A Life Threatening
Blood Clot in Cats 
It seems at times that cats can relish in being obvious: it's hard to miss a cat lying on your keyboard while you're trying to work, or informing you of his desire to eat breakfast while you're trying to catch a few more winks. Sometimes our feline friends just refuse to be ignored! Even so, we can't deny the other more mysterious side to cat behavior. Why does my cat so often prefer a discarded cardboard box to the expensive bed I picked out especially for her? Or decide that 2 o'clock in the morning is the perfect time to play?
 
Aside from these lighthearted examples, there's also a more serious side to your cat's ability to hold his cards close to his chest: cats are known for hiding signs of pain or illness, even when the illness is serious (this is one reason why your cat's annual wellness examination is so important).

"Lessons" A Tribute to a Special Dog Named Bartlet    

"More than anything else, for the rest of my life I will miss his daily reminder that it is possible to live this way all day, every day, under every circumstance life can throw at anyone privileged enough to have a beating heart." ~ Chris Derienzo, MD

We at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville are blessed with getting to know so many wonderful families. Our staff treasures the chance to care for and share the lives of our furry patients.  Throughout our patients' lives we get to learn about what makes them special. We cherish this relationship.  One of the hardest events on a family is when they have to say goodbye to a beloved friend.

Click Here to read this beautiful tribute about a very special canine friend, Bartlet. 
Are You Prepared To Evacuate With Your Pet? 

In the past several years there has been an increase in severe weather. Recently hurricanes like Irma, Ivan, Harvey and Katrina have devastated areas. Wildfires like the Party Rock wildfire and the Gatlinburg wildfires forced families to leave their homes. Severe weather is not limited to wildfires and hurricanes; tornadoes, earthquakes, house fires, flooding and severe winter weather can force families to flee for safety. Many times families may not have a chance to prepare. They just need to grab and go. That is why it is important to have an escape plan for people and pets.
 
Often reported in the news are pets that have been left behind, turned away from shelters and hotels, or families refusing to leave their pets, causing them to face often life-threatening severe weather. Having an evacuation plan for not only family members but also pets and livestock can save time and lives.

Click Here to learn more.
Don't Feed the Bears 

By: Dr. Kasandra Garner
 
When my husband and I moved back to Asheville almost two years ago, we were excited to see so many black bears in our neighborhood. I would run outside with my phone and snap pictures and video to post on social media whenever one ambled through the yard or down the road. It felt like nature was adapting to the increasing presence of people in the western North Carolina mountains. The bears were learning to coexist peaceably with the suburbs.  
 
Fast forward to this past summer, and the bears no longer seem to be coexisting quite so peacefully. I have tried several methods of "bear proofing" my trash can, none of which has worked. I am tired of having to pick up trash strewn across my (and my neighbor's) yard by a certain momma bear and her cubs.

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

Unleash the Possibilities: Discover the Keys to a Wonderful Canine Companion  
  • Thursday, October 5th from 6:00-8:00pm
  • Location: Asheville Humane Society
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • People Only
  • No Registration required. No fee to attend. Everyone welcome!
  • Important Note: This class is the first requirement to take any of the Saturday Training Classes at AHNA.




In this free Behavior Help session, 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. It is a must for family members or anyone thinking about sharing their life with a dog.

Click Here to read more about this class.
 
How and Why to Look After Your Pet's Teeth

  • Tuesday, October 10th, 7:00 PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Dr. Dave Thompson
  • People Only
  • No Registration required. No fee to attend. Everyone welcome!

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!  
 
Click Here to read more about this class. 

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.


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

Concentration: Learn How to Achieve Focus by Your Dog, Despite Distractions.
  • Saturdays, October 7th and 14th from 4:00PM-5:00PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Cost: $100 for 6 weeks of training

New environments, people, and other dogs can be challenging and stimulating for your dog. The first two Saturdays of this 6-week class, you will learn how to build focus and shift your dog's attention from distractions back to you. You will pick your class for the last four Saturdays. You can choose one of the following four week classes: 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! You will have a total of 6-weeks of fun and skill building! This "Concentration" class is a prerequisite for the other classes in the Training Games Series.

 
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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