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Video: Dr. Plankenhorn's Cats
Valuable New Service: Oral Maintenance Care
Understanding Food Allergies
Nap Time Photo Album
Pet Spotlight: Addy
Coping With Cancer
A Day in the Life of Surgery Technicians
Testimonial: Life Savers
Employee Pet Spotlight: Insomuch
Seasonal Links

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AHNA September 2011 Newsletter 
Dear AHNA Family,

We have a very important HEALTH ALERT to share with you!                   

 

The only drug approved for treatment of adult heartworm infections, Immiticide, is not presently available nationwide due to technical problems being experienced by the manufacturer, Merial. Until Animal Hospital of North Asheville is able to obtain the drug again, we are unable to treat adult heartworms. The manufacturer is not saying when Immiticide will be available again, so

 

PLEASE DON'T MISS ANY DOSES OF HEARTWORM PREVENTION (Sentinel or Interceptor)!

Heartworm Incidence Map    

Since we cannot treat heartworms at this time, it is now more important than ever to protect your dog from heartworm infection. If your pet is not presently on heartworm preventative every month, please call us at 828-253-3393 or email us at info@ahna.net to determine if your pet needs testing before resuming preventative medication. Please administer the once a month pill every month!

 

Click Here to watch a video and learn more.
Click Here to read more from the American Heartworm Society.
Dr. Plankenhorn's Cats

Long Live the Orange League!

By: Dr. Plankenhorn
Meet the Orange League! While their motto is 'Protecting the Bed, One Nap at a Time', they do so much more.
Orange League
Click Here to watch their video!

Benny is the action hero - he fetches, he leads me to the food dish and makes sure it isn't empty, he rearranges the countertops and pictures on the wall, and he purrs all the while. His brother, Jerry, a fellow adoptee from the Asheville Humane Society, couldn't be more different. Jerry's jobs include staring at people until they're unnerved, waking me up in the morning, and keeping the bed warm by sleeping on it.  Tommy is the newest addition to the League. He came in to the hospital as an injured stray two years ago, but quickly became a brother to Ben and Jerry. Tommy's important roles in the League include keeping an eye on things outside, washing my hands, and keeping my lap warm. He is also a frequent bed-warming companion to Jerry.

 

While all of these jobs are important, what makes Ben, Jerry, and Tommy true superheroes is the love, laughter, and companionship they provide every day. Long live the Orange League!

Valuable New Service: Oral Maintenance Care    

Dental disease is now felt to be the most common disease that our pets in America experience.  By age Dana and Roythree, 80 percent of dogs in America already experience periodontal disease. Early stages of periodontal disease do not hurt, but they are uncomfortable and shed bacteria into the blood stream. Periodontal disease is also considered to shorten the lifespan of our pets.

The current dental care at AHNA is very sophisticated and now we are providing a new service to the community by offering hand scaling/cleaning of teeth provided by a Licensed Dental Hygienist very similar to a cleaning that humans receive at a dental office. To read how this service could help your pet, Click Here.
Understanding Food Allergies
Bert is a really cute, 2 year-year-old Cavalier King CharlesBert Spaniel who began having intermittent diarrhea and problems with itching and recurrent skin infections when he was about 5 months old. Bert's human "mom" was advised that his symptoms could be due to a food allergy, and she embarked on an effort to find a better food for him. Early on it appeared that Bert could be allergic to wheat, and she would purchase foods that were wheat-free. These included diets that were specifically formulated for dogs with "intestinal disease" and others that were "hypoallergenic". Bert's skin condition improved, but the diarrhea would initially improve and then reoccur. During this time, Bert also continued to receive various dog treats and his monthly heartworm and flea prevention. Convinced that Bert's problems might still be associated with a food allergy, his "mom" initiated a true food allergy elimination trial.  Food elimination trials are done because there is no specific symptom or test that can confirm a food allergy. Within weeks, Bert's symptoms resolved and - to read more about Bert and to learn about food allergies, Click Here.
                 Nap Time!

We started a very popular photo album on facebook called Nap Time. Our clients sent in adorable, funny pictures of their pets sleeping. Below are a selection of the pictures, and if you Click Here, or on the photos themselves, you can see the entire album.

Rocky lots of nappers 

Nacho  

Pet Spotlight: Addy's Successful Addy's party Cancer Treatment 

Addy is the third Weimaraner that Laura and Ray Pease have owned - she is also the most affectionate.

   

Addy is 9-years-old and like a lot of dogs her age she has lots of benign fatty bumps on her body. Laura and Ray bathe Addy weekly and check that the bumps haven't drastically changed in size, or that she hasn't developed new ones.

 

"And of course every time we bring her in to the hospital, Dr. Earley checks and measures Addy's lumps and bumps," said Laura.

 

During one routine checkup, Dr. Earley found a different kind of bump - to read more about Addy's diagnosis and treatment, Click Here.   

Coping With Cancer
Cancer is extremely common in pets. While a diagnosis of cancer in a beloved pet can be devastating, it is important for you to realize that many forms of cancer can be successfully treated or managed to provide your pet with an excellent quality of life. It is also important to realize that in pets, just as in people, some types of cancer are now viewed as a chronic, rather than as a terminal, disease. The best way to fight cancer is to detect it early and begin treatment promptly.

To read about the signs of cancer in a pet, and the various treatments that are available, Click Here.
A Day in the Life of Our Surgery Technicians, Sharon & Gretchen

First and foremost, the one universal truth about Sharon surgery everyone at Animal Hospital of North Asheville is that we love animals. Next, you might think that we Surgery Technicians also love blood and the gore, but it isn't like that at all. A surgical suite is one of the most organized, most precise and cleanest environments possible. We thrive on meticulous attention to detail. Everything has a place; everything has a purpose; everything must work perfectly!  

 

Surgery Technicians require advanced skills as well as meticulous attention to detail. We are both NC licensed Registered Veterinary Technicians with degrees and between us, we have over 20 years of experience in surgery and anesthesia at Animal Hospital of North Asheville. When you leave your pet with us for surgery, we know you are entrusting us with a beloved family member. We honor your trust by - Click Here to read about all the steps involved in keeping your pet safe and comfortable during surgery. 

Testimonial: Life Savers!

By: Jake & Leslie Klodt 

My wife and I would like to take a moment to thank the Jake entire staff at Animal Hospital of North Asheville for saving Pac's life MULTIPLE times. Our best friend has had some unfortunate health issues over the years ranging from hip dysplasia to bloat, and the amazing veterinarians at AHNA have always given the best advice and care in order to have a happy healthy puppy. Over the years Pac has seen just about every doctor in the place, and all have fallen in love. Dr. Wootten has caught many issues early during his checkups, and he has had procedures done by Dr. Earley, Dr. Duncan, and Dr. Plankenhorn. Regardless of whether it is a routine visit or a minor emergency, the whole staff seems to drop everything and just focus on you and your pet.  

 

To read the rest of this testimonial and others like it, Click Here.  

Employee Pet Spotlight: Insomuch By: Kelly Brown  

Insomuch(In-so-much) came into my life after many Inso tragic events. Com'ere (short for Come-here), my fourteen and a half year-old Shepherd/Collie mix passed away and my dog Soever (short for Who-so-ever) and I missed her very much. Soever had never been alone before. She and Com'ere had been friends her whole life; they were inseparable.

Baby Inso After some time had passed, I felt we were both ready for someone special to come into our hearts, and I was worried about Soever because she seemed lonely and depressed. She desperately needed a companion. Dorothy (who works with me at AHNA) helped me to search, looking online and printing picture after picture of puppies. It took weeks, but we finally found the perfect - to hear the rest of this touching story, Click Here.  

Seasonal Links
Here are links to articles that may be helpful to you in taking care of your pets during the autumn months.
Jasper
Pet Back-To-School Blues
Hurricane Season Safety Tips
Arthritis Treatment
Nail Trimming
Plants poisonous to your pets

Precautions to take while hiking with your dog

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

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.