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Health Alert: Deer Ticks
Grove "Bark" Inn
Stinking Outside the Box
Pet Spotlight: Rosie
Building Expansion Update
10 Benefits of K-Laser
We're Always Learning
National Senior Pets Month
Taste of Compassion
Testimonial: Wound Healed by K-Laser
Employee Pet Spotlight: Peyton
Seasonal Links


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AHNA November 2011 Newsletter 
Happy Thanksgiving!

In the spirit of thankfulness and gratitude, AHNA is holding a Holiday Pet Food DriveWe will match, up to 1,000 pounds, any pet food donated to our Holiday Pet Food Drive to benefit three wonderful local animal welfare organizations: Asheville Humane Society, Animal Compassion Network, and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.  


Please help make the holidays brighter for needy dogs and cats by dropping canned or dry food, blankets, pet toys and/or monetary donations off at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, and we will distribute the donations among the three organizations. Animal Hospital of North Asheville is very grateful to have these wonderful organizations working so hard day in and day out to help needy dogs and cats, so we will buy and donate a pound of food for every pound donated before - to read more Click Here. 

Health Alert! Deer Ticks
Deer ticks are very small & difficult to detect. 

Health Alert: We are recently seeing deer ticks on pets at a much greater frequency than we have in past years. These ticks are much, much smaller than the ticks that most people are familiar with, so please click on the accompanying links and learn how to recognize them on your pets and human family members. We also felt it important to alert you because these ticks appear in late fall after the larger types of ticks have already subsided and many people have stopped using a tick preventative. Deer ticks can carry Lyme disease which infects pets and people, so please use a tick preventative such as Frontline on your pets to keep them healthy.


For helpful links to deer tick photos as well more information on deer ticks, Click Here.

Grove "Bark" Inn Gingerbread Doghouse Competition

Celebrate the holiday season with a fun event that will give you something to "bark" about!

We are a proud presenting sponsor of the Grove "Bark" Inn Gingerbread Doghouse Competition and Display taking place December 4th - 7th! This fundraising event, to be held at the Grove Park Inn Historic Country Club, will benefit local pet charities Animal Compassion Network, Asheville Humane Society, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Humane Alliance, and Paws on a Mission.

Similar to The National Gingerbread House Competition™ at the Grove Park Inn, contestants are invited to build a doghouse made entirely of edible materials - with a twist - entries must be constructed and composed completely of dog-edible ingredients! To read more, Click Here.

Stinking Outside the Box 

Some ways to keep your cat happy using the litter box

By Amy Plankenhorn, DVM

Cats are wonderful to share our homes with, unless they start treating our homes as their bathroom. While most cats are very content to use the litter box for their eliminations, there are a variety of reasons why a cat may stop using the litter pan.

The first and most important question is whether the cat is eliminating outside the box because of a medical problem or because of a behavioral problem. A complete physical examination is the first place to begin. When we see patients with urinary problems at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville, we ultrasound the bladder to check for bladder stones or abnormalities of the bladder wall, and we collect a urine sample - to read more and to get tips on keeping your pet happy using the litter box, Click Here.
Pet Spotlight: Rosie
Toothpaste, Toothbrush, and a Little Time 
By: Mary Rita Sandoval

Our family has been blessed with the presence of our dear Rosie, a beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, for almost 16 years. In those years I've become a true believer that by brushing her teeth every evening I have lengthened her life by almost a decade!

Rosie is a sweet, friendly dog who hardly ever barks. My husband, Richard, and I got Rosie for our daughter, Katie, who was 13 at the time. Katie is now 29 and Rosie will be 16 in February!

Rosie has slowed down a little over the years, and she no longer jumps up onto chairs, but other than these minor changes, she is remarkably youthful. She still -- to read more about Rosie, Click Here

Building Expansion Update

Our building addition is really beginning to take shape and our excitement is growing every day! If you have driven by recently, you have seen that the outside walls and roof are up. The interior walls are now framed, so we have all gone out to see where the rooms will be in the addition, but please realize that this is just Phase 1 of two phases. Phase 1 will end about mid-January with the completion of the new square footage that we are adding. We will then move our in-hospital functions (treatment, wards, surgery and dental) into the new space while what is now the "back half" of our existing building is totally renovated during Phase 2. Phase 2 completion is estimated to occur in late April after which we will be able to utilize the entire hospital as it is truly designed. It will be wonderful to have totally separate quiet and calm treatment rooms and ICU rooms for cats, to have state-of-the-art surgery and dental suites, and to have a special procedures room.

To read more about the expansion, and to see photos, Click Here.
        10 Benefits of K-Laser
"Our dog, Bella, has always been very athletic. By just about anyone's standards, she is in phenomenal shape for an 11-year-old dog," said Brandi Hand. "People are always marveling at her speed and the lengths she will go to in order to fetch a ball. Even so, my husband, Tom, and I began to notice changes in her. Years of diving off of rocks into water and then having to pull herself up steep riverbanks had finally taken its toll on her. She still enjoyed our daily walks, but we noticed she was limping, and instead of being out in front of us leading the way, she was a few steps behind us. She jumped up onto our bed with ease, but she hesitated and took a very long time to jump down again. We also noticed that going up stairs was no problem, but she was having a hard time walking down the stairs."

"We took her in to see Dr. Earley. He did a thorough physical exam and took some x-rays as well. Bella showed signs of early arthritis. Her symptoms were so mild that Dr. Earley was hesitant to put her on medication, and instead he talked to us about the K-Laser. He explained that Bella was the perfect candidate for the laser treatment --- to read more Click Here.  
We're Always Learning
Dr. Dave Thompson and our Dental Hygienist, Dana Raphaelle, have just returned from learning even more about the best of dental care for your pet. Dr. Dave spends every day performing dental exams and dental surgery at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, so he frequently attends special dental classes to be sure he is always staying current in the latest information and surgical techniques. This three day program of classes and hands-on labs was the Veterinary Dental Forum that approximately 1000 veterinarians and technical staff attended in Boston. A couple of Dr. Dave's favorite classes were - to read more Click Here.

National Senior Pets Month  

November is National Senior Pets Month! We're celebrating with a slideshow of older pets. Enjoy!

Click on the photos below to see the slideshow.



Taste of Compassion A Success!
Animal Hospital of North Asheville was proud to be a 'Top Dog' sponsor of Animal Compassion Network's Taste of Compassion. We had a wonderful time - as you can see from our photographs!
Testimonial: Wound Healed
By K-Laser
By: Hailey Hirsch
My cat, Tiger-Mugsy, was attacked by dogs, which resulted in a huge wound that wouldn't heal. Every time the wound would begin to heal, Tiger-Mugsy would scratch the scab off. After 3 months of the wound not healing I started to feel desperate and began looking for a solution - that's when I heard about the K-Laser at Animal Hospital of North Asheville.
I'm happy to say that after 9 K-Laser treatments over 3 weeks time the wound was gone. His fur grew back completely normally and you would never know that he once had a terrible wound. A bonus is that Tiger-Mugsy actually enjoyed the treatment! It completely relaxed him. Thank you AHNA!

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

Employee Pet Spotlight: Peyton, Gentle Giant 


Nan Ruby, who works here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville as a Registered Veterinary Technician, has 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 chickens. They all take up the same amount of space in her heart, but Peyton, her 170-pound St. Bernard, definitely takes up the most space in her house!


Nan adopted Peyton from a St. Bernard rescue when he was 9-months-old and weighed in at only (!!!) 130 pounds.


"I really like big dogs, so I told them I wanted the biggest St. Bernard they had," said Nan. "They were thrilled. Peyton was up for adoption along with his brother. I needed a submissive St. Bernard since my dog Lyden, who has since passed away, was a real alpha dog. Peyton was perfect. He's very passive and sweet - just a big baby. I do a lot of foster work for the Asheville Humane Society and I've never once had a problem with Peyton. He gets along with everyone." To read more about Peyton, Click Here

Seasonal Links
Here are links to articles that may be helpful to you in taking care of your pets during the colder months.
Treating Fleas in the Winter
Tick Information
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.