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AHNA A Finalist for Practice of the Year
5 Tons of Food Donated
Two Free Dog & Cat Help Sessions
Give Your Pet A Healthier New Year
Warning Signs Your Pet Is Sick
Class for Senior Dogs
More Risks Than Benefits to Raw Food Diets
Dog Park Petition Update
New NC Microchip Law
Seasonal Links
Animal Welfare Community Calendar
Teamwork Key to No-Kill Goal


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AHNA January 2014 Newsletter 
AHNA Is A Finalist For Practice  of the Year!
We are thrilled and honored to announce that we are one of three finalists in the Petplan Pet Insurance's 2014 Practice of the Year Award - a national award. We were chosen from a field of more than 3,100 nominations from "pet parents" across the United States. The winner will be announced in Las Vegas on Feb. 16th.

The awards banquet will be during the Western States Veterinary Conference and the following AHNA staff members will be representing the hospital: Dr. Dave Thompson, Dr. Betsy Thompson, Dr. Susan Wootten, Dr. Paul Duncan, Joe Miele, Cathy Hanke, and Mary Henderson.

We hope you and your furry family wish us luck! Click Here to read the full press release about this exciting news.
5 Tons of Food Donated to Help Needy Dogs and Cats!
Thank you, everyone, for all your generous donations to help needy dogs and cats in our community! Our holidays at Animal Hospital of North Asheville are made so much brighter because from Thanksgiving until New Year's Day, we have a steady stream of wonderful and very generous members of the community who bring in dog and cat food, treats, toys, and blankets to help needy pets.

This year's Holiday Pet Food Drive brought in a tremendous amount of food! We have divided the community donations between Asheville Humane Society, Brother Wolf, and Meals on Wheels. Click Here to read more! 
Two Free Dog & Cat Help Sessions 
We have two fantastic free behavior help sessions (humans only, please) for you in February. These sessions are free of charge and no registration is required. Seating will be on a first come basis. These are people-only classes. Please leave your pets at home.

Feb 18th: Cats, What Is Normal
Feb 25th: Don't Leave Me! Help for Separation Anxiety

Click Here to learn more about these 2 great classes!
S.T.E.P.S. Challenge: Give Your Pet A Healthier New Year 

Every year resolutions are made during the New Year season. Some are achieved, some are forgotten, and some are given up on altogether. This year we challenge you, not to make resolutions, but rather to strive to have a healthier and happy year. By making small adjustments and changes that only take a few moments of your time, you can provide a longer, healthier life for your furry companion. 

Challenge 1: Contact Information Check-Up    

This is an easy one. Take a moment to check your pet's microchip and pet's ID tag contact information. Click Here to read the rest of our challenges. 
Warning Signs Your Pet Is Sick
How many times have you had a pet who's just not acting  right, or vomiting, or showing different eating or drinking patterns, and you've wondered whether or not to worry? Our pets can't talk to us, so we have a greater challenge determining whether a problem is just a temporary bad day or whether it's something more serious. At Animal Hospital of North Asheville, we understand how difficult it can be to interpret changes in your pet, and we're always here to help. The following article from WebMD Pets is a good guideline to help you decide when to pursue veterinary care for your pet. But remember, you know your pet better than anyone, so if you feel there's something wrong, please call us! We understand that symptoms can be subtle at times, and we'd rather catch a problem early than wait until things are more serious. Click Here to read about the warning signs you should look for.
 Class for Senior Dogs
A series of four classes for senior dogs is being offered at Animal Hospital of North Asheville on Saturday afternoons starting February 8.  There is a charge of $65 for this series of classes.  Class size is limited to 4 dogs and it is lots of fun for your dog, so see below to sign up fast!

This 4-week class will help provide mental and physical enrichment for your aging best friend. The class includes scent games, trick training, puzzle toys, low level obstacles, and bodywork to keep your senior dogs mind and body active and happy - Click Here for more information.
 More Risks than Benefits to Raw Food Diets
Article by NEWStat - aaha.net
Veterinary researchers have reviewed existing evidence on raw food diets and concluded that there are more risks than benefits when it comes to the diets, reported Tufts Now.

The researchers' opinion was recently published in the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine and titled "Current knowledge about the risks and benefits of raw meat-based diets for dogs and cats."

"Pet nutrition decisions are often made from the heart and with the best intentions, but - Click Here to read more.
Dog Park Petition Update!

The Friends of North Asheville Dog Park are very excited puppy with tennis ball at dog park to have reached 1000 signatures on our petition addressed to the Mayor, City Council, and Parks and Recreation Officals of Asheville, NC. Our petition simply states: "We want an attractive, enclosed and eco-friendly off-leash dog park in North Asheville."  


1000 signatures is an important milestone, but more signatures will be even better! The number of signatures will make a big difference in how the petition is perceived by the officials, so please encourage everyone to sign. We have been collecting signatures online at change.org since late November, but Animal Hospital of North Asheville is now offering another option. We have a paper copy of the petition at our front desk and anyone who would rather sign the paper copy can drop in to sign it any time that we are open (7:30 am until 8:30 pm M-F, Saturday 8:00 am-Noon and at 4:00 pm, and Sunday at 4:00 pm). Click Here to learn more about bringing a dog park to North Asheville. 
New NC Microchip Law
Article by NEWStat - aaha.net

North Carolina's lost pets now have a better chance of finding their way home due to a new law requiring that all animals picked up by animal control be scanned for microchips.

According to the News Herald, Senate Bill 626 was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory on July 29 and went into effect Jan. 1. The bill also gives authority to animal control officers, animal cruelty investigators, law enforcement officers, firefighters, or rescue squad workers to rescue animals left in vehicles. Click Here to read more.
More Than Our Dogs' Caregivers

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!
Beautiful Dalmation
The staff at AHNA has been taking care of our family members for over 20+ years. We can't imagine going anywhere else for medical treatment of our furry kids. Everyone has always been kind, trusting, helpful, informative and gentle & loving to our dalmatians. They share our many happy times as well comforting us when tough decisions need to be made.

Over the years, they have supported our 15+ dogs to ensure they receive the best medical care possible. They perform surgeries with great skill and are always knowledgeable.

I feel like everyone at AHNA is more than our dogs' caregivers, they are truly our friends. They are absolutely wonderful!! - Sherri Johnson

Click Here for more testimonials.  
Seasonal Links 
Helpful links to help you care for 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

Asheville Humane Society

  • Bath towels
  • Peanut butter

ChainFree Asheville     

  • Igloos  
  • Metal T-posts 

 Brother Wolf Animal Rescue  

  • Canned dog/puppy food 
  • Cat toys and treats 
Teamwork Key to No-Kill Goal
This article by Jennifer Brehler, Interim President of Asheville Humane Society, and David Smith, Board Chair, appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Wednesday, January 15
Asheville Humane Logo
Asheville Humane Society applauds the recent announcement by Brother Wolf Animal Rescue that they intend to work aggressively toward a "No-Kill Asheville." We could not be more supportive of this goal, which means 90% of animals arriving at the Buncombe County Animal Shelter are saved. We believe it is achievable, but only with all animal welfare organizations working collaboratively- Click Here to read more.
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.