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Vote for AHNA
Cat Visits Are Special at AHNA
Information By Topic: Pests
Carla's Cat Condo
Pets and Technology
Paws on Parade
Video: Facts About Heartworm Season
Flea and Tick Season
The Final Farewell
Dog Behavior Sessions
Seasonal Links
Animal Welfare Community Calendar


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AHNA April 2014 Newsletter 
Please Vote for AHNA!

Thank you to our wonderful clients who have voted for us as 'Best Veterinarian in WNC' year after year. Winning this award means the world to our staff because we do our very best to treat every pet with not only the best technology and medicine available, but also with love and compassion. Our entire team, from the client care representatives who greet you at the front desk, to the technician and nursing staff members, to the veterinarians themselves, all care deeply that you and your pet have the best possible experience at our hospital.

This year the category has changed slightly. Please vote for us in the 'Veterinary Services' category. Here's the link to vote: http://mountainx.com/bestofwnc/ 

When you vote for Animal Hospital of North Asheville, you're voting for each member of our amazing staff - and we all thank you!  
S.T.E.P.S. - Cat Visits Are Special At AHNA! 

We love our feline friends and strive to make their visits as comforting as possible.  Many of our cats are homebodies that prefer to be relaxing in the sun near the people they love rather than traveling to an unfamiliar place. For that reason, we know it is very important to work together with you to make your cat's visits to our hospital a good experience for your cat. During your visits, please speak up and tell what your cat likes and doesn't like. We need to know! Also, please feel free to bring to exams special foods, blankets or toys that comfort your cat. We understand that some cats are easily stressed, and have designed our cat friendly visits to help decrease anxiety.


What is so special about our cat visits? We are glad you asked. It is the small details that can change a fearful visit to a good one. Click Here to learn more. 

Information by Topic: Pests!
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.

It is our intention to add one new page a month, so please visit this area regularly for new information. This month, we have added a page on Fleas, Ticks, Heartworms and Other Pests. On this page, you will find lots of helpful information on treating your pet, as well as information about the offending pests and how they affect the health and well-being of your pet. 
Carla's Cat Condo! 
By: Carla Horstmann
I knew that when I finally bought my own home I would want to give my feline friends the opportunity to safely enjoy the great outdoors. In the spring of 2005, I found my little house. During the remodeling I kept my four legged critters in mind, both felines and canines.
Everyone knows that dogs love those little "vienna sausages" that wonderful kitties so carefully leave in litter boxes, and even though the cats are very diligent in their efforts to hide them, our canine friends will find them every time! With that in mind, we created - Click Here for more!  
Pets and Technology 
By: Dr. Matthew Goetz
I share my house with seven cats, two dogs and a Guinea Pig, and I love them all dearly, so I am always searching for more ways to keep in touch with them and more ways to enhance their lives. Today it seems like everything from door locks to our cars can integrate with our smart phone, tablets and computers. Now you can even use technology to interact with your pets! Click Here to learn more.  
AHNA Sponsors Paws on Parade 

Paws on a Mission is calling all dogs, dog lovers, families and friends to the annual Paws on Parade Walk-A-Thon on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Carrier Park on Amboy Road in West Asheville.


Hosted by Mission Foundation, and sponsored by Animal Hospital of North Asheville, dogs and their people will be raising funds for the Paws on a Mission Pet Therapy Program at Mission Health - Click Here to learn more.  

Video: The Facts About Heartworm Season  
  Click Here or on the photo above to watch a video from the American Heartworm Society.  
Flea and Tick Season: Prevention Made Simple 
Fleas and ticks are on the prowl again!  Please be sure to protect your pets.  One flea can lay 30-50 eggs per day, leading to rapid infestation of the environment.  It's easier to prevent fleas than get rid of them, so, make sure that ALL of the pets in the environment are being treated with an effective flea product. Ticks are harder to prevent, since they reproduce outdoors and more slowly than fleas, but excellent products are available to kill adult ticks on your pet - Click Here to learn how to protect your pet! 
The Final Farewell:
Euthanasia at AHNA
Any pet lover knows that the joys and pleasures of living with an animal companion cannot be measured.  Unfortunately, we also know that our animals live shorter lives than we do, and that ultimately we will be faced with their loss.  Parting with a beloved pet is a very difficult time for the family, so this article is written in hopes that this information will help answer some questions that you might have and in that way, make it slightly easier for you. Click Here to read on.
Dog Behavior Sessions
Puppies W.I.N. will be given by Tristan Rehner on May 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the AHNA Education Room. This is a special help session for people with puppies under 5 months of age.

WOOF! Help, I can't Stop Barking! in the AHNA Education Room on May 27th at 7pm. Do you need some peace and quiet? Have neighbors complained and you now have Animal Services at your door?


TRICKS AND GAMES! Fun for you and your dog!
Tricks? Why would you want to teach your dog to "bow" or "back up"? So many reasons! Class begins June 7th. 


Click Here to get more information on the 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!


Emily, our six-year-old Brittany, had to have surgery to remove a suspicious tumor. Dr. Plankenhorn told me I could come sit with her after she woke up. I was so thankful to be able to be with her and hold her until she was ready to go home. While I sat with Emily in the glass enclosure I could see everything the doctors and the techs were doing with the pets. I was so pleased, though not surprised, to see how kind, loving and gentle everyone was with the animals. While I sat with Emily, Dr. Betsy Thompson stopped by. She said how much it benefits the animals to have a parent with them in the recovery room. I told her I wasn't sure who benefited the most, Emily or me :)

Click Here to read the entire Cody Family Testimonial
Seasonal Links 
Helpful links to help you care for your pets! 
Tuza & Dr. Goetz

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
  • Welded wire fencing
  • Metal t-posts

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue    


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Asheville Humane Society   

  • Bath towels
  • Crate mats
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.