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Video of Sandy
Dr. Plankenhorn Donates Her Time
Valentine's Photos
Employee Pet Spotlight: Possum
Rabies: What you must know
Pet Spotlight: Jessica Grace


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AHNA February
2011 Newsletter 
Happy Valentine's Day -  Dog with heart

Pet Portals are coming!

Good news! We are always looking for ways to keep in touch with you and provide you with information. Within the month we will add another great feature to our website!  Animal Hospital of North Asheville will join with Vetstreet to bring you several new features. You will be able to click on an icon on our homepage and login to Pet Portals.  Once there, you will be able to view your pet's identifying information, annual comprehensive exam dates and vaccination dates, as well as medications and prescription food. Additionally you will have access to easy email communication for appointment scheduling and prescription refills. With the Pet Portal feature, Animal Hospital of North Asheville will also be able to remind you of the services your pet needs by email. While we will continue to send reminder post cards, we anticipate that we will not need to send so many which will save money for everyone. We always work to provide your pet with the best of medical, dental and surgical care at affordable prices. We are also a "green" hospital, and emailing rather than mailing a post card creates less waste. And there is one more benefit! Through Pet Portals you will find many great articles and lots of information on caring for your pet.Portal logo

Look for Pet Portals on our website soon!

Sandy's Tail Wags at Full Speed if You Kiss Her!

Click Here to watch Sandy's little tail go!  

Or click on the picture below to watch the video.    


Pain-Free After Years of Pain  

Bella was a young American Bulldog who had spent the

Bella recovering after surgery

first two years of her life in a puppy mill in Pennsylvania, reproducing for profit with no love or attention for her efforts. One day Bella had a horrible accident that tore the muscle almost completely off of her kneecap. Rather than pay for the expensive surgery to repair her injury, Bella's owners dropped her off at the local shelter in Pennsylvania in excruciating pain - To read about how Dr. Plankenhorn helped Bella, CLICK HERE

We Love Your Pets!  

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Employee Pet Spotlight: Possum  

 By: Karen and Mick Weagle  


Possum was a very young stray kitten when a client Possumbrought her to the Animal Hospital of North Asheville. She was almost dead. When she was brought in to the hospital, she was limp and seemed lifeless, and she appeared to have no eyes. She was probably only 3 or 4 weeks old at most. The kind soul who rescued her found 2 children playing with her lifeless body and brought her to the hospital. Dr. Susan Wootten believed Possum could be saved, and so her treatment began.


It was originally thought that Possum had been born without eyes, but she was actually born with a condition called micro-ophthalmia, which literally means "small eyes." She is completely blind - CLICK HERE to read about Possum's adventures with Mick, Karen, and Peanut.  

Rabid Cat in North Asheville

Rabies: What you must know!

Everyone at Animal Hospital of North Asheville wants you Dr. Earley and dogto understand the extreme importance of always being certain that your pet has a vaccination against rabies that is current. Rabies is a fatal disease for pets and people, and your pet can be exposed at any time by coming in contact with wildlife. We have had patients that were kept strictly indoors at their homes but were exposed by a bat coming into the house. One of our patients, a tiny Yorkie, was exposed when her mom opened the door for her to go out into their fenced yard and  a raccoon was right there, just outside the door. You may think it won't happen to your pet, but it can! If your pet is exposed and does not have a current rabies vaccination, the law states that you must quarantine your pet at an approved facility for six months at your expense or euthanize your pet - Click Here for more vital information on rabies.  

Pet Spotlight: Jessica Grace

Debbie and Hal McDowell lost their dog, Mac, in August ofJessica Grace 2010.  (See Mac's story here) Mac was the last of the McDowell's four male dogs to pass away.

"We were devastated when Mac died," said Debbie. "The house seemed so empty and big without a dog."

Debbie and Hal remained without a dog for 6 months. "I know that a lot of people will think this is strange, but we were waiting for our next dog to find us. For years I've said that the next dog we got would be a female. I even had her name picked out - Jessica Grace. We wanted a smaller dog, but not teeny and we also knew that we wanted to adopt an older dog, not a puppy."


To read about how Jessica Grace found Debbie and Hal, CLICK HERE.  

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.