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Emergency Care for Accidental Overdose
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AHNA August 2012 Newsletter 

It's time to vote in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC poll! Animal Hospital of North Asheville is proud to be the winner of this award! Please help us win again!

Please click here and vote for Animal Hospital of North Asheville as your favorite veterinarian. This award means a lot to everyone on our staff, and we appreciate the time you take to complete this poll.  

Thank you!
The Animal Hospital of North Asheville Staff 
Video: AHNA Open House
Thank you everyone for the tremendous support that you showed us during our open house on July 14th! We were so touched by both the huge number of people who came (wow, we hardly knew what to do!) and the heartwarming expressions of appreciation that were made by so many people. Our entire staff was deeply touched. Thank you!

We thank you, too, for the tremendous patience that you and your pets had with the construction. There were times that you heard noise and maybe times you were not quite sure how to get into the building, but you were so patient and understanding. Hopefully, you can now see that it was well worth it. We are thrilled that our hospitalized patients definitely seem to love all the changes, and they show it by being much more relaxed. They love the TV's, the natural light, the large glass areas for their beds and most of all, the cats LOVE not having to see dogs! Cats love the new sunroom and all the quietness of their own space. When we see that our patients are happy, we all know it was worth it!

Couldn't make it to our Open House? No problem! Just Click Here, or on the picture above, to view the video from the event. (If you were at the Open House, you may see yourself or your pet in the video!)
Deciphering Pet Food Labels 
Brightly colored bags and cans with tempting photos of food line the shelves at the local pet store. The labels show delicious-looking food, happy cats and dogs, and words pledging " All Natural," "Grain Free," and "Human Grade" among a vast array of other marketing terms. But what do these words actually mean in the world of pet food? Not all items or wording that are put in labels have regulated definitions. Some words or descriptions are marketing tools with no regulated definitions. Let's look into some examples -

To read what terms like natural, organic, holistic, human grade, clinically proven, reduced calorie, and grain free actually mean, Click Here.
Tips for Overcoming Your Dog's Thunderstorm Fears
Many of our clients have called us to ask for help with their dog's thunderstorm fears. Here are some quick tips that may help alleviate, or lessen, your pet's thunderstorm fear:

Develop a retraining program with your veterinarian at Animal Hospital of North Asheville to desensitize your dog to storms. This can include playing a soft tape with recorded thunder and rewarding your dog with treats when he/she exhibits no anxiety. Over time, the intensity of the storm music may be increased and only calm behavior rewarded. Use caution - introducing stimuli too quickly can actually increase the phobia!


If retraining does not work, consider --- for more tips, Click Here. 

Photos from our Open House

If you enjoyed the Open House video, then you will love these photos from the big day! We captured some great moments at the Open House, Click Here or on any of the photos below to view the album.    



Emergency Care for
Accidental Overdose
By: Dr. Warren Riggle

Through the years, I have seen many dogs who have not used good judgment about what they eat. It is so easy for accidents to happen. Mandy, a 9 year old very beloved lab mix, came in to Animal Hospital of North Asheville in the evening of June 4, 2012 as an emergency. Mandy had found a bottle of Phenobarbital tablets that had just been purchased at the drug store for Mindy, one of the other dogs in the family. Mindy takes the human drug Phenobarbital to help prevent seizures. She has been taking Phenobarbital for many years and it has been very helpful to her in preventing seizures. Since Mindy has been on the drug so long, we have prescribed large quantities of Phenobarbital at a time so her owners don't have to make as many trips to the pharmacy. Unfortunately, Mandy found the bottle on the counter, got the bottle open by chewing it and ate all 360 of the 16.2 mg - to read the rest of Mandy's story, Click Here.

Testimonial: AHNA is just the best!
I was a show breeder of Miniature Pinschers in the Midwest for a number of years, plus, our work caused us to live in several states over a 10-year period. These factors caused me to have a lot of experience with many different veterinarians and animal hospitals. None came near reaching the level of competency, caring, and expertise of the staff of AHNA.

Our primary care provider, Dr. Earley, is the best diagnostician that I've encountered. He's also gentle and confident
in examining my dogs, and takes time to explain any problems found and to answer my questions. His follow-up calls are reassuring and a definite plus to his service.

To read the rest of this testimonial, 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 
There are many ways that you can help our local animal  welfare groups. One way is to attend the many fun fundraising and adoption events that each group hosts. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, Click Here.  

Donation Needs:
Animal Compassion Network
  • Scoopable kitty litter
  • Straw for Dog House Program
  • Dog beds
Asheville Humane Society 
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Towels
  • Clay Kitty Litter
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
  • Leashes
  • Canned cat and kitten food
  • Hand sanitizer
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.