)!

The Animal Hospital of North Asheville will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day so that our staff can spend time with loved ones. Our patient care team will be providing care to hospitalized patients, but we will not be open for appointments or emergency care. We will be open from 7:30am until 8:30pm on Tuesday, July 3rd and Thursday, July 5th. We will have normal business hours the week before and after July 4th. Please contact us at 828-253-3393 before July 4th if you need refills of cat food, dog food or your pet's medications or if you have medical concerns.

Swimming and Pool Safety Tips   

Is there anything better than a dip in the pool on a hot summer day? Many dogs enjoy swimming as much as people do. Also, it is a great low impact workout. However, supervision of your pets around water is extremely important, since even the strongest, most enthusiastic swimmers can get into trouble. The keys to water safety for dogs are prevention, preparedness, and awareness.

When it comes to canine athletic ability, personality determines strong swimmers rather than breed. You may think your dog has a natural inclination to the water because of an accepted stereotype. But your dog will develop a relationship with the water based on who your dog is, not what your dog is.
Taking the "Fright" out of July 4th 

The Fourth of July and its accompanying celebrations can be a traumatic experience for pets. It is also the number one holiday for pets to get lost. Even if you keep your cat or dog indoors during this festive holiday, it can easily turn into a "fright night" for your pet. Many cats or dogs can become fearful, anxious, or stressed with loud noises such as thunderstorms, fireworks, loud music and large groups of people celebrating. A little preparation can go a long way toward making sure that they are safe and happy when the festivities begin, and we can help!

1.  Create a safe haven. Use an interior room in the house, preferably without windows and doors leading outside. This will allow you to limit outside noise and create a pet-friendly room. Place their favorite beds, crates, toys, treats, food and water bowls in the room. Using pheromones such as Feliway for cats and Adaptil or DAP for dogs can create a sense of well being. Provide a musical distraction by using sound therapy.

When Does Wildlife Need Our Help? Or Are We Doing More Harm? 

With the increasingly nice weather, we see more wildlife activity which also means seeing more babies and injured wildlife. Sometimes it is hard to tell if the animal truly needs human intervention. Many wild animals leave their babies in a safe spot for long periods of time while out feeding and foraging. Baby wild animals might seem like they need our help, but unless the animal is truly orphaned or injured, there is no need to rescue them. Even with the best intentions, sometimes taking an uninjured baby animal from their environment will decrease their chance for survival.

How do you tell if wildlife needs help?

Determining whether an animal is orphaned and needs your help depends on age, species, and behavior. Babies of some species are left alone all day and rely on camouflage for protection, while others are tightly supervised by their parent.  Some animals will play dead or appeared injured as a defense mechanism. Although we want to help, sometimes it is not the best option and can be harmful to the animal. Other times they do need our help!

We currently DO NOT have a certified wildlife rehabilitator on-site at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville. We are limited in what we can do to help. Please do not drop off wildlife at AHNA, but call first. If you find a wild animal that is injured, we can assess the severity of injuries and suffering and it may be humanely euthanized if we find that it is not able to be rehabilitated. Licensed wildlife rehabilitators have the appropriate equipment and knowledge on how to best rehabilitate and release the animal(s).

Click Here to learn more on how you can help.
  Phone System Causing Some Minor Issues

We are in the process of replacing our phone system. Please be aware that if your call goes into the queue to be answered, you will hear a series of beeps. Please know that your call will be answered as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience during this time. Thank you for your patience while we work towards updating our phone systems.
Upcoming Pet Help Sessions
& Classes at AHNA
Free classes are for people only. Please leave your pet at home.
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.
  • July 2nd and July 16th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm
  • 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.

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.

Click Here to read more about this class.

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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