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Gratitude and News
A New Way For You to Benefit from Our Website
Video: Yorkie Puppy Playtime!
A Day In the Life of a Surgery Patient
Why Does My Dog Do It Perfectly At Home
Clever Client Idea: Wall-Mounted Cat Perches
Free Dog Behavior Classes
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AHNA March 2014 Newsletter 
Gratitude and News!
Thank you to our wonderful clients who have showered us with praise for our recent award of Practice of the Year. All the notes, goodies and thanks that we have received from you mean much more than the award. We feel genuinely honored that you entrust the veterinary care of your wonderful pets to us. There is no greater reward than serving you and your pet family members.

It's been an exciting time at AHNA! We were recently featured in the Asheville Citizen Times and on WLOS for winning 2014 National Practice of the Year.

Introducing A New Way For You To Benefit From Our Website   
We have a new area on our website called 'Information By Topic' pages. You may find this new area by visiting our website, hovering over the 'Resources' button on the main menu, and then clicking on 'Information By Topic.' These pages are designed to put crucial information at your fingertips - and all in one place. For instance, if you have a question concerning your pet's dental health, all you have to do is visit our Dental Information Page.

It is our intention to add one new page a month, so please visit this area regularly for new information.    

Looking for something not listed on our new Information By Topic page? Simply use the search box in the left-hand margin on our website to search our entire site for what you're looking for.   


To find additional articles not written by AHNA staff members, select 'Resources' from our website menu, then click on 'Pet Health Articles' and then enter your term in the search box at the top of the page. Your search will bring up many helpful Lifelearn articles.

Video: Yorkie Puppy Playtime! 
What's better than 1 Yorkie puppy? 3 Yorkie puppies! Everyone at Animal Hospital of North Asheville found Izzaboo, Charlie, and Meeko completely irresistible. 
  Click Here or on the photo above to watch the antics of the puppies!  
A Day In The Life
Of A Surgery Patient 
A Client's View: My Golden Retriever, Beau, who is
Beau's Elvis Impression!
12 years old, has always had ear issues. Even when he was a little puppy and we lived in New Orleans, we seemed to always be treating him for one ear malady or another. So when I noticed him scratching his ear more than usual and even rubbing his ear against the carpet, I wasn't surprised. However, I was surprised when I inspected his ear. It was huge!

There was a big pocket in his ear that seemed to be full of liquid. The swollen area was slightly warm to the touch. Beau has typical Golden ears in that they are floppy and very furry so it wasn't until I touched and held his ear that I realized the extent of the problem. I immediately called Animal Hospital of North Asheville for an appointment.

Click Here to read about Beau's Surgery from both the client's and the staff's point of view (and to find out why Beau does an impression of Elvis!).  
S.T.E.P.S. - Why Does My Dog Do It Perfectly At Home? 
Here is a fun and informative article by Suzanne Clothier reminding puppy parents that when training your dog you need to be sure to practice the commands in different areas and situations. Dogs can learn a command and do it perfectly at home, but when they are somewhere else, they may look at you like they have never heard the command before.
Read on to see why....
Clever Client Idea: Wall-Mounted Cat Perches
We are continually amazed at what our clients do to enrich the lives of their pets!
Tom Hand built these cat perches for his three cats, Puddles (age 16), Cadeau (15), and Tadpole (14). The cats love their new perches and Tom says that he has noticed that the cats are more active since he built the perches, which is important as elderly cats tend to become sedentary as they age.
Puddles and Tadpole enjoy the perches the most as they fall into the category of 'tree dwelling' cats - cats who prefer to be up high - whereas Cadeau is more of a 'bush dweller' who prefers to be under the bed and close to the ground. (Although Cadeau can be persuaded to hop onto a perch with wet food!)

Click Here to see photos of the cats on their perches and to read more!
Free Dog Behavior Classes

We have two fantastic free behavior help sessions for you in April. These sessions are free of charge and no registration is required. 


These help session are for people only, so please leave your dog at home. Our goal is to teach you what you need to know to help your dog. These Help Sessions are free to the public on a first come, first seated basis. Please be aware that Animal Hospital of North Asheville will be seeing patients while the Help Session is in progress, so some of our parking will be reserved for the families of patients needing care. Thank you for understanding.


Leash Aggression

April 15th, 7:00 p.m.

DOG Body Language Part II!

April 22nd, 7:00 p.m.

Click Here for more information on these two classes.
Thank You For All You Do

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!


Thank you for all you do - and have done - for our many  pets throughout the years! Dr. Riggle, we LOVE you, your inherent goodness, and your thoughtful care throughout the years! Dr. Thompson, you founded a solid veterinary practice back in the Stone Age (and we were there, so I can say that!) that has stood the test of time, and for all the right reasons. Dr. Plankenhorn, your kind and knowledgeable care is easing the later years for our very old cat! Dr. Earley, we miss you! We can't say enough good things about your wonderful staff and all of your veterinarians - day in and day out, you are there for all of us. Cathy and Lynne, what would we do without your kind hearts and smiling faces?! Many, many thanks again! 


- Lyn Leslie


Click Here to read all of our 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


Brother Wolf Animal Rescue    


Shop their wish list by clicking here  


Asheville Humane Society

  • Latex exam gloves 
  • Dish soap 

ChainFree Asheville

  • Plastic dog houses
  • Straw
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.