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Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive
Fun Photos from our Healthy Halloween Party
Bladder Stones in Dogs
Taste of Compassion a Success!
Healthy Treats for Your Pet
Behavior Changes & Pain in Aging Dogs
Testimonial: The Very Best
Seasonal Links
Animal Welfare Community Calendar


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AHNA November 2012 Newsletter 
Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive
AHNA Will Match Your Donation! 
Help us help ease the need that so many dogs and cats have for food and warmth this winter! Animal Hospital of North Asheville will match, up to 1,000 pounds, any pet food donated to our Holiday Pet Food Drive to benefit three wonderful local animal welfare organizations: Asheville Humane SocietyAnimal Compassion Network, and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Please help make the holidays brighter for needy dogs and cats by dropping canned or dry food, blankets, pet toys and/or monetary donations off at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, during normal business hours and before December 25th. We will distribute the donations among the three organizations.

Animal Hospital of North Asheville is very grateful to have these wonderful organizations working so hard day in and day out to help needy dogs and cats, so we will buy and donate a pound of food for every pound (up to 1,000 pounds) donated before December 25th. Our food drive was so successful last year that AHNA actually matched more than 1,000 pounds of food - to read more about how you can help, Click Here.  
Fun Photos from our Healthy  Halloween Party!
Animal Hospital of North Asheville's first Healthy Halloween Party was so much fun!  This was a party to help our clients learn about low calorie healthy treats for their pets.  Our veterinarians and staff were on hand with lots and lots of treats that had fewer than 10 calories each!  Our main message was that pets enjoy the experience of getting a treat, but unlike us, they experience the same  amount of happiness whether it is a big treat or a small one.  So keep those treats low calorie and small! Keeping your pet fit and trim can add years of comfortable life to your pet.  In addition, Dr. Thompson and Dr. Kiss were on hand to talk about ways to keep the teeth and gums healthy which also will add years of comfortable life to a pet's life - for more on the party and for lots of great photos, Click Here.
Bladder Stones in Dogs
By: Dr. Susan Wootten
Diablo, a cute, cute Pekingese who is approximately four years old, was very lucky to find a wonderful new home but unfortunately had been suffering some long term urinary tract problems by the time he got to his new family.  They brought him in to Animal Hospital of North Asheville to find out what was wrong. Diablo saw our internal medicine specialist, Dr. Golden, in September, and with the help of non-invasive ultrasound, Diablo was found to have a huge stone that had formed in his bladder.  Digital x-rays of the abdomen confirmed an approximately 1 x 2 inch large bladder stone, but fortunately no kidney stones were seen.  Poor little Diablo was started on a course of oral antibiotic therapy for the urinary tract infection and scheduled for surgery to remove the stone - to read on, Click Here.
Taste of Compassion a Success! 
Animal Hospital of North Asheville was proud to be a 'Top Dog' sponsor of Animal Compassion Network's Taste of Compassion. This annual event features a silent auction, food, music and a wine tasting with all proceeds going to help homeless pets. Animal Hospital of North Asheville is grateful for organizations such as Animal Compassion Network who put our donated dollars to work to help animals in need! We had a wonderful time at A Taste of Compassion - as you can see from our photographs!
S.T.E.P.S. Healthy Treats
for Your Pet

We kicked off the holiday season with our Healthy Halloween Party on Halloween night. The night was dedicated to sharing tips for providing low calorie treats for cats and dogs, especially ones that can be found in local grocery stores. All the treats that were served were under 10 calories each, and many of them were both cat and dog friendly. The dogs who attended the party agreed that they were tasty, too! But with any treats, moderation is the key. Please remember that treats should make up only five to 10 percent of your pet's diet--the rest should come from a nutritionally complete pet food.  Click Here to read about lots of healthy treat alternatives!  

Behavior Changes & Pain in Aging Dogs
As dogs age, we generally see changes in their behavior. The playful ball-chasing and constant running around that we associate with puppies gives way to adult dogs napping in the sun and lounging during evening TV time. And with senior dogs, we accept even more slowing down. It is important to remember, however, that old age is not a disease. We need to differentiate between normal behavior changes of aging dogs and abnormal behaviors that can be important signals of pain.

What kind of behavior changes might I see in my dog that could signal pain?
Unfortunately, detecting pain in our canine companions isn't always straightforward - Click Here to read more.

Also, Click Here to read our earlier article on Behavior Changes and Pain in Older Cats.
Testimonial: The Very Best

Here is a testimonial from our treasured client, Andrew Craig, about why he chooses Animal Hospital of North Asheville to care for his cat:

When you care enough to give your pet the best, the very best.

To read all of our testimonials, Click Here.
Seasonal Links 
Here are links to articles that may be helpful to you in taking care of your pets.

Local Behavior Center & Dog Training Assistance 
Animal Welfare 
Community Calendar 
There are many ways that you can help our local animal   welfare groups. One way is to attend the fundraising and adoption events that each group hosts. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, Click Here.  
Donation Needs:
Asheville Humane Society   
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Bath Towels 
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
  • Bleach and Pine Sol 
  • Clumping cat litter 
ChainFree Asheville 
  • Water bowls 
  • Straw   
Animal Compassion Network
  • Copier services 
  • Grooming services 
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.