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Join us in welcoming two new veterinarians
Parked Car Reaches 117 degrees
Understanding Quality of Life in Companion Animals
Misha Can Read
Pet Toxins
Alternatives to Aversive Methods
Dog Behavior Sessions
Tricks and Games
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AHNA July 2014 Newsletter 
Join Us in Welcoming
Two New Veterinarians!
Animal Hospital of North Asheville has great news! Dr. Jennifer Sim, who has been undergoing advanced training in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery since 2006, has joined our team. While we are thankful that Dr. Sim will be able to provide additional and much needed appointments for dentistry and oral surgery, there is even better news!
Read more about Dr. Sim here.

After reviewing hundreds of applications and interviewing many candidates, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Amy Parker to Animal Hospital of North Asheville.  In addition to her academic success and vast experience, Dr. Parker stood out from the other candidates - Learn more about Dr. Parker here.

While we are happy to add new veterinarians to the practice, we are sad to have to say goodbye to Dr. Caroline Kiss. Dr. Kiss joined AHNA in 2012 to do general dentistry, but switched over to outpatient medicine last June.  She has enjoyed her time at AHNA, but has decided to move closer to her family out west. We will miss her, and wish her the best!
Parked Car Reaches 117 degrees in 30 Minutes!
Leaving Pets in Parked Cars is Dangerous.   
A veterinarian stays in a parked car on a summer day to prove how dangerous it is to leave a pet inside a car. The car reaches 117 degrees within 30 minutes with all four windows opened 1 to 2 inches. This is extremely dangerous as dogs and cats don't perspire the same way humans do. Click Here or on the photo below to watch this eye-opening video.
Don't leave me in the car!
Understanding Quality of Life in Companion Animals
By: Beth Marchitelli, DVM

Beth Marchitelli, DVM is a veterinarian with 4 Paws Farewell which provides home hospice and home euthanasia for pets. Our veterinarians work closely with 4 Paws Farewell when clients desire home visits concerning end of life issues.  More information about the services of 4 Paws Farewell can found here. Of course, Animal Hospital of North Asheville  continues to provide hospice and euthanasia  care here at the hospital. You can read more about our Bereavement Room and the care we offer by clicking here.

Truly understanding quality of life in our animal companions is an especially difficult task due to their inability to verbally communicate with us. I am sure we have all wished our companions could verbalize what they were experiencing whether this was related to understanding which toys they would prefer or whether or not they are in pain - Click Here to learn more.
Misha Can Read!   
AHNA may need to start sending out these newsletters addressed to the pets! We just found out that one of our patients can actually read! It is truly amazing. Click Here or on the picture below to watch the video.
Pet Toxins   
There are unexpected things in our daily environment that are toxic, even life-threatening to our pets. Many common foods, plants, and even the items we carry in our purse or pockets can be harmful to your pet.

Please click here and take advantage of all the articles on our site that educate you on how to protect your pets!
S.T.E.P.S. - Alternatives to
Choke Chains, Prong Collars,
& Other Aversive Methods  
By: Evelyn Albine Konopik, RVT 
Veterinary medicine has evolved over the years in many ways, but one of the most important changes is that pain management has become a staple in veterinary medicine. It is important to pet parents and veterinary staff alike that our furry friends experience as little pain as possible during medical procedures and in their day-to-day lives. When it comes to dog training and behavior modification, however, this effort often goes out the window. Aversive methods causing discomfort and pain to our pets, such as choke chains, pinch collars, and shock collars, are still commonly used for behavior management and/or confinement, even though positive training methods have been used and promoted over the past three to four decades, and are proven to lead to better results - Click Here to learn more.  
Dog Behavior Sessions
Safe and Effective Puppy Socialization
AHNA Education Room - July 22nd at 7pm 

Young puppies have a very special time period from the age of three to sixteen weeks during which their experiences form lasting social behaviors. During this important period, it is critical for puppies to have many positive experiences with new people, sights, smells and sounds. These positive experiences will help your dog to be more comfortable and relaxed in many new situations later in life.

Learn Your Canine ABC's - A class on living and learning with your dog
AHNA Education Room - July 29th at 7pm

Would you like to develop a better understanding of your dog's behavior? Learn how to clearly communicate with them? In this free help session, you will discover how dogs learn, how to provide appropriate outlets for natural behaviors to keep your dog behaviorally healthy, and prevent problem behaviors from developing. Learn how to read your dog's body language for clues that tell you if he is relaxed, stressed, aggressive or afraid.


Click Here to get more information on the classes
Tricks & Games
Animal Hospital of North Asheville was proud to host Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed's most recent training class "Tricks andGames." This four week class was held in the AHNA Education Room. Each Saturday the canine students and their families learned new tricks and games to play.
Learning tricks and games is a fun way to strengthen the relationship between the dogs and their families, increase the dog's mental stimulation, and is a fun activity for the whole family. The increased stimulation also helps curb - Click Here to read more!
I was really impressed
I brought my dog, Olive Oil, to Animal Hospital of North Asheville and it was a wonderful experience - as good, or better care than what I would expect for my own child, if I had children.

Dr. Thompson went above and beyond what a medical doctor for people would do. He called to check on Olive Oil multiple times and was very concerned about how she was recovering. I was really impressed.

Click Here to read the entire testimonial.  
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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.