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Happy Howl-o-ween
FDA Warning: Beware of Jerky Treats
Creating a low-stress environment for your cat
Important Rabies Information
Tips to keep your dog calm
AHS Trivia Night
AHNA recommended by DINOS
Annual Veterinary Dental Forum
FNADP November Meeting
Seasonal Links
Animal Welfare Community Calendar


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AHNA October 2013 Newsletter 
 Happy Howl-o-ween at AHNA


Stop in for trick or treating at Animal Hospital of North Asheville on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm

  • Fun and healthy treats
  • Pets who enjoy costumes are welcome to wear them
  • Pets without costumes are welcome too!

If your pet doesn't enjoy parties, then please feel free to stop by and say hello without them - you can even bring home a treat from the party for your pet to enjoy. 


This is a costume friendly event, but costumes are not required. We will be taking pictures to post on Facebook and for our newsletter. 


Everyone is welcome for this Spook-tactular event!

FDA Warning:
Beware of Jerky Treats

We want all of our clients to be aware of the information on the FDA Fact Sheet: Jerky Treats which you can read by Clicking Here.

There is an on-going investigation as to why jerky treats seem to be causing sickness and death in dogs and cats, and although all the jerky treats have not been recalled, concern is mounting. As of September 24th, over 3,600 dogs and cats had been reported sick after eating jerky treats with approximately 600 of those dying. Please be careful what you feed your pet, and be aware that any dried meat may be classified as jerky.  

Creating A Low-Stress Environment For Your Cat
By: Amy Plankenhorn, DVM

Have you ever looked at your cat and thought, "Boy, I'd like to have that life!  Sleeping all day with the other cats, nothing to do, food always available, somebody else to clean the toilet... what a great deal!"  But we've actually asked our indoor domestic cats to live a very different lifestyle from what their natural instincts tell them.

Cats in the wild are solitary hunters.  They have very heightened senses of smell and hearing, which enable them to locate prey and to protect themselves from threats. While they can form social groups if enough resources are available, they typically hunt and eat alone. They may choose to - Click Here to read more.
Important Information about Rabies: Fact Sheet for NC


Rabies can be a serious problem for you and your pet if you let your pet's rabies vaccination go past the expiration date. If your pet's rabies vaccination has expired and your pet comes in contact with a wild animal, the law states that your pet must either be quarantined for 6 months in approved facility (you are not allowed to visit) or your pet must be euthanized. This is the law. Please read this important article on rabies and never let your pet's protection from rabies lapse. Keep vaccinations current! Also, even if your pet is current on rabies vaccination, if your pet comes in contact with a wild animal, he or she needs a booster within 5 days. To read the entire Rabies Fact Sheet for North Carolina, Click Here.
Tips To Keep Your Dog Calm
Do you have an overly active dog? Here are some tips to help keep your dog calm.
Provide adequate amount of physical exercise:
  • Daily, brisk walks; play fetch; tug of war; play dates with other dogs
  • Be aware that dogs overheat quickly and limit activity during the heat of the day.
  • If your dog is not physically fit, slowly condition your dog to increased physical activity by taking more frequent short walks. Increase distance gradually.
Provide mental stimulation:
  • Feed from interactive toys instead of a bowl.
Click Here to get more great tips!
Asheville Humane
Society Trivia Night 
We had a great time at the Asheville Humane Society Trivia Night! Two teams represented Animal Hospital of North Asheville, and both did great! One team came in 2nd place and the other placed in the top 6. We are so proud of them and everyone who came out and played for a great cause!  
Click Here or on the photo to see pictures from this awesome fundraiser!  
AHNA Recommended by
Dogs In Need Of Space

We are very proud to be listed on the DINOS: Dogs in Need of Space website as a 'Veterinarian Recommended by Team Dinos.' And we are particularly proud to be the only hospital (worldwide) to receive three recommendations on their site!

are Dogs In Need Of Space. The term DINOS is intended to help the public understand that ALL dogs have a need for and a right to their personal space. Some dogs may have a stronger need for space than others.
Click Here to read more about what AHNA does to care for all dogs including DINOS.
Annual Veterinary Dental Forum: Learning the Latest

By: Dr. Dave Thompson
For me, the highlight of my year is attending The Annual Veterinary Dental Forum.  This national meeting on the latest dental and anesthetic topics with speakers from around the world is a once-a-year, fantastic opportunity to learn the latest dental techniques.  It is really exciting to know that I am hearing the very newest information available. Topics like Advanced Periodontal Therapy and Flap Surgery, Methods to Increase Gingival Attachment, Eliminating Pain with Restorative Dentistry, Correcting Base Narrow Canines, Current Concepts of Bone Augmentation, Oral Fracture Repair and many other topics empower me to eliminate painful conditions and save teeth that otherwise - Click Here to read more! 

Friends of North Asheville Dog Park November Meeting
The Friends of North Asheville Dog Park (FNADP) will have its next meeting on Monday, November 11th at 7 p.m. at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room. The meeting will include updates from the Site Design and Fundraising Committees, as well as further discussions about the proposed site.

Click Here to read more.
Testimonial: AHNA is Amazing!
Would you like your pet to be featured on our website in the testimonial section? Just email your testimonial and a photo of your pet to: info@ahna.net - thank you!

I am so very proud of this hospital! I have known and worked closely with the owners and staff for years, as well as had multiple clients who use them. I have been consistently impressed with their commitment to not only high standards of care, but to the quality, low stress experience they work hard to provide pets. They are unwavering in their pursuit of good information and cutting edge practices, and have attracted and maintained a staff that is similarly passionate and capable. Honored to be in the same town. :)                             - Kim Brophey

Click Here for more testimonials.  
Seasonal Links 
Here are links to articles that may be helpful to you in   taking care of your pets. 
Pet Behavior Aid    
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 
  • Cat treats  
  • Litter  
Asheville Humane Society  
  • Crate mats    
  • Dish soap      

ChainFree Asheville    

  • Straw
  • Dog toys
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.