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Awake Dental Cleanings
Halloween Slideshow
AHNA is A 'Top Dog' Sponsor
Pet Spotlight: Bradi
Successful Surgery for Mary Lily
Expansion Update
AHNA Sponsors Litter Program
Lorraine, Our Patient Care Coordinator,
Testimonial: Superb Medical Attention
Employee Pet Spotlight: Elle C
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AHNA October 2011 Newsletter 
Dear AHNA Family - 2011 Best of Logo

Thank you to all of our wonderful clients who voted in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC Poll. Thanks to your generous votes, we have been voted as the #1 Veterinarian in WNC again! You and your pets deserve the finest care there is, and we do our absolute best to provide exceptional care. We are so grateful to you and we are honored to care for your pets.

To read about how we are expanding our hospital to bring even better care to your pet, Click Here.  


Awake Dental Cleanings Dog with Toothbrush
Now Available
We have a wonderful new service available at AHNA: 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 more about this important service, Click Here.
Happy Halloween!

Click on the photos below to enjoy a fun slideshow of pets in costume.

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mardi gras kitty  

AHNA Is A 'Top Dog' Sponsor 

Mark your calendar for the 8th Annual Taste of Compassion!TOC crowd Animal Compassion Network is once again hosting a wine tasting and silent auction that will benefit the homeless pets of WNC, and Animal Hospital of North Asheville is proud to be a 'Top Dog' sponsor. All your friends at AHNA want you to come! It is so much fun! Be sure to stop by our display. Taste of Compassion takes place Thursday, November 10 from 6 PM - 9 PM at The Venue in downtown Asheville.


Guests will enjoy free tastings of over 30 wines from around the world, vegetarian hors d'oeuvres and desserts, live music by One Leg Up, and free parking and trolley service to the event space.


The event will also feature the Taste of Compassion Silent Auction - to read more about this exciting event, Click Here.  

Pet Spotlight: Bradi Bradi
Saying that Sherri and Eric Johnson love Dalmatians is an understatement. They love Dalmatians so much that they have so far rescued 24 of them for their family; with 6 Dalmatians currently living in the household: Bradi, Colbi, Chimi, Maeli, Disco, and Pollo.

 "We rescue the Dalmatians that no one wants - the nippers, biters, behavior problems, and those with medical needs," said Sherri. "We spend a lot of time working with them so that they become a positive addition in their new family. It's truly amazing the change they make when we understand what drives their bad behaviors and then help them transform and relate positively in the pack. Also, many times we have dealt with temporary and life-long medical issueBradi minis and I am truly grateful that Animal Hospital of North Asheville has embraced an 'open door' approach for educating owners.  Even though I have taken pet first aid classes, AHNA always welcomes the chance to teach me important, useful medical information/techniques so that my pets have the best care possible."

To read about Bradi's adventures in pet therapy, and to see her photo slideshow, Click Here.
Congratulations to Our Client! Laura and Addy

Congratulations to our wonderful client, Laura Pease, who was named the Volunteer of the Year for Asheville Humane Society! We are so proud of Laura and we are continually amazed at her dedication to the homeless animals of WNC. Laura's dog, Addy, was featured in our newsletter last month. To read more about Laura and Addy, Click Here.     

Mary Lily is no longer limping! Mary Lily 

By: Dr. Paul Duncan   

On July 29th Mary Lily was brought to Animal Hospital of North Asheville for an examination because she was limping on her right rear leg. Mary Lily had been examined previously in Florida for mild limping, probably a partial tear, but now the limping was more pronounced and did not seem to get better with anti-inflammatories. 

Mary Lily was new to our hospital as her family lives part time in Florida and had not needed veterinary care for her in Asheville. Dr. Duncan diagnosed a tear of her anterior cruciate ligament. After discussing surgery and the typical 12 weeks of therapy and recovery after surgery, Mary Lily's "mom and dad" decided - to read more about Mary Lily's journey to health, and to see video of her after surgery, Click Here

Expansion Update Construction photo
The expansion of the hospital is on schedule. It's a lot of fun to watch the daily progress of the expansion.

"The architectural firm for the addition/renovation is Glazer Architecture. They have been wonderfully easy to work with and have given extreme attention to detail," Dr. Betsy Thompson said. "Due to the problems that we experienced during our last building project, Dave, Warren  and I were really hesitant about embarking on another addition. I can't say enough about how stress-free Chris Rogers and Patti Glazer have made this project. They have such creative ideas and - to read more Click Here.
AHNA Sponsors Litter Program AHS Logo
We are proud to be underwriting the Asheville Humane Society "Litter Lovers" program for the month of October. Ingles allows AHS to buy litter at wholesale prices if they buy it a pallet at a time. Local businesses and donors can be a "Litter Lover" by contributing around $200 to cover AHS's litter expenses for a month. If you are interested in being a "Litter Lover" contact the Asheville Humane Society.
Lorraine: Our Patient Care Coordinator

Lorraine Kendall, our Patient Care Coordinator, has workedLorraine at Animal Hospital of North Asheville for 11 years and she has more than 25 years experience caring for patients in veterinary hospitals.  


The position of Patient Care Coordinator is multifaceted and requires someone who thrives on having many different responsibilities. "I think I have the best job in the whole hospital," said Lorraine. "My job puts me in touch with just about every part of the hospital. I get to work with clients and patients, as well as the doctors and staff. I love that my job is different every day. If I had to pick any job at the hospital, I would pick my own. I'm very lucky." To read more about Lorraine and how she can be of assistance to you and your pet, Click Here.  
Testimonial: Superb Medical Sassy belly Attention
By: Nathan and Sandy Buchanan

Our cat Sassy was desperately sick and in need of immediate care. It was later in the afternoon, with our regular Veterinarian's office soon closing for the day, and it was too late to get her in to see them. Desperately, we searched the internet for an animal hospital in Asheville. We were happy to find that AHNA was open into the evening, and we immediately called.
Sassy profile The staff was eager to help and got Sassy in that evening. Dr. Paul Duncan had the late shift that day. He quickly assessed her condition and prescribed an appropriate plan of treatment.
Sassy had to spend the night, and we brought her home the next day, but over the next few days, following Dr. Duncan'sadvice, Sassy has made a full recovery.  

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

Employee Pet Spotlight: Elle C By: Cindy Radcliffe     

Elle C was a starving, terrified little waif who was rescuedElle C and brought into the hospital last December by one of our incredibly huge-hearted clients. A confirmed dog lover for all of my 48 years on this Earth, I had nevertheless developed a love and appreciation for our feline friends during my 3-year tenure as Dr. Amy Plankenhorn's exam room assistant.
However, I was still totally unprepared for the ruthless way this little calico bundle of nothing stole my heart the second I looked into her beautiful green eyes. I swear I heard angels singing - or maybe they were laughing -somehow that seems more plausible!
Elle C playing We got off to somewhat of a rocky start. Miss Elle had some problems of a rather "personal nature." She has specifically instructed me not to release details, as it was a fairly mortifying experience, which she has worked diligently to forget. After a few days we put all that unpleasantness behind us (sorry Elle - no pun intended) and went on with the business of becoming a family. To read the rest of Elle C's hilarious 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.
Kalvon Halloween  
Halloween Pet Safety
Pet Safety for Cold Weather and the Holidays
Pain and Arthritis Treatment
Nail Trimming
Plants poisonous to your pets
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.