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5 Tons of Pet Food Donated for Needy Pets
Our New Hospital Video
Check Your Cat Today
A Dog Park in North Asheville
2013 Pet Resolutions
Testimonial: Bella is Doing Terrific
10 Signs of Illness in Cats
Seasonal Links
Animal Welfare Community Calendar

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AHNA January 2013 Newsletter 
5 Tons of Pet Food Donated for Needy Cats & Dogs - Thank You!
Our Holiday Pet Food Drive was once again a huge success! We send a big THANK YOU out to our clients and the community for donating 8,000 pounds of food! It almost filled our huge Education Room! Animal Hospital of North Asheville will be donating another 2,000 pounds to bring the grand total up to 5 tons of food. In addition, many, many toys and blankets were also donated to provide fun and comfort to homeless pets. Thank you!

To read how these donations were distributed among the local animal welfare organizations, Click Here.
Our New Hospital Video!
 Click on the photo below to watch the video.  

Our video features all our new hospital has to offer. If you were unable to attend the Open House, this video will be particularly helpful to you. Click Here to watch.
Check Your Cat Today
By: Dave Thompson, DVM and Caroline Kiss, DVM, ABVP

We are about to show you something that we commonly see in cats called alveolar osteitis. Despite being common, many veterinarians do not know about it. In just minutes, you will be able to check your own cat to determine whether he or she may be suffering from it.  

CLICK HERE to learn how to diagnose this condition in your pet. 
Please Attend Meeting in our Education Room to Create a North Asheville Dog Park

A small group of dog owners met recently to explore options for creating an off-leash park in North Asheville and wants you to join the effort! The next meeting will be in the Education Room at Animal Hospital of North Asheville at 7:00 PM on Monday, February 4th, 2013.  The North side lags behind the East and West parts of town, which have welcoming, safe, spacious dog parks. The "Friends for a North Asheville Dog Park" hopes to catch up, with the support and involvement of other AHNA dog lovers. Click Here for more information on the proposed North Asheville Dog Park.
S.T.E.P.S. - 2013 Pet Resolutions  
As we put away our decorations, notice the extra couple of pounds that we have put on during the holidays and try get back into a routine, we start to think about New Year's resolutions. Many of us pledge to eat healthier, to go to the gym, to lose weight, and so on. Instead of thinking of these resolutions as a chance to fail, try to view the New Year as fresh start and a chance to get back into good habits and good health, for yourself and for your pets! Here are a few good New Year's healthy habits for your pet:

1. Good Nutrition: Like in people, a poor diet can lead to obesity and other health concerns in pets. Learn to read pet food labels. Give treats in moderation. Measure your pet's food - for more suggestions on keeping your pet healthy in 2013, Click Here.
Testimonial: Bella is doing terrific!

Thank you Dr. Kiss and Dr. Earley. It's two weeks after surgery. Bella is doing terrific - lots of energy, playfulness and talking a whole lot more. Here she is on a recent walk (picture). 23 teeth less and a whole lot of happiness. No more pain from that nasty C.U.P.S. disease!
~ Holly Hutchinson Weinman

To read all of our testimonials, Click Here.
10 Signs of Illness in Cats 

Sometimes it's difficult to identify when your cat's not feeling well. Watch for these signs of illness, and consult with your veterinarian as soon as possible if your pet begins to show any of them.

 

1. Inappropriate elimination

A cat that urinates inappropriately could have any number of conditions associated with the behavior, including lower urinary tract disease, kidney disease, urinary tract infection, and diabetes mellitus. It can also be a sign of arthritis, which makes it difficult for cats to get into the litter box.

 

To read the 9 other signs of illness in cats, 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   
  • Dish soap    
  • Hot dogs 
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
  • Universal microchip scanner 
  • Pillowcases  
ChainFree Asheville   
  • Straw   
  • Tarps    
Animal Compassion Network
  • Spray bottles  
  • Postage stamps 
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.