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Video: Liam is an Honorary ERT
Overnight Nursing Care
Pet First Aid and CPR
Pet Spotlight: Marcel
Seasonal Links
Testimonial: Through the Eyes of a Dog
Employee Pet Spotlight: Freeway

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AHNA July 2011 Newsletter 
Hello,

We have some very exciting news and we wanted you,
Drawing of new building
The new hospital, in our current location, coming in the Spring of 2012
our wonderful clients, to be the first to know!

Animal Hospital of North Asheville is adding new facilities in the same location to allow even better care for your pets! Construction is starting this week, and the end result will include new capabilities, less invasive diagnostics and treatments, reduced patient hospitalization time, enhanced patient comfort and so much more. This continues our lifelong goal of offering the latest affordable technologies - many not available in this region.

Dr B and Dr. D in 1981
Dr. Betsy and Dr. Dave in 1981
In keeping with what we have always done, we are continuing to bring the community state-of-the-art veterinary care. Drs. Dave and Betsy Thompson built our original hospital building in 1977 (see photo, below right). The building was small (1500 square feet), but for a 1977 animal hospital, it was spacious, and it was much nicer than average. Unlike other veterinary hospitals of that time, we made our wards as nice as our waiting room. We want the best for our patients, and our goal has always been to create a hospital that welcomed owners to be with their pets throughout the building, not just in the
Old AHNA hospital
1977 Building
waiting and exam rooms as was the custom in 1977. From the beginning, it was obvious that our patients were happiest when someone from their family was with them and that the patient benefited if we worked in partnership with the family. 

To read more about our expansion, and to see more great photos from our past, CLICK HERE
Little Liam Helps Out at AHNA!

We had fun with this one! Meet Liam Gabriel! Liam's mom, Allison, works at AHNA as an exam room team member. Liam was in the exam room gaining experience for 9 months before he was born, which makes him qualified to examine Clyde! (Clyde is Liam's dog.) The scrubs Liam is wearing in the video were made for him by another exam room team member, Dot.   

 

Click on the photo below to watch Liam's video!  

Liam

So many of you have expressed that you want to see pictures of little Liam, so we made this video. Who knows, it may even help him win a college scholarship!
Overnight Nursing Care Robin with two dogs

 

When the rest of Asheville is asleep, there is a team of dedicated Overnight Care Technicians/Assistants at Animal Hospital of North Asheville awake and attending to patient needs so that a patient is never alone or in need of care. Veterinary technicians or veterinary assistants work set shifts so that someone is always awake and gently caring for any pet hospitalized at Animal Hospital of North Asheville.  

Elena and pup It is extremely rare to have staff paid for night shifts to be awake and attentive to patients all night long in a veterinary hospital. If your pet ever needs to stay overnight at our hospital, you can rest easier knowing that Elena, Crystal, Karlyn and/or Robin are constantly monitoring your pet's status and providing lots of tender loving care.

 

 

To learn more about how your pet is cared for during the night, CLICK HERE.  

First Aid and CPR for Your Pet first aid logo
By: Dr. Jim Earley

 

A First Aid Kit, one especially for pets, is something every pet owner should have available at home and when traveling. First Aid should never be a substitute for veterinary care, but is meant to be a means to treat your furry family member until veterinary care can be obtained. First aid kits for pets can be homemade or purchased. In this article, I will provide a list of some basic first aid kit supplies. In writing this article I found several good references on the web for basic emergencies and poisonings as well as resources to help until you can get your pet to a veterinarian. They are listed at the end of this article.

CPR  

For basic information that may help you in an emergency, CLICK HERE

Pet Spotlight: Marcel is Reunited with his Owner in South Dakota

  

Susan Gilison was in her backyard playing with her dog, Marcel Group Picture Patches, when she began barking and jumping up to put her paws on the fence. Susan tried to calm Patches, but she was too excited.

Sheila, Susan's sister, was in the front yard at the time and began looking around for the cause of Patches' excitement. She saw what she thought was a cat curled up on the front porch, but the cat but turned out to be a tiny Chihuahua. Sheila sat down with the dog and a few moments later Susan found them there; Sheila had Marcel and Susan the Chihuahua on her lap.

The little dog didn't have identification tags, but it did have a collar. Susan and Sheila asked around their neighborhood and no one knew anything about the lost Chihuahua. Then Susan had a bright idea; the dog needed to be checked for a microchip. CLICK HERE to hear how Susan and AHNA helped to reunite Marcel with his owners.  

Seasonal Links
Here are links to past articles we have written that may be helpful to you in taking care of your pets during the
summer months.

Sugar
Plants poisonous to your pets

Precautions to take while hiking with your dog
Heatstroke in Dogs and Cats

Thunderstorm Phobias and How to Help Your Pet
Pet Allergy Primer
Hiking Tips

Dog and Owner Trail Etiquette
Ticks - Basic Information

Testimonial: Thanks for Getting Rid of My Hurting Tooth 

 

Thank You For Helping Me Get My Pearly Zak and StoliWhites Back!

(this note was sent to us by Zak and his owner, Bill Becker)

 

Oh my tooth was hurting but you know, I couldn't let on because, well, I was afraid I'd lose my position in the pack! Not to mention my breath! Gads, it even kept ME awake at nights! My parents realized there was a problem and I'm so glad they brought me to ya'll. I was so well taken care of, and Doctor Dave, I LOVED the happy shot you gave me before my anesthesia and surgery. All those sounds and smells were driving me over the edge. Wowza!

 

Hey, I have lots of room out here in the woods to romp and run and you're welcome to come play with me whenever you want (don't forget the liver treats, I can chew them now :)

 Testimonial

Again, to everyone who cared for me when I had my dental surgery, thank you very much!

 

Sincerely,

Zak Becker

 

 

 

 

 

 

***A note from Zak's owner, Bill: Stoli also had her teeth worked on, but her spelling is terrible so Zak wrote the letter.

Employee Pet Spotlight:Freeway

 

Eleven years ago, Eileen Bouressa of Animal Compassion Freeway Network found a 6-month-old Jack Russell Terrier mix on the interstate. He was a little guy with a broken leg. Eileen brought him to the Animal Hospital of North Asheville and named him Freeway.

"He looked at me and I knew I was going to bring him home," said Dr. Earley. "I couldn't say no." Dr. Earley fixed Freeway's leg and adopted him. "Although I'm the one who took him home, he really is my wife Georgia's baby. We call him the little white shadow of the house because he follows her everywhere. He is always demanding what we call 'hippy rubs' from her. That's basically just a good butt scratch."

Freeway 2 Freeway may be a small dog, weighing in at only 37 pounds, but he is BIG in personality.

"He thinks he is the boss of all of our pets, but he isn't - CLICK HERE to read more about Dr. Earley's dog, Freeway. 
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.