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New Extended Hours
What's your dog's play style?
Dog Park News
Puppy Preschool Video
10 Safest Vehicles for Pets
A Thirsty Kitty
If Dogs Could Talk
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Animal Welfare Community Calendar


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AHNA July 2013 Newsletter 
New Extended Hours -
Opening Earlier
Beginning on July 15th, Animal Hospital of North Asheville began opening earlier each morning Monday through Friday. Each weekday we are now open from 7:30 AM until 8:30 PM. Our Saturday and Sunday hours remain the same: Saturday we are open from 8:00 AM until 12 Noon and have Urgent Care available at 4:00 PM. Sunday Urgent Care is available at 4:00 PM also. Urgent care is only for Animal Hospital of North Asheville patients and clients. On very rare occasions it is necessary to cancel Urgent Care hours due to maintenance needs of the facility, so if a need arises for your pet, always call 828-253-3393 before coming for Urgent Care and listen to the recording to be sure that we will be open at 4:00 PM on a specific Saturday or Sunday - to read more Click Here.  
S.T.E.P.S. What is your dog's play style? 
When thinking about adding a dog or puppy to your Body slam family, it is always a good idea to research breed types and traits. The physical appearance of mixed breeds often (but not always!) provides clues about breed heritage. Knowing the breed types and traits that contributed to your dog's ancestry is important to help your new family member grow into a well-balanced dog. Traits your dog is likely to show should match the lifestyle of your family, otherwise behavior issues may arise. For example, breeds with a high energy/work drive living with a sedentary family providing minimal stimulation are much more likely to suffer from anxiety, obesity, and other health issues, or may develop destructive behavior patterns.

Is your dog a Cheerleader? A Body Slammer? Or maybe a Chaser? Click Here to find out!
Friends of North Asheville Dog Park Community Meeting Minutes   
A community meeting was held to talk about a proposal Dog Park for a dog park in North Asheville. The meeting was publicized in advance through local media and was attended by 129 people, including City of Asheville management staff, a member of Asheville City Council, and members of the community - the majority residing in the 28804 zip code.

Asheville City Councilmember Chris Pelly opened the meeting by restating its purpose - to discuss the proposed dog park and hear comments, concerns and questions from the community - and by addressing a concern about a recent eviction notice issued to the tenants of the Killian House. The owner of the property authorized Pelly to announce that the eviction had been suspended, and stressed the importance of noting that the matter between the two parties was unrelated to the dog park - to read all the minutes, Click Here.  
Puppy Preschool
Thursday nights in Animal Hospital of North Asheville's Education Room have been filled with the pitter patter sounds of puppy paws and laughter. Our adorable Puppy Preschoolers have been learning valuable socializing skills while playing with the other puppies who attend, building confidence with positive experiences, and meeting new people. Our wonderful puppy parents are doing a great job of allowing the puppies to explore new things at their own pace and cheering them on at each step. All the puppies are in the critical puppy socializing stage of 2-4 months old when lots of positive experiences are critical to them interacting well with other dogs and people.

Click Here to watch a video of our Puppy Preschool from the first half of this preschool session - who is having more fun - the puppies or the parents!

10 Safest Vehicles for Pets 

Edmunds.com, a site that provides consumers with automotive information and shopping advice, has released its list of the 10 safest vehicles for pets. 


The vehicles on the list have pet-friendly features and are all priced starting below $35,000. 


In alphabetical order, the 10 safest vehicles for pets are: 

  • Dodge Journey - Pet-safe features include a rearview camera that prevents drivers from backing over pets; an in-dash cooler that can be used to store beverages, medicine or pet food; and steering-wheel-mounted controls that can decrease driver distraction.
  • Ford Flex - The Ford Flex boasts a roomy interior and wide door openings that allow pets to easily climb in and out.

Click Here to see the entire list. 

A Thirsty Kitty: Diabetes & Cushing's Disease
By Dr. Susan Wootten
Jake is a beautiful and beloved 10 year old neutered male Himalayan who has been a long term patient under the care of Dr. Plankenhorn at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville.  His history over the last 7 months has shown us that we can see the same kind of hormonal imbalances in cats that we commonly see in dogs and people.  Endocrinopathies are diseases that affect the glandular organs of the body and can cause hormonal imbalance.  These glands include the pancreas, the thyroid gland, the pituitary gland, and the adrenal gland.  

Jake's problems began when he started having inappropriate urination in October of 2012.  He was drinking more water, and urinating outside of his litter pan.  Blood tests and a urinalysis were consistent with - Click Here to read more about Jake.
If Dogs Could Talk: The 10  Things They Would Say

Dogs can't talk to us. (Don't you wish they could!) If your dog could talk to you, these are some of the things he/she would say:
  1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
  3. Place your trust in me - it is crucial to my well being.
  4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.

Click Here for the rest of the list! 

Testimonial: A Perfect Care Practice for My Best Friend
I am so happy to have this "home" for Sterling's health needs. Although I have only been there two times with him in his 6 years (due to travel demands for a living), I LOVE THIS PLACE! If one could dream of a perfect care practice for my best friend or any of my pets, now or later, this is it! Thank you for all of you, and the professionalism, and trained staff! - Constance Cordell

Click Here for more testimonials.  
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:   

Asheville Humane Society    
  • Bath Towels   
  • Clay kitty litter    

ChainFree Asheville   

  • Water bowls 
  • Straw    

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue  

  • Canned Food 
  • Dry puppy & adult food 
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.