AHNA's Commitment to Fear Free Care Draws Special New Hospital Director  

Whether you and your pets are new to AHNA, or if you've been seeing us for years, you have probably noticed we do things a little differently here. Treats are offered generously, pets are examined on soft, cozy blankets instead of cold metal tables, and you're welcome to accompany your pet nearly everywhere they go in the hospital. These are examples of our efforts to reduce any discomfort, fear, anxiety and stress that your pet may experience during their visit. Although AHNA has been thinking along these lines for many years, there's now a world-wide initiative that offers Fear Free certification for veterinary professionals.

Early Detection of a Serious Heart Arrhythmia     

By Susan Wootten, DVM

What started out as a routine recheck for a quiet heart murmur found at her annual visit in May turned into a life-threatening emergency visit for sweet Mia, an 11-year-old Greyhound. I found a grade 2/6 heart murmur during an annual comprehensive wellness visit in May. Because this was a new finding, I recommended that we have the heart murmur rechecked within 3-4 months. Heart murmurs are graded on a scale of 1-6 depending on how loud they are. If the murmur was found to be louder at this visit, or there were any other concerns with her heart rate or rhythm, additional diagnostics would be recommended at that time.

Buy Your Tickets for Asheville Humane Society's Taste of Compassion
Presented by: Animal Hospital of North Asheville 
Morris Hellenic Cultural Center - Saturday, November 4, 2017 6:00-9:00 PM
With VIP Pre-Gala Reception from 5:00-6:00 PM

 Step back in time to Asheville of the 1920's for a rousing night at the "Barkeasy"! Live music will fill the air as guests enjoy a rich selection of wine, craft beer, and vegetarian hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Come dolled up or decked out (if you wish) in your snazziest 1920's themed attire. Help us fund the need by bidding on one-of-a-kind items and experiences during our silent and live auctions, including the 2018 Outback from Prestige Subaru!

Tickets are $75, but for those who want the red carpet treatment, VIP tickets can be purchased for $125. VIP guests are invited to the pre-gala party from 5-6pm where they will be greeted with champagne, offered passed hors d'oeuvres by Smoky Park Supper Club, and will have the first opportunity to bid on auction packages. The V.I.Paw lounge and bar, serving superior wine selections, is exclusive to these guests.


All proceeds will benefit homeless animals in need.
Another Sweet Puppy Survives Burns to Lead a Happy Life 

By Jodi Casher, BS, AAS, RVT

On a chilly evening in February, Animal Hospital of North Asheville got a call that a critically ill two-month-old puppy was being transferred to our care. This was the second puppy that had come to us for burn treatments in a span of just one year. She, too, had been rescued from a devastating house fire and taken to REACH by the firefighters for initial assessment. The owners were contacted to discuss findings, essential critical care, and given an estimate. They were unable to be contacted again. The Asheville Humane Society took over guardianship of the puppy, now named BB, and transferred her to the Animal Hospital of North Asheville under the dedicated and experienced care of Dr. Earley with Animal Hospital of North Asheville donating the cost of the care to Asheville Humane Society.

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Dental Team Travels to Nashville for Dental Forum 

The Veterinary Dental Forum is an annual continuing education event held in various locations around the country for veterinary professionals. The conference is focused solely on veterinary dentistry, bringing specialists in human, small animal, large animal, and exotic animal dentistry together in one location to spread information and further learning on all types of dentistry and oral surgery.

Fear Free Halloween 
Help take the "Spook" out of Spooktacular!
Help your pet have a fear free Halloween.
The weather is turning crisp, pumpkin spice is everywhere, and the ghoulish decorations are popping up around the neighborhood. That's right... it is Halloween time again.

Who can resist a dachshund in a hot dog costume or a cat showing their inner "lion" by dressing in a mane? We may find it adorable but your furry friend may find it stressful, or even frightening. Costumes are not the only holiday hazards that can cause stress or illness in your pets. Candy, trick-or-treaters and decorations can also cause trouble.

How to help animals affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria 

Millions of people and their animals have been displaced or affected by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey and the winds and flooding from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In the Caribbean, Florida, Texas, and Louisiana, animals need help with food, shelter, medical care, and being reunited with their owners. There are several reputable charities who will use monetary donations to provide supplies and shelter to these animals.

Upcoming Pet Help Sessions
& Classes at AHNA
FREE CLASSES 
Free classes are for people only. Please leave your pet at home.

 
How To Help Your Leash Reactive Dog
  • Tuesday, October 17th, 7:00-8:30PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Tristan Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid
  • People Only
  • No Registration required. No fee to attend. Everyone welcome!
Does your dog growl, bark, lunge, and just get all into a tizzy when he sees other dogs or people? If so this class is for you. Learn body language so that you can better know what to expect, what steps you can take to prevent your dog from going into this state of mind, and lots more.

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TTOUCH: Build confidence and cooperation in your dog
  • Saturday, Oct. 21st, 2:30PM-3:30PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • People Only
  • No Registration required. No fee to attend. Everyone Welcome!
Join Dog-Ed to learn about Tellington TTouch. TTouch is a unique approach to training based on compassion and respect for our animal friends. Using a specific form of bodywork and specialized movement exercises, the TTouch Method promotes cooperation, well-being and improved behavior by reducing stress and physical tension.
 

Reading A Dog's Body Language: Learn a New Language... DOG!
  • Tuesday, October 24th, 7:00 PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • People Only
  • No Registration required. No fee to attend. Everyone welcome!
Come learn how to "read" your dog's posture and signals, so you can better understand your dog's emotions and motivations. Reading a dog's body language is not only helpful in predicting his or her reactions in situations, but also key to modifying their behavior. Becoming fluent in canine body language will allow you to enjoy interactions with dogs and stay safe at the same time.
 

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

TTOUCH: Build confidence and cooperation in your dog
  • Saturdays, Oct. 21st - Dec 16th, 2:30PM-3:30PM (no classes 11/11 and 11/25)
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Cost: $100 for this 7 week class
Join Dog-Ed to learn about Tellington TTouch. TTouch is a unique approach to training based on compassion and respect for our animal friends. Using a specific form of bodywork and specialized movement exercises, the TTouch Method promotes cooperation, well-being and improved behavior by reducing stress and physical tension.

Click Here to read more about this class.  

SIMON SAYS: Sit, stand, and all that jazz!
  • Saturdays, Oct. 21st and Oct. 28th from 4:00-5:00PM
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Cost: $35 for the two week training 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, hand targeting.



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.

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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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