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Video of Frances
Our New Memorial Page
New AHNA Staff Member
Employee Pet Spotlight: Leery
Flip the Lip!
Twitter & Pet Portals
Pet Spotlight: Walden

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AHNA March 2011 Newsletter 
Greetings from everyone at AHNA!

We are currently looking for additional blood donors. Dog looking over counter

Many people don't realize it, but just like people, dogs have specific blood types. There are dogs that have a universal blood type and in certain circumstances it is necessary to have these dogs donate fresh, whole blood. Donors are used on an as-needed basis and would only donate approximately one time per year. There will be a selection process starting with the qualifications listed below.
        Must be between the ages of 2 and 8.
        Must be current on vaccines and annual exams.
        Must be on Heartworm preventative all year.
        Must have a calm, non-fearful personality.
        Must be at LEAST 60lbs.

Please CLICK HERE if you are interested in having your dog donate blood.

Frances & Kelly: Dynamic Duo!

Click the picture of Frances and Kelly below to see the trick Kelly taught Frances. Smart kitty!

Frances 

Memorial Page
We've recently launched a Pet Memorial page on our Cuddlewebsite. This is a place to memorialize and honor pets who have passed away. We understand how difficult it is to lose a beloved pet and it is our hope that the Pet Memorial page will help in the grieving process.

If you would like to memorialize your pet, then please send us a picture, your fondest memories, and stories of your pet. Send photos and comments to: ahnainfo@gmail.com and we will post your pet's story and photo. There is also the option of using your pet's photo that is in our medical records. If you would like to use that photo then just let us know. We will be happy to post it along with your comments.

 

CLICK HERE to view the AHNA Pet Memorial page. 

AHNA Welcomes Beth Siegel
Please join us in welcoming Beth, a new addition to our BethClient Care Team. Beth has spent most of her career in corporate sales. She is thrilled to be finally doing what she has always wanted - working with animals. She says that our patients and clients are second to none and her coworkers make it a pleasure to come to work each day.

Beth has a Bachelor of Science Management and Economics. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horse, Leo, hiking with her husband, Ron, and their two rescue dogs, Mya and Wylie. She also enjoys yoga, gardening, and entertaining family and friends.

Employee Pet Spotlight: Leery    Patience and Love Transform a Feral Cat into a Wonderful Pet

By Sheri Parks, member of our Client Care Team 


I discovered Leery, along with her mother, brothers, and a Leerysister, living behind my home when we moved in 7 years ago. I was sitting on my deck one night when I noticed several pairs of glowing eyes all huddled together under a group of pine trees - such precious babies!

I began setting out food and tying to catch them, which was difficult because it quickly became obvious that they had had no contact with humans. Every evening I sat near them while they ate and I would also try to pet them. One kitten was more curious and less afraid than the others. I named her Leery because she was still "leery" of me, never guessing that - to read more about Leery's adventures with Sheri, CLICK HERE

Flip the Lip!  

Why Good Oral Health Care Can Save Your Pet's Life 

 

Seamus is 6 years, 9-months-old and about as cute as a Seamusdog can be. He weighs 24 lbs and all 24 lbs is personality! Not wild, uncontrolled, exuberant energy; but a wiggle and a crouch and a sideways look that just melts your heart. He is friendly, happy and loving to the point that you can't resist him. His dad, Bobby is, of course, absolutely in love with Seamus.

yellow arrowBobby brought Seamus in for a COHAT because he wants to keep Seamus healthy and comfortable, and he knows it is important to prevent dental problems. During the extensive oral examination that is possible while Seamus was under anesthesia for the procedure, Dr. Thompson saw a little "bump" on the gum tissue under the upper lip. It certainly did not look serious or worrisome. It wasn't large, or red or inflamed or irregular in shape or ulcerated, in fact it just looked like a little blister or cyst. Dr. Thompson gently tried to - CLICK HERE to read more about Seamus, his diagnosis, and prognosis.  

More Ways to Communicate: Twitter and Pet Portals 
Molly and McGee We are always striving to find new ways to communicate important information to our clients. We've recently created a Twitter account and we've also launched Pet Portals on our website. Follow us on Twitter for useful information as well as fun videos and photos. To access Pet Portals, login on our homepage to view your pet's identifying information, annual comprehensive exam dates and vaccination dates, as well as medications and prescription food. You can also schedule appointments and refill prescriptions. 

Pet Spotlight and Memorial: Walden   

 Walden and family 

The Meaning of Loving-Kindness

by: Melissa and Peter Stanz

 

Our beloved Walden died on February 10, 2011. He was a 14 year old Chocolate Lab, our constant companion, the child we loved and spoiled in lieu of human kids. Walden started his long life with a trip to Animal Hospital of North Asheville for a clean bill of health - for 14+ years he loved his trips to the vet, especially those cookies and all the attention.

 

Through the years Walden received annual checkups and treatments for minor ailments-then when he was 6 he blew out his first ACL. Referred to the wonderful orthopedic vetWalden in town, he ended up with plates and screws in his right hind. Two years later, the left hind ACL blew, more plates and screws. And, inevitably, the beginning of arthritis. Dr. Amy Plankenhorn and Dr. Susan Wootten helped him all the way-even after these experiences, he loved going to see the vets at Animal Hospital of North Asheville.

 

Three years ago during a routine teeth cleaning, Dr. Thompson found a spot on his tongue, nothing big, but he called us while Walden was still under anesthesia, suggesting a biopsy. It was melanoma, cancer on the tongue. With the diagnosis we began a long, strange journey - CLICK HERE to read the rest of Walden's story.

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.