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Alert - Pet Food Recall
AHNA Sponsors Run for the Paws
Feline Body Language
Critically Ill Dog Saved by Lab Tests
S.T.E.P.S. Tip of the Month
A Memorial for Charlie
Love in a Can
Testimonial
Seasonal Links
Animal Welfare Community Calendar

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AHNA May 2012 Newsletter 
Open House on July14th!
Our new hospital is almost complete! Soon we will have our quiet separate treatment room, ICU, ward and sunroom that are all just for cats, our amazing treatment room, ICU, and ward all just for dogs, our new chemotherapy room, our new laundry and food preparation room, and so much more. We can hardly wait! Due to a few delays that occurred in the construction, we have now moved our open house to July 14th. As you can see, everything is going well with the landscaping. Soon our patient relief area will be done and the fence will be up. There are new trees on the parking lot island in memory of our dear old silver maple that passed a little while back, and the area has been lowered so that patients and families can use it. There will also be many new areas inside for families. If your pet is sick or has to be in the hospital for any reason, you are welcome to be by their side at Animal Hospital of North Asheville!

We look forward to seeing you and your pet for Open House on July 14th!

ALERT! Pet Food Recalls 
The recent recall of pet food due to salmonella has been expanded to include MANY more brands. Click here for the complete list of brands, as well as the exact names and production codes of recalled food.

Protect your pets!
AHNA Sponsors Run for the Paws
We are very proud to have sponsored Brother Wolf Animal Rescue's Run for the Paws event. The day was a huge success with over 350 people in the race and many more who enjoyed the Health and Wellness Fair.
Click on any of the photos below to see pictures of Team Animal Hospital of North Asheville at the event and other fun photos.
 
   
Feline Body Language
Body language, behavior, and vocalizations are keys to understanding the feline mind. You and your cat might speak different languages, but you can still communicate with each other.

Indicators such as the look in your cat's eyes, the tone of her voice, the position of her ears, and the motion of her tail can provide important clues that reveal her feelings and intentions. You can learn to "read" these signals so you'll get a good idea of what's on your cat's mind.

Click here to learn about how your cat communicates his/her mood through body language and vocalization.
Critically Ill Dog Saved by Lab Tests and Quick Thinking
By: Dr. Warren Riggle
Lily, a 4 year 4 month German Shorthaired Pointer, came to us as an emergency on November 16, 2011 around 2:30 P.M. after being seen by another veterinary hospital two weeks prior for undiagnosed pain.  At that hospital, she was prescribed a pain medication called tramadol, and she seemed to be doing better.

The evening before Lily came to our clinic she had gotten into the trash and started vomiting. The following morning, Lily continued vomiting and was not eating or drinking but was able to walk. Early in the afternoon, Lily had suddenly gotten much worse and was not able to walk or even get up before she was presented to us. 

When Lily came in to our hospital, she was non-responsive. To read how Lily's life was saved, Click Here.
S.T.E.P.S. Update and Tip of the Month
Congrats to Gidget, Marcie, Pepper, Orly and Dutchess for their weigh-ins and working on a healthy weight! (And congrats to their parents for helping them!) These S.T.E.P.S. participants are on their way to healthier, happier, more active lives!

Tip:
Prevent the loss of lean muscle mass while slowly reducing caloric intake
One of the keys to weight loss is to prevent the loss of lean muscle mass while slowly reducing caloric intake. Therefore, exercise is key to weight loss by increasing the rate of metabolism so the body can burn even more calories at rest. Remember that even the little things you do to increase activity in your pet can be helpful. Using puzzle toys at feeding times, tossing each piece of kibble instead of - Click Here to learn how to make exercise a game for your pet!
A Memorial for Charlie
Charlie joined the AHNA family in 2005, and was with us until his passing on 7/16/11. Charlie
Charlie
had a great way of making people smile. He had an irresistible way of cocking his head to the side with a big grin on his face. The smile was contagious! The only thing Charlie loved better than visiting with people was eating the cookies they brought. He knew the cookies were just for him. Charlie would often get so excited that he would bounce around. Even in his golden years when his body was not keeping up with his heart, he would still have a smile on his face and room in his tummy for a cookie. He stole a lot of hearts at the hospital. He will always be missed by his wonderful family, friends, and AHNA family.

If you would like to memorialize your pet on our website, please contact us at info@ahna.net. 
Love in a Can
Animal Hospital of North Asheville is the May sponsor for Asheville Humane Society's 'Love in a Can.'

A 'Love In A Can' sponsorship underwrites the expense of canned dog and cat food for a full month at Asheville Humane Society. Canned cat and dog food helps to stimulate the appetite of those animals who are sick, injured, stressed, or simply lonely. We are happy to help pets who need a little nudge to keep their spirits high as they await their forever homes!

Click Here to learn how you can become a sponsor for 'Love in a Can' or the 'Litter Lovers' program.
Testimonial: Years of Care & Concern
We have been taking our pets to AHNA for over 30 years, and we have always been thrilled with every member of the staff. They have seen us through many pets and many ups and downs. I think our favorite thing is the genuine care and follow-up; we've had MANY calls at home, particularly from Dr. Riggle, to check on pets after they have been in to see him.

Most recently, I took a new pup, Barkley, in, with what was starting to look like parvo. Dr. Riggle clearly covered my options, and after a positive test for parvo, two vet techs stayed with me and showed me how to give him fluids so I could take him home. He turned out to have a miraculous recovery, and Dr. Riggle called every night until Barkley was out of danger, even though he seemed to be fine. My mom always comments that it would be nice if human doctors had so much follow up, care, and thoughtfulness!

In our 30+ years of going to AHNA, we have never had a bad experience, and I recommend them every chance I get. Thank you so much for all your years of care and concern for our family members!
~ Carolyn Lednum 
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
 
May 17, 5:30 - 7:30 pm: Asheville Humane Society - Neo Cantina, Yappy Hour, 10 Biltmore Plaza, Biltmore Village, $10 admission

May 19, 12pm - 4pm: Animal Compassion Network - Woof Gang's, Adoption Day and free pawdicures

May 19, 12 - 4:00 pm: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue - PetSmart Adoption Event, 150 Bleachery Blvd.

For the complete calendar of upcoming events, 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.