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AHNA April 2012 Newsletter 
Vote for AHNA!
 Please vote for Animal Hospital of North Asheville as 'Best Veterinarian' in the WNC Parent Family Choice Awards! (Please vote for the hospital and not individual veterinarians.) In order for your vote to count, you must vote in 20 categories. Thank you!   

Zoee's Life Saved! Esophageal Foreign Body

By: Dr. Susan Wootten  

Early one morning, Zoee, a beloved 4 year old Yorkie arrived as an emergency here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville. Her human mom was concerned that Zoee had possibly swallowed a large piece of a rawhide chew because she was gagging and making attempts to vomit. After immediately assessing her and finding that she was reasonably comfortable and was stable, I ordered radiographs (x-rays) to determine if the rawhide chew was indeed lodged in her esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach).
The radiographs taken of Zoee's chest and abdomen showed that the part of the esophagus that passes through her chest cavity was dilated with air. Just over the heart, there was an elongated mass that we suspected was the stuck rawhide - to read what happened to Zoee, Click Here.  
Playing Kittens Video!
A happy kitten is a kitten who is playing! Click the photo to watch these rambunctious rascals having the time of their lives at Animal Hospital of North Asheville!

Click Here to watch the video!

Our Pharmacy Team
To work in the pharmacy at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, you must love attention to detail as Nan and Sharon do. Both Nan and Sharon are Registered Veterinary Technicians who carefully fill the prescriptions at Animal Hospital of North Asheville. Nan works in the pharmacy 4 days a week, and Sharon steps away from her surgery duties 1 day a week to work in the pharmacy as well.
"I enjoy completing projects," said Nan, "and that's what I do all day long. Working in the pharmacy, I complete mini-projects all day long. It gives me a real sense of accomplishment."
Attention to detail is very important when dealing with potentially life-saving - to read more, Click Here.
Is Your Home Cat Friendly?
At Animal Hospital of North Asheville, we are always striving to make our practice as cat friendly as possible. We want your cat's experience here to be stress-free and enjoyable, so we put a lot of thought into how to best serve our feline friends. (For more on creating a stress-free veterinarian visit, Click Here.)

Many cat owners choose their veterinarian hospital based on whether or not they feel the hospital is cat friendly or not; it is a very important element of a good pet medical practice. But did you know that your own home may not be cat friendly?!? Or that it might be your behavior that is causing your cat to act out in a negative way?

Click on any of the links below for amazing resources on how to best create the ideal home for your cats, as well as very helpful information on deciphering cat behavior.
The Indoor Cat Initiative
Environmental Enrichment
Stepping out with S.T.E.P.S. & Brother Wolf's Run for the Paws
Total enrolled in S.T.E.P.S: 21
Enrolled in our Online Support Page: 16

We are proud to be a sponsor of Brother Wolf's Run for the Paws 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk on Sunday, April 22, 2012! We are inviting everyone to join us in walking (or running) in support of healthy living and homeless animals. All proceeds benefit Brother Wolf.

It will be a day of live music, good food, games for kids and dogs, and much, much more! Dogs are welcome and encouraged to come.

The event takes place Sunday, April 22 at Fletcher Park. The Wellness Fair starts around noon and the race starts at 1:30pm. Everyone who would like to join us walking or running, should plan to meet at our booth near the Pavilion at 1:15pm. Be sure to Register for the 5K or 1 mile Fun Walk.

Click Here for more information.
Testimonial: The Best Vet / Hospital in Asheville

We were in Asheville last week - early March! We took both Maddy and Busby to a dog park - which I've done numerous times before.

Two days later, I noticed she was holding up her rear hind leg. Lameness -I've now since learned is the classic first symptom of Lyme disease in dogs. Anyway, I thought she had hurt her foot, and so looked for something in her pad. Nothing.

Six hours later, she had trouble going down the stairs.

Now, I was getting concerned. But she had 'shifted legs' in terms of the lameness. Another classic sign.

In bed, that night, she cuddled so tightly to me that I knew something was wrong. She seemed so depressed - DEFINITELY not my Maddy. Again, another classic sign.
When I woke the following morning, with her on my chest, and tried to stand her on the bed, she couldn't support herself and collapsed.

ZOOM! Called the best vet/hospital in Asheville and we were seen within the hour. We were blessed to have found one of the best veterinarian clinics in the region and a vet who Paul and I think walks on water, Dr. Susan Wootten.

To read the entire Testimonial and learn about Maddy's surprising diagnosis,  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

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
Donation Needs
Animal Haven
  • Nutro Senior dry dog food
  • Alpo canned dog food
  • Science Diet Original dry cat food

Asheville Humane Society  

  • Crate mats 
  • Bleach
  • Batteries - AA and AAA sizes

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

  • Canned Puppy Food 
  • Enrichment Puzzles
  • Purina Kitten Chow

For more information on donation needs and upcoming events, Click Here 

Mega Match-A-Thon!
Animal Hospital of North Asheville was thrilled to be a part of the Mega Match-A-Thon Adoption Event that took place at Biltmore Square Mall. 71 pets were adopted! Congratulations to all the area animal welfare organizations that were part of this wonderful event.

Click Here to see our photo slideshow of the event.
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.