Weight Management for Cats:
The Catkins Diet!

Cats are meant to be lean, sleek predators, rippling with muscle.

  1. Diabetes: Diabetes is becoming more common in cats, due to the increase in obesity in cats. Fat actually produces a hormone that causes insulin resistance, making overweight cats much more prone to Type 2 diabetes. For cats diagnosed with early diabetes, just as in people, weight loss can prevent or slow progression to full-blown diabetes.
  2. Joint problems: Cats often develop arthritis. This can limit their ability to feel good and be active (also, inactivity promotes weight gain). They may have difficulty using their litter box comfortably. They may have difficulty grooming. Arthritis is uncomfortable! Pain control in cats is challenging - it's much better to eliminate the obesity risk factor for arthritis.
Click Here to read about how to help your cat safely lose weight.

Mandy May and Buddybear: Two Very Special Stories about Paw It Forward

First, let us introduce you to Mandy May, a darling little 14 week old Shih-Poo puppy. Mandy May has the biggest, fullest and most loving personality. In spite of being only about three and a half pounds, she lights up any room she is in. Mandy May did not have the best start in life. She was rescued from a North Asheville home where conditions were terrible and she did not receive the care she needed. When rescued, Mandy May was malnourished and half the size of her litter mates, and her survival was questionable. 

Click Here to read Mandy May's story, and to meet Buddybear!
Tick Alert!
Spring is here and ticks are too! Please remember to check your pet regularly for ticks, because ticks transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, St. Louis encephalitis, tick paralysis, tularemia, cytauxzoonosis, Lyme disease, canine ehrlichiosis, hepatozoonosis, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. These diseases can make your pet very sick, so please take action now!

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Why Take Dental X-rays?     

By: Dr. Dave Thompson

Veterinary Dentistry has three very basic goals:

  1. Every pet should have a comfortable mouth.
  2. Infection and inflammation in the mouth should be eliminated or minimized.
  3. There should not be growths or tumors occurring in the mouth.
Most people wake up every morning and have no worries that they will have a comfortable mouth that day.  Unfortunately, it is estimated that 93% of pets in America wake up every morning with oral discomfort in the mouth. That is why Dr. Sim and I are so passionate about veterinary dentistry. Helping pets and educating our pet parents about how to maintain comfortable mouths in their pets is our mission.

Click Here to learn more.
Congratulations to Our Graduates!  
Congratulations to the dedicated participants who brought their canine companions to Dog-Ed's recent Saturday training classes taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA. This class, Follow Me: Enjoy walks with your dog again!, was held here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville every week for four weeks. The participants learned techniques to become proficient at loose leash walking with their dogs and how to increase their dog's attention on them when distractions occur. This class helped strengthen mechanical and motivational skills so future walks will be more pleasurable.

Click Here to read more!
A Video to Celebrate
     National Pet Month!

At Animal Hospital of North Asheville, every month is National Pet Month! But we are super happy that pets are recognized each May - it's a great reminder of how important pets are to our lives. What would we do without their unconditional love and loyalty?

Enjoy this video slideshow of just some of the pets we are celebrating this month!
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 Your Pet's Teeth

Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 pm in the AHNA Education Room presented by Dr. Dave Thompson.

Did you know that by 3 years of age: 
  • 80% of Dogs have Periodontal Disease
  • 70% of Cats have Periodontal Disease
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 see live demonstrations and learn how to care for your pet's teeth at home. We can help make it easy and fun!

Click Here to see all of our June classes and choose the one you are interested in.

Be Brave! How to Help Your Fearful Dog Gain Confidence.

This class is being presented free of charge on Tuesday, June 21st at 7:00pm in the AHNA Education Room by Tristan Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA of Pet Behavior Aid.

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.
Click Here to see all of our June classes and choose the one you are interested in.

Unleash the Possibilities: Discover the Keys to a Wonderful Canine Companion 

This class is being presented free of charge on Wednesday, June 29th at 7:00pm in the AHNA Education Room by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed.

In this class you will discover how dogs learn, how to provide appropriate outlets for natural behaviors to keep your dog behaviorally healthy, and how to prevent problem behaviors from developing. Learn how to read your dog's body language for clues that tell you if he is relaxed, stressed, threatened, or afraid. This class is a must for any dog guardian or someone thinking about sharing their life with a dog.  
TICKETED CLASSES - Saturday Training Classes, tickets and registration is required

Silver Muzzles Dog Training Class: An Enrichment Class for Senior Dogs

The series of classes will be taught in the Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room by Jenny White, CPDT- KA of Dog-Ed.

Dates: Saturdays starting June 11, 2016 - July 9th, 2016 (no class on 7/2/16) at 2:30-3:30pm

Silver Muzzles is a series of four classes for senior dogs being offered at Animal Hospital of North Asheville on Saturday afternoons starting June 11th at 2:30pm. There is a charge of $65 for this series of classes. Class size is limited to 4 dogs. It is lots of fun for your dog!

This 4-week class 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 dog's mind and body active and happy.

Click Here to see all of our June classes and choose the one you are interested in.

Mother May I? The first step to a courteous canine is self control!

The series of classes will be taught in the Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room by Jenny White, CPDT- KA of Dog-Ed.

Dates: Saturdays, June 11th, 2016 - July 9th, 2016 (NO CLASS 7/2/16) 4:00 - 5:00pm

This class is perfect for adolescents and dogs whose impulse control could use some polishing. In this 4-week 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.

Click Here to see all of our June classes and choose the one you are interested in. 

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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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