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In This Issue
AHNA Wins Practice of the Year
Fun in the Snow!
Our Favorite Things Video
Tools to Help You Check Your Pet's Weight
National Cat Health Month
Silver Muzzles: An Enrichment Class for Senior Dogs
Asheville Angel Pets Conference
Dog Park Update
Free Dog Behavior Classes
Seasonal Links
Animal Welfare Community Calendar


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AHNA February 2014 Newsletter 
AHNA is the Winner of
Practice of the Year!
We are very excited to announce that Animal Hospital of North Asheville was selected Practice of the Year, a national award sponsored by Pet Plan. We are especially honored to be selected by such a prestigious group of judges,  Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP, CEO of American Animal Hospital Association, Karen Felsted, DVM, CPA, CVPM, MS, CEO of National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues and Amy Hoyumpa Vogt, DVM 2013-2014 President of American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

During the judging process, each of the three finalist hospitals completed a questionnaire, and was visited, interviewed and filmed by a camera crew.  Staff from all three of the hospitals were flown to Las Vegas and provided accommodations for the weekend.  Several members of our AHNA team were excited to attend the awards dinner on February 16th that was held in tandem with the 86th annual Western Veterinary Conference. The 2014 gala event was emceed by Dr. Ernie Ward and attended by more than 120 guests - Click Here to learn more about this exciting award, and why AHNA won!
Fun in the Snow! (or cuddled up inside where it's warm!) 
Some pets played outside, and some cuddled up inside where it was warm, but everyone enjoyed the winter fun!
Click Here or on the photo above to view our
full photo album of the great snowfall of 2014!
Our Favorite Things! 

Whiskers on kittens and sweet puppy kisses - these are a few of our favorite things!

Dr. Amy Plankenhorn put together this wonderful video in celebration of Valentine's Day and our love for pets.

Click Here or on the photo to watch the video. 
S.T.E.P.S. - Tools To Help You Check Your Pet's Weight  




We all know how to assess our weight, whether it's looking in the mirror, getting on the scales, or trying to fit into that favorite pair of pants. But we often forget to assess our pets' weight, which is also very important. An easy way to start is to run your hands over your pet's ribs. Can you feel them? Are the ribs and spine pronounced? Can you see a waistline? When pets gain or lose weight, it can affect their health or be an indication that something's wrong. By noticing changes early, you can help detect or prevent illness, and maintain a healthy weight for your pet.


Click Here to get links to tools that will help you keep an eye on your pet's weight.  

National Cat Health Month
In the United States, there are millions more owned cats than owned dogs, yet cats visit veterinarians less frequently than dogs. Contributing to the reluctance to bring cats in for care is the stress cats experience when they visit their veterinarian. Fortunately for you and your cat, there is less stress in visiting Animal Hospital of North Asheville than there is when visiting many other practices because AHNA is a Certified Gold Standard Cat Friendly Practice. There are only four Gold Standard Cat Friendly Practices in North Carolina, and we are proud to be one of them.

Click Here to learn why it's important that your cat visits us at least once a year.
Silver Muzzles: An Enrichment Class for Senior Dogs
(and their people)   
By: Dot Williams

I recently decided to sign up my senior dog, Pepper, for the Silver Muzzles class. I have always been a big fan of enrichment for animals of all ages, and this class, offered by Jenny White, CPDT-KA (certified trainer and owner of Dog-Ed) at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville, was promoting mental and physical enrichment for senior dogs. The class planned to include scent games, trick training, puzzle toys, low level obstacles, and bodywork to help keep a senior dog's mind and body active and happy.

To read more about this great class, see wonderful pictures, and to find out about the next Silver Muzzles series, Click Here. 
 Asheville Angel Pets Conference
Pet End-of-Life Care and Decision-Making
& Caregiver Support
This one-day conference covers many topics on pet end-of-life care to help us become more knowledgeable and comfortable with this difficult, but inevitable time in our pets' lives. We all want to lovingly care for our pets during this critical time, but we do not always know how. This conference sets out to explore these issues in an informative, lighthearted and fun way. Time will be allotted for Q&A with every presentation and an expert panel discussion is included at the end. Click Here for more information on the conference.
Dog Park Update

On February 10th, Dr. David Thompson presented an excellent power point (Click this link to view the power point) to the Asheville City Recreation Advisory Board to ask that a North Asheville Dog Park be added to the master plan for Asheville's parks inventory. Earlier, there was disagreement within Council about making a dog park for North Asheville a priority for the City to invest in, because it was not included in the master plan. Therefore, our goal is to get a dog park in the plan for North Asheville. In addition, Dr. Thompson presented the Board with the 1050 signatures that our petition for a North Asheville dog park (both from the electronic and paper versions) had as of that date. We are still collecting signatures, so if you have not signed and would like to, please Click Here to Sign. A paper version is also available at the front desk of Animal Hospital of North Asheville.

Free Dog Behavior Classes
We have two fantastic free behavior help sessions (humans only, please) for you in March. 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.


Be Brave: Helping Your Fearful Dog Gain Confidence 

March 18th, 7:00 p.m. 

Reading a Dog's Body Language - Learn a new language... DOG!

March 25th, 7:00 p.m.

Click Here for more information on these two classes.
Extremely Professional & Caring

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!
We have been so impressed with the care that our 3 pups have received from AHNA. We first came to North Asheville a few years ago for laser treatment for our elderly Labrador. We were blessed with an extra year with our precious girl, because of the treatment. When we lost our two big dogs last year, North Asheville was there for us as well. Our two new rescue dogs, Coal & Kensi, were bitten by a copperhead this summer. I called ahead to let AHNA know I was bringing them in. When I arrived, there was someone there holding the door open for us, ready to lead us to the back. From that moment on, we were at ease knowing that they would receive the best care available. Dr. Wootten and all the techs were amazing in their sincere concern for our babies and their welfare. It was so comforting to be able to stay with our pups while they received the anti-venom, fluids, and continued care the following day.

Seasonal Links 
Helpful links to help you care
Dr. Goetz & Rufus
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


ChainFree Asheville     

  • 4x4x8 wood posts 
  • Straw  

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue    


Shop their wish list by clicking here 


Asheville Humane Society

  • 55 gallon trash bags
  • Dried liver
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.