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Share the Care: The Veterinarians
Huggable & Kissable Photo Album
Dr. Duncan Helps AHS
Animal Welfare Community Calendar
Lengthen Your Pet's Life
S.T.E.P.S. Update
Seasonal Links
New Uniforms
Canine Body Language


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AHNA February 2012 Newsletter 
Wow! A lot has happened in a month!

Update on our construction project: We will be occupying some of our new space very soon. Once we move in, our wonderful contractor and the fabulous subs will begin remodeling the space that was our treatment room, surgery, dental area, wards, and runs. They are even taking the roof off to make the ceiling higher! Right now they are finishing up Phase I spaces, and then we will move in!
  • Interior and exterior painting is being completed
  • Cabinets are in
  • Flooring is being installed
  • Lighting is almost complete
  • The HVAC system is almost ready to go
  • The old exterior is being updated to go with the new
  • Interior renovations will be state-of-the-art for patient comfort and technology
  • There are many "green technologies" incorporated into this construction in keeping with the energy conservation that we have incorporated since 1977. (Our first building won an energy conservation award in the 70's before going green was even 'in'!) 
Thank you everyone for your patience with the construction. It will be worth it in the end. We can't wait to move into the Phase I space. We anticipate that we will be in by February 27th.  Phase II is projected to be complete by the beginning of May, so mark your calendars for an OPEN HOUSE at Animal Hospital of North Asheville on June 2nd!

To view more photos of the building, Click Here
Share the Care: The Veterinarians
Of all the people you encounter at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville in the course of your visit, the veterinarian is the person whose job seems to need no explanation. But there are a lot of things that we do behind the scenes to help us provide the best care possible to you and your pet. There are several types of patients. We work with outpatients (the ones we see in the exam rooms), inpatients (the patients in the hospital), emergency patients, dental patients, and surgery patients.

Outpatient Care: We start the day by checking our schedule and going over our recommendations for each patient with our exam room assistants. Each care plan for an annual comprehensive physical examination is individualized to the patient. We review vaccine and testing needs, previous illnesses and current medications as a part of creating each pet's care plan. Not many clients realize that the annual visit is one of the primary reasons that pets are now living so much longer. If you tagged along with a doctor for a while, you would be surprised at how often we discover a problem in a seemingly healthy pet early enough to correct it. We also - to read more about the veterinarians, Click Here.

Huggable & Kissable!
Click on the pictures below to see our photo album in honor of Valentine's Day!

Dr. Duncan Helps Out Asheville Humane Society
Asheville Humane Society very often transfers pets to other parts of the country where adoptable pets are in higher demand. These pets are guaranteed to be placed in homes. Recently, Asheville Humane Society transported dogs to a shelter in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Duncan took time on his day off to examine each dog and gave them all a clean bill of health before they went on their long journey to find their forever homes. Thank you, Dr. Duncan!   
Animal Welfare Community Calendar
In this issue of our newsletter, we are adding an ongoing feature - the Local Animal Welfare Community Calendar. In this section, we will feature all the upcoming shelter / rescue events that we are aware of as well as donation and volunteer needs.  For more information about the following events, contact the Animal Compassion Network, Asheville Humane Society, or Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. (Dates and times can change, so please be sure to check with the organization before arriving for an event.)

If you would like to submit an animal welfare event or donation needs, please e-mail us at: info@ahna.net

All photos in the calendar are of adoptable pets in our community!
February 28 - Animal Compassion Network - Dine to be Kind

Dozens of area restaurants will be contributing a portion of their day's proceeds to benefit Animal Compassion Network's low-income spay/neuter program and its other lifesaving programs. For a list of participating restaurants, visit animalcompassionnetwork.org

To view the entire calendar, Click Here.
20 Seconds A Day to Lengthen  Your Pet's Life
If you could only prevent one disease in your pet, how would you choose which one?

You might choose the disease that is:
  1. most common (more common than fleas), and one than affects 75% of dogs and cats by 3 years of age 
  2. most likely to cause chronic discomfort 
  3. most likely to shorten your pet's life   
This really sounds like a tough disease, and it is!  We see this disease all the time at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, and it is sneaky because it affects young and old and every breed and every sex. It is especially crafty because it progresses so slowly that it is very difficult for you to realize that it is happening.

To find out what you can do to help prevent this disease in only 20 seconds a day, Click Here
S.T.E.P.S. Update & Tip of the Month
Total enrolled in S.T.E.P.S: 6

S.T.E.P.S. is a new healthy living initiative for pets which is designed to help with weight management by incorporating families working with an Animal Hospital of North Asheville veterinarian, online support, and an informational Facebook page with community activities. The S.T.E.P.S. program is open to dogs and cats to join at any time, and there is no registration fee. To read more about S.T.E.P.S., Click Here.

**AHNA is the PROUD SPONSOR OF Brother Wolf's Run for the Paws 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk on April 22nd! Please join members of the AHNA staff WALKING or RUNNING at the event. Check out the S.T.E.P.S. Facebook page for weekly hikes (either Sat or Sun - times and dates TBA) to get ready for the walk!
Testimonial: A Phenomenal Team of People 

I wanted to let you know once again how grateful I am to have found such a phenomenal team of people to care for my pets.


I have lived in many places from Los Angles, California to Cape Town, South Africa and can say with the utmost certainty that I have never had more faith in a veterinarian (that would be you!) or in a veterinary hospital as a whole.  From the day I first visited the AHNA, I was incredibly impressed with the warmth and efficiency of the staff, but infinitely more important, my pets were treated with the utmost kindness and love, not to mention the highest level of care.  I have absolutely no doubt that with Dr. Earley, Dr. Thompson and your incredible team, my pets are in the best of hands... I could ask for nothing more. God bless you all!


It is my hope that you will share my thoughts with everyone and please express my sincere appreciation to all!


Best wishes,

Susan Ann Kehler

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
Pet Allergy Primer
Hiking Tips

New Uniforms! 
Please tell your pets:  Many of their old friends at AHNA have changed colors! After 13 years, no drab tan anymore. Our Client Care Team and our Patient Care Team wear blue now. We like the change and hope you and your pet will too!


Canine Body Language

Dogs are very expressive animals. They communicate when they're feeling happy, sad, nervous, fearful and angry, and they use their faces and bodies to convey much of this information. Dog body language is an elaborate and sophisticated system of nonverbal communication that, fortunately, we can learn to recognize and interpret. Once you learn how to "read" a dog's postures and signals, you'll better understand his feelings and motivations and be better able to predict what he's likely to do. These skills will enable you to interact with dogs with greater enjoyment and safety.

A fearful dog:

It helps to first learn about the various components that make up dog body language. Dogs use facial expressions, ear set, tail carriage and overall demeanor to signal their intentions and feelings to others. Breaking their body language down into components is helpful at first for building your observation and interpretation skills. Your goal, however, is to be able to observe the entire dog and the situation or context he's in, in order to accurately determine - to read more 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.