Through A Cat's Nose  
 
We all know how amazing a dog's nose is. Their ability to distinguish a particular scent in an ocean of smells allows them to have jobs like sniffing out drugs, bomb residue, illness or even tracking down a missing person. But did you know that cats also have an amazing sense of smell? It turns out that smells can play a huge part in increasing or decreasing stress and anxiety in a cat's environment.

Cats rely on their noses to detect prey, distinguish if a food is edible or toxic, and help find their way home. Through scent they are aware of other cats or predators in their territory. This can save their life! Not only do cats have a much better sense of smell than humans, but their ability to smell is linked to stimulating appetite. This is the reason many cats with respiratory issues or blockages won't eat. If they cannot smell their food then their appetite is not stimulated and they do not eat.

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Education Presentation for  AHNA on Nutrition 
In April, the staff at Animal Hospital of North Asheville was treated to lunch and a talk about the "Importance of Nutrition" by Dr. Michelle Turner.

The presentation was about the importance of basic nutrition in the daily life of our pets, and about the ways in which nutrition plays a key role in managing diseases such as kidney disease and arthritis. Dr. Turner also introduced some of the new therapeutic diets that Hill's Pet Nutrition offers.

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Surviving Snake Season Safely  

Springtime means warm weather, long days, and more opportunities to get out in the woods or in our yards. Unfortunately, spring also means more opportunities for humans and their pets to encounter snakes. The most common poisonous snake in Western North Carolina is the copperhead, although rattlesnakes, water moccasins and coral snakes are also seen in the area.

Copperheads spend most of their time in cover, including wood piles, rock piles, tall grass, piles of leaves, or thickets. According to the Ohio Public Library Information Network, copperheads are usually out and about during the day in the spring and fall, but during the summer they become nocturnal.

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Tips for Hiking with Your Dog  

By: Dr. Kasandra Garner

The weather is warming up, even in the high country. You and your dog are tired of the same route around the neighborhood, even if the turkeys and rabbits do make it more interesting now that it's Spring. Time to head to the trails!

Many trails in the immediate Asheville vicinity are dog friendly, as long as your dog is on a leash. Even on trails where there is no "leash law", it is advisable to keep your dog on a leash unless he or she stays within a few feet of you and has a reliable recall. Other hikers may not want to be approached by your dog, even if your dog is friendly. Also, other hikers may have their dog on a leash because THEIR dog isn't friendly. Another important reason to keep your dog on a leash is the popularity of mountain biking in this region. Your dog may startle when a cyclist rapidly overtakes you on a downhill, resulting in tragedy for your dog and the cyclist if a collision occurs. Yet another reason to keep your dog on a leash in the woods is the presence of wildlife. Even the best behaved pooch sometimes forgets their recall when on the scent of a deer or other critter.

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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.

How and Why To Look After My Pet's Teeth 

  • June 13th, 7:00 PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Dr. Dave Thompson
Did you know that by 3 years of age 80% of Dogs have Periodontal Disease and 70% of Cats have Periodontal Disease? Did you know periodontal disease is uncomfortable 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! 

Puppies WIN (What is Normal Puppy Behavior)

  • Tuesday, June 20th, 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
This free Behavior Help Session is for anyone with a puppy under 5 months of age or anyone planning to add a puppy to the family. The focus of this help session will be to help you learn what age-appropriate puppy behavior is, 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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Dog Play! Learn what dogs are saying to one another during play.
 
  • Tuesday, June 27th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Does mounting really mean dominance?
  • Does your dog get targeted by other dogs?
  • Is your dog a bully or the play police?
  • Should small dogs play with larger dogs?
  • When should you step in to help your dog out?
Get these questions answered and much more by Jenny White, Certified Pet Dog Trainer of Dog-Ed. Reading a dog's body language is an important skill for anyone who has a dog. It helps keep a dog safe and allows for positive interactions with other canines at dog parks, day care, and in other social situations.

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

Follow Me: Enjoy Walks with Your Dog Again
This Class is Full.
  • Saturdays, June 3 - 24th, 2:30 - 3:30 PM
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Cost: $65
Does it feel like your dog is taking you for a walk instead of the other way around? Does it seem like you are invisible to your dog the moment you hit the sidewalk or trail? If so, this class is for you!

This specialized four-week class teaches you techniques to become proficient at loose leash walking with your dog and increase his or her attention around distractions. This class will strengthen your mechanical and motivational skills so future walks will be more pleasurable.

CONCENTRATION: Learn how to achieve focus, despite the distractions This Class is Full
  • Saturdays, June 3rd and June 10th, 4:00 - 5:00PM
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Cost: $100 for the 6 week class of training classes


New environments, people, and other dogs can be challenging and stimulating for your dog. In this 2-week class, you will learn how to build focus and shift your dog's attention from distractions back to you. This SERIES also includes a 4-week class of coming when called (Red Rover), loose leash walking (Follow Me), stationary training (Red Light-Green Light) or polite greetings (Mother May I?) class. It is your choice! For a total of 6-week fun and skill building learning! This "Concentration" class is a prerequisite for the other classes in the Training Games Series.

 
SIMON SAYS: Sit, stand, and all that jazz!
This Class is Full 

  • Saturdays, June 17th and June 24th, 4:00-5:00PM
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Cost: $35 for this 2 week class
New to training? Unable to get your dog sit or down? Need some help trouble shooting the basics? This class is for you! Our certified dog trainer will provide guidance and support on training the fundamental positions and learn the many techniques used to train them through positive reinforcement. Behaviors taught in this class are: sit, down, stand, and hand targeting.



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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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