40 Years at AHNA 

We want to recognize an amazing technician who is celebrating 40 years with Animal Hospital of North Asheville this month. After graduating from Warren Wilson College, Mary was hired on as the first technician at AHNA in 1978.

Mary is part of our wonderful specialized dental team, and also manages our inventory. She is compassionate, dedicated, hard-working, extremely knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. She is a beloved part of AHNA! We want to thank her for being with us for 40 years, and we invite you to congratulate Mary, too! We love you, Mary! Thank you for all you do!

Unpredictable Weather Equals Year-Round Fleas, Ticks & Heartworms 

With our unpredictable weather, flea and tick season is no longer easy to define. We are now seeing ticks and fleas all year-round, although there are still times during the year that the fleas and ticks are greater in numbers.  One flea can lay 30-50 eggs per day, leading to rapid infestation of the environment.  It's easier to prevent fleas than get rid of them, so make sure that ALL of the pets in the environment are being treated with an effective flea product. Ticks are harder to prevent, since they reproduce outdoors and they complete their life cycle slower than fleas do. Fortunately, there are excellent products available to kill adult ticks on your pet. But remember it only takes one flea or tick to cause problems ranging from hot spots to serious disease transmission. Please be sure to protect your pets year-round to break the flea and tick life cycle. Missing one month of prevention can allow infestation to occur.

Cat Fight! Why Cat Friends Fuss After Vet Visits

Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off, and Kitty no longer fears the carrier and handles the car ride with almost no signs of fear, anxiety or stress. Kitty purrs and cheek-bonks the veterinary technicians and barely notices the doctor's exam through all the petting and tasty treats. But as soon as you get home, Kitty's former feline friends snub him, or worse. What's up with cats treating their returning friends like enemies?

Creating a Fear Free experience for cats doesn't stop after the veterinary visit. Fear, anxiety, and stress often develop when a cat leaves home and then returns. That's upsetting and hurtful to pet parents and the returning cat, as well as the whole clowder. You can reduce the chance of cat bashing, though, with these tips.
Urinary Problems in Pets 

By Dr. Kasandra Garner

When pets have "toilet" accidents, many owners assume the problem is behavioral. However, when a dog that was previously housetrained starts to urinate inside the house or a cat starts to urinate outside the litter box, the first thing an owner should do is schedule a visit with their veterinarian. Very often your pet is trying to tell you something about a physical problem or illness when they break their housetraining.

Frequent urination with small amounts produced can be a sign of a urinary tract infection. In dogs this may mean asking to go out more often than usual or squatting without producing a stream. Cats with urinary tract infections make multiple visits to the litter box, and may vocalize while voiding.

Giving. Caring. Sharing. Supporting those in need! 

This month Animal Hospital of North Asheville had the privilege of delivering a check (and some goodies too) to three amazing groups: Asheville Humane Society, Meals on Wheels of Buncombe County and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. These compassionate organizations work to provide food and supplies to animals in need in our community, along with their many other services to the animals and people of Buncombe County.

Through your generous donations during the 2017 Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive, we collected over 2,575 pounds of food, which did not include blankets, beds, carriers, toys, and monetary donations. AHNA matched and donated 2,000 pounds of food in the form a check. Together we were able to provide almost 4,600 pounds of food.

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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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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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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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