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Spoof Movie Posters
Xylitol: A Hidden Danger
Animal Welfare Community Calendar
Employee Pet Spotlight: Meesha
S.T.E.P.S. Update
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Asheville Humane Trivia Night


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AHNA March 2012 Newsletter 
We are in Phase Three of our expansion! This is the last phase, which means we only have 6 weeks to go. We have vacated the old treatment/ICU area, and you might have noticed that for 12 hours the entire roof was removed (thank goodness it did not rain!). Don't worry, our patients and the building were very well secured all night, and our overnight nurse was here caring for our patients.

We are now occupying our new surgery and dental suites, and they are fantastic! We are so pleased with the vision that Glazer Architecture had for our working space. Finally, there is room for all our equipment and there is even some new equipment. We are also using our new sunny dog ward and the patients love it! We have noticed that the patients seem so relaxed in the natural light and like the glass doors on the runs. Just as our patients love the natural light, we love working in it. Very soon we will have our TVs installed for the patients to watch special calming dog DVDs on as they await or recover from surgery or dental care.

To read more about the expansion and our Open House, Click Here.
Spoof Movie Posters
Click on the pictures below to see all of our spoof movie posters!
Xylitol: A Hidden Danger
Protect your pets! In the past 5 years, Pet Poison Helpline, an animal poison control based out of Minneapolis, MN, has had over 1500 calls for xylitol poisoning, due to the growing awareness of this common kitchen toxin. Products that may contain xylitol include sugar-free gum, candies, breath mints, baked goods, cough syrup, children's chewable vitamins, mouthwash, and toothpaste, to list a few. In both humans and dogs, the level of blood sugar is controlled by the release of insulin from the pancreas. Xylitol does not stimulate the release of insulin from the pancreas in humans. However, when non-primate species (e.g., a dog) eat something containing xylitol, the xylitol is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, resulting in a potent release of insulin from the pancreas. This rapid release of insulin results in a rapid and profound decrease in the level of blood sugar (hypoglycemia), an effect that occurs within 10-60 minutes of eating the xylitol. Untreated, this hypoglycemia can be life-threatening.

To read more about the dangers of xylitol to your pets, Click Here.  
Animal Welfare Community Calendar
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!


March 16th, Brother Wolf: Pin-up for Pitbulls Contest
March 16 - March 18, 2012 at 6:30pm, held at the Renaissance Hotel - $5.00 per entry

March 17th: Animal Compassion Network / Pet Harmony - Adoption Day and Anniversary Party
Adoption day and 4th Anniversary Party from 11:00 - 3:00

To see all events, Click Here.
Employee Pet Spotlight: Meesha

Meesha, a little Beagle with big soulful eyes, had a long difficult journey before she finally found her new home with Amber, a member of Animal Hospital of North Asheville's Client Care Team, and her partner, Vicki.

Meesha was being cared for at Animal Compassion Network (ACN) when an unfortunate accident occurred; she became spooked while out on a walk, slipped her collar, and ran away. Within minutes of Meesha's escape, ACN employees and volunteers began the search for her - spreading out to search - to read more Click Here
S.T.E.P.S. Update & Tip of the Month
Total enrolled in S.T.E.P.S: 19

TIP OF THE MONTH: Record your pet's weight
Regularly weighing your cat or dog and recording their weight is a helpful way to keep you on track while you help them reach their healthy weight. Regular weigh-ins not only help you follow a pet's weight during a diet, but also can alert a family to other medical issues if the cat or dog has unexplained weight gain or loss. There are several methods to - To read more, 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 activities in the Asheville area to get ready for the walk!
Testimonial: So Helpful and Friendly

We are so thankful for making the move to Animal Hospital of North Asheville!   


Our wonderful relationship started with Dr. Earley when we brought in a stray dog, Cricket, we had just 'adopted'. He fixed her all up and since then, we've moved our two cats, Rory and Ellie, there, too! Dr. Earley and his exam room technician, Allison, have been so friendly and helpful for the past couple years. We truly feel like they know and care about our family of animals. We also trust and value their professional opinions and expertise. They know their stuff! In addition, the front desk staff is wonderful; so helpful and friendly! We never feel rushed to get off the phone when we're discussing something with them. Overall, the Animal Hospital of North Asheville is a place that deeply loves animals and it shows through in every way. Do you know that feeling when you walk into a place and it just feels right? That is the feeling you get here.   

~Karissa Saville and Steve Petusky 


To read more Testomonials, Click Here.  

Seasonal Links 
Here are links to articles that may be helpful to you in taking care of your pets.
Pet Allergy Primer
Hiking Tips

AHNA Sponsors Asheville Humane Trivia Night
The first ever Asheville Humane Society Trivia Night was a huge success! In one night, AHS raised $18,000 for the homeless pets of Buncombe County. We are very proud that we were the night's top sponsor.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support AHS, and a special thanks to the Animal Hospital of North Asheville Trivia Team! We didn't win trivia night, but we had a great time. (The bunny ears were Amber's idea!)
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.