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Video of Bella
Wellness Tests
Pet Spotlight: Milo
Ticks: The Basics
Maggie: A Testimonial
Employee Pet Spotlight


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AHNA May 2011 Newsletter 

Greetings and Gratitude from the AHNA Staff!  


We are thrilled to announce that our online pet food driveCat saying hooray was a success! Our goal was to raise 1,000 pounds of pet food for the Asheville Humane Society, Animal Compassion Network, and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. With the help of our Facebook fans and clients, we surpassed our goal and raised 1,032 pounds of food. We will actually donate 1,150 pounds of food, or more. Each shelter will receive at least 350 Van picpounds of donated pet food. Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our goal!

Still not a fan of our Facebook page? You can become a fan by clicking HERE.  

Bella: Pain Free & Running on Three Legs! 

Click the picture below to watch her walk and run!    

Bella closeup  

You may remember Bella from a story we wrote on her back in February (for Bella's full story CLICK HERE). Bella had surgery to remove one of her legs which was causing her excruciating pain. Bella is now pain-free, and running around, as you will see if you CLICK HERE to watch her video. She has also been adopted by her foster family - Congratulations Bella!  

Wellness tests 

By: Dr. Warren Riggle

 Dogs and cats are living longer and healthier lives thanks

Dr. Riggle's beloved Autumn who lived a long life thanks to wellness testing

to regular physical exams and wellness blood tests. Wellness blood and urine tests are a thorough way of assessing your pet's general health. Dogs and cats cannot tell their family or their veterinarian the subtle signs of illness that humans express. When dogs and cats begin to show outward signs of illness, the health concerns are often so advanced that they are no longer treatable. "Survival of the fittest" is Mother Nature's rule. If an animal is out in the wild acting sick, they will not survive for very long because a predator will attack them. For that reason, in most cases your pet will not show any signs of concern until they are very ill and suffering terribly.


To read more about what Dr. Riggle has to say about wellness testing, CLICK HERE.  

Pet Spotlight: Milo  

 By Andrea Wright


My girlfriend, Jillian, adopted Milo and his sister, Milo and familyEloise from Mary Paws in January of 2010. Both Milo and Eloise were born with problems that make them a little wobbly on their feet. We were told that neither of them would be able to climb, run, or get around very well at all.


We took them home and began trying to make our home safe for them. We made a barrier out of boxes to block the stairs - which Milo promptly jumped over. So much for the limited mobility!


Ever since that first day, Milo has been full of surprises. He loves to climb, specifically on boxes, and chase his sister. He is super cuddly and is probably more like a dog than a cat (although my girlfriend, the dog lover, would disagree.) He is always waiting by the door in full purr-mode when I come home from work, waiting for love. In fact when we brought him in for his first vet visit at AHNA, Dr. Wootten had trouble getting X-rayhim to stop purring long enough to listen to his heart and lungs! He is a very sweet boy.


So, you can imagine my concern when I came home - to read what happened to Milo, CLICK HERE.


Ticks 101:

Basic Information on Ticks  

What are ticks?Tick sizes

Ticks are insects related to spiders. They have 8 legs and they feed off of a host animal by sucking blood. They vary in size from a tiny speck to the size of a swollen watermelon seed.


How do ticks differ from fleas?

  • Ticks do not cause itching or hot spots, but they do cause illness. Sometimes the illness can be serious.
  • Ticks crawl. Fleas jump.
  • Ticks remain in place while feeding

How do I remove and kill ticks?

What NOT to do:

To read more about how to remove and properly dispose of ticks, CLICK HERE.  


My 13-year-old Schnauzer, Maggie is now acting like a dog Maggie half her age! She is happy, active, and friendly again thanks to the dental care she received from Dr. Thompson. I didn't realize that Maggie had severe periodontal disease and tooth decay. She was in a lot of pain, but of course had no way of telling me. I am so thankful for the care Dr. Thompson gave her. She had turned into a very grumpy dog, but now that she is pain-free she's happy again! It's so wonderful to see her playing!  ~Deanna Holbert

If you would like to contribute a testimonial to our website, please contact us at ahnainfo@gmail.com

Employee Pet Spotlight - Waylon

By: Jill Merrill, Client Care Team 

The first time I saw Waylon his name was Riley (which is Waylonthe name of our other dog, who is a Westie), and I fell in love with his scruffy face! Even though I hadn't adopted him yet, in my mind I had already named him Waylon. I discovered he was adoptable through Animal Haven of Asheville, and he was one of the dogs involved in the 'A New Leash on Life' program.

'A New Leash on Life' is a program that allows minimum and medium custody state prisons to partner with local animal shelters, animal welfare agencies, and/or private non-profit agencies to train dogs in preparation for their adoption. In turn, the inmates are given a chance to serve the community - to read more about Waylon, 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.