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Dog Park News
What is your dog trying to tell you?
Positive Puppy Socialization
An Update on Magic
Bella Saved from Oral Pain
Staff Education Tidbits
Urinary Obstruction in Cats
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AHNA May 2013 Newsletter 
Vote for Animal Hospital of North Asheville
Voting is early this year for the Mountain Xpress Best of
Click the above photo to vote!
WNC Reader's Poll! Animal Hospital of North Asheville is proud to be the winner of this award and would like your help in winning again.

Please click here and vote for Animal Hospital of North Asheville as your Favorite Veterinarian (please do not vote for individual doctors). Sign in using your e-mail address. A confirmation email will be sent to you from Mountain Xpress. Check your 'SPAM' folder if you don't see the confirmation email. Open the email and click on the link provided to get to your ballot.

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  
Dog Park News: We need you to attend tomorrow's City Council meeting!   
On Tuesday, May 14th, Julie Maccarin will be making a presentation to City Council on behalf of Friends for a North Asheville Dog Park. A possible site for the park has been identified, so she will be requesting Council's endorsement of the group's efforts, as well as the assignment of City staff to assist in going forward. Friends for a North Asheville Dog Park thanks Councilmember Chris Pelly for all his help during the past few months and for getting the dog park on the agenda for Tuesday, May 14th.

If you would like to have a dog park in North Asheville, please plan to attend this meeting - Click Here to read more.
What is Your Dog Trying
to Tell You? 

Dogs are 'talking' to us all the time, we just don't always understand their language. This video will help you to understand what your dog, or your neighbor's dog, or the dog at the park, is trying to tell you!
  Click Here or on the words above
to watch the video.   
S.T.E.P.S. Positive Puppy Socialization 

What is Puppy Socialization?
Socialization is a very important learning process through which puppies become accustomed to being around different types of people, animals, objects and environments. Puppies have a short window between 3-16 weeks of age when they are learning how to be a part of society and form opinions on what is scary and what is safe. In the wild, these opinions can be a key to survival. Once they reach a certain age (over 14-16 weeks), they can start to become more suspicious of things that they have not yet encountered, even if the new experiences are positive.  
Click Here to read more about socialization and why it is important.
An Update on Magic 

Many of you have asked for an update on Magic, the poodle that was rescued by Asheville Humane Society and treated here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville. Click Here to see photos of Magic happy in his new life!

An update from Magic's Family:

Magic has come a long way since you all saved his life.  He's developing his own personality, likes and dislikes, but above all, has become a daddy's boy.  

As soon as we arrived in Florida, I signed up for group classes through my dog club, Tailwagger's, and also worked with a private trainer. Magic participated in 6-week classes in basic agility - Click Here to read more.

Bella Saved from a Life of Intense Oral Pain
By Dr. Caroline Kiss
Bella is a sweet and gentle 10 year old female Australian Shepherd mix that was hiding a problem so severe that it would cause any human with a similar disease process to be expressing absolute misery. Yet, Bella was outwardly a happy and active dog who was well taken care of and very loved. Bella illustrates how well our beloved pets can hide even severe oral pain and how appropriate treatment can stop the pain and let them truly enjoy life.

Bella and her family recently moved to Asheville from Tennessee. Her mom, Holly, was concerned because in spite of having professional dental cleanings every six months and having excellent oral homecare including daily tooth brushing, Bella developed severe halitosis and bleeding from her gums - Click Here to read more.  
Staff Education Tidbits
Dr. Jim Earley and Dr. Amy Plankenhorn traveled to Johnson City, TN, on a recent rainy Sunday to attend a day-long presentation about cancer management.  The speaker was Dr. Greg Ogilvie, a respected veterinary oncology specialist from San Diego, CA, who has been on the forefront of cancer research for many years.

They learned about some exciting new developments coming up in veterinary cancer management, reviewed pain management and comfort care, and picked up some interesting facts.  For example:

*    Obesity is a risk factor for cancer.

*    Grain in the diet does not lead to the development of cancer, unless it's highly refined sugars.

Click Here to read more.
Urinary Obstruction in Cats
By Dr. Amy Plankenhorn
Smitty is a gorgeous big black kitty who was adopted almost three years ago.  He has a great life hanging out in his apartment with his dog buddy and his mom.  But one day his mom saw that Smitty wasn't feeling well.  He was withdrawn, depressed, and vomiting.  She called Animal Hospital of North Asheville and got him right in to the hospital.  When Smitty arrived, he was immediately examined by Dr. Amy Plankenhorn.  His body temperature was low, he was dehydrated, and most importantly, his abdomen was very painful.  It felt like his bladder was extremely enlarged, hard, and painful.  An ultrasound examination of his bladder confirmed that it was very full, consistent with an obstruction in his urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the bladder), and that he did not have any stones in his bladder - Click Here to read more.
Seasonal Links 
Here are links to articles that may be helpful to you in   taking care of your pets.
Local 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:   

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue 

  • Universal Microchip Scanner  
  • Shirt Boxes   

Animal Compassion Network

  • Peanut Butter  
  • Kongs   
Asheville Humane Society    
  • Crate Mats  
  • Rope Toys  

ChainFree Asheville   

  • Cordless Drill 
  • Welded Wire Fencing  
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.