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25 Years at AHNA
What to do if your pet is stung
Animal Welfare Community Calendar
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AHNA June 2012 Newsletter 
You are invited! Open House, Saturday, July 14th!
AHNA Today!

You are invited to come as our guest to see your pet's new hospital!  Amazing state-of-the-art facilities are available for you and your pet -right here in Asheville!  On Saturday, July 14th from 2:00 until 4:00 in the afternoon, you will be able to tour our new hospital to see all the changes and learn about the advanced care that is available.  There will be treats
AHNA in 1977
for the pets, door prizes, games for children, refreshments, a photo booth and much more!  Pets are welcome! Even though we have a new building, the same great people are here, and we would love to see you on July 14th!

Video: Kittens Play With
An Ear Cone!
Squeak and Smokey have fun wherever they go and can make a toy of anything - even an ear cone! Check out Squeak's fancy move at second 18 through 21 - he's very athletic! Click on the photos below to VIEW the VIDEO! 
(An ear cone is what is used in our otoscope
to look into the ear.)

25 Years At AHNA 
By Amy Plankenhorn, DVM

Do you remember where you were in the summer of  1987? Ronald Reagan was still President, the Iran-Contra affair was breaking, and Michael Jackson was Bad. And three (young!) women were joining the staff of Animal Hospital of North Asheville. In June, Norma Morgan joined the client care team after having worked as a dental assistant. Two weeks later, Kelly Brown became part of the technician team having just graduated from tech school as a Registered Veterinary Technician. And finally, on July 1, I became the "new doctor" of the group, two weeks after graduating from veterinary school.

We came to AHNA at an exciting time; the practice was busy enough to be able to add more staff and another doctor. Although Kelly and I had our school training, we were inexperienced but enthusiastic. Trad
Dr. Plankenhorn when she first joined AHNA!
itionally, summer is the busiest time of year in veterinary practice, and in those days before we had the excellent types of fleaproducts that are available now, summers were even more challenging. We had to learn a lot, and learn it quickly! Fortunately, we all had a lot of help and mentorship and were welcomed with open arms by coworkers and clients alike.
Click Here to read the rest of the story (and to see more great photos!)
What To Do If Your Pet Is Stung
It's springtime in the mountains and the bees, hornets, and wasps are buzzing around. Many dogs and cats like to chase and bat at these insects, which can result in a painful sting. Dogs and cats who are uninterested in  'playing' with these insects are also often stung, so what do you do if your pet is stung by a bee, hornet, or wasp?

If you suspect your pet has been stung, immediately remove him/her from the area just in case the nest is close by. Next, do a thorough check of your pet's body, paying special attention to the paws, nose, ears, and inside the mouth. If your pet has been stung inside their mouth, call us at 828-253-3393 immediately. A sting to the inside of the mouth can be serious, especially if the tongue is swollen.

To get more life-saving information, Click Here.
NEW! Animal Welfare Community Calendar
We have changed the format of the Animal Welfare Community Calendar so that it is easier for you to read. Please check out the new calendar here and update your own calendar with events you want to attend!

For the complete calendar of upcoming events,  Click Here.   

What You Need to Know When Choosing a Pet Food

When you are shopping for your cat's and dog's food, what do you look for? Does the brightly colored package and photos of chunks of meats and veggies appeal to you? Or is it the names of the food that sound good enough to be on a menu at restaurant? Do words like "holistic," "healthy," "natural," or "human grade quality ingredients" catch your eye? OR do you read the label and make decisions based on the nutritional information? With thousands of pet food products on the market, how do you make the best choice?


Choosing a pet food is one of the most important choices that we can make for our furry friends. Pet food labels can be very confusing. Understanding the label information can help you make informed decisions about which food to feed your pets. With the help of your veterinarian here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, you can decide what type and amount of food your pet should eat based on age, life stage requirements, or any medical condition or disease that needs to be factored in. In a nutshell, you should look on the label for - to read the rest of the article, Click Here!

Testimonial: The Best Staff & Animal Hospital in WNC
Praise from client, Ray Dean:
Never a wait, never a hold, always courteous and polite.

The service is outstanding. The best staff and animal hospital in all of Western North Carolina. It doesn't get any better than AHNA. Great facility. Wonderful staff. Very caring, gentle, and sensitive to our doggies. (Mariska and Peanut)

From the appointment, to the arrival, exam/procedures, and check out... par excellence.

After 17 years of continuous service for our pets, AHNA is our home away from home for our doggies. We know they're getting the best of care. Thank you!

P. S. We think the new Pet Portal is just great. Good job. Thanks.  
Seasonal Links 
Here are links to articles that may be helpful to you in
taking care of 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.