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Is it hairballs or something more serious?
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Kongs Make Post-Op Care Easier
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AHNA August 2014 Newsletter 
Thank you to all of our wonderful clients who voted in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC Poll. We have once again been voted as the #1 Veterinarian in WNC thanks to your votes! It means the world to us to be recognized in our community.

Winning this award year after year makes us strive harder to be the very best and to give your pets the compassion and care they deserve. We love our clients and your pets, and it is always our hope that this love is reflected in the work we do.

We are so grateful to you, and we are honored to care for your beloved pets.  
Smiling Pups!
These happy dogs love their visits to AHNA so much that it shows on their faces! Their big smiles say it all. Click Here or on the photo below to view our entire Facebook album - and if you haven't yet liked our page, please do and enjoy the photos.
Is It Hairballs Or A Sign of Something More Serious?
Most cat owners have awakened to it. It's a sound more effective than any alarm clock: the sound of a cat throwing up a hairball. You wonder if your cat is OK, and you wonder if you're going to step in the hairball the next morning. But this is just the way things are when you live with a cat, right? For many years, both veterinarians and cat owners have believed that the intermittent vomiting of hairballs by cats was a normal, and possibly expected, activity that cats would occasionally experience as a consequence of grooming and swallowing hair - Click Here to read more.
Meet the Dental Team!   
Dr. Dave Thompson has had a strong interest in pet oral health since he and Dr. Betsy Thompson opened Animal Hospital of North Asheville in 1977. Over the years, he has spent much time studying dentistry and undergoing advanced dental training.  Due to the level of expertise he achieved, Dr. Thompson began performing all the dentistry for the practice in 2004. His capabilities and caring resulted in such a great demand for dental services from our clients and from the referral of challenging cases from other hospitals that Dr. Thompson could not keep up with the need that Asheville's pets have for expert dental care. After a three year search for a qualified candidate to join the dental team, we are thrilled that Dr. Jennifer Sim has joined us from Connecticut. She is a rare veterinarian in that she, like Dr. Thompson, not only loves pets but also loves dentistry. Determined to offer the best to her patients, Dr. Sim has been- Click Here to read more.  
Kongs Make Post-Op
     Care Easier: Video     
One of the biggest challenges for anyone having surgery is the activity restriction afterward. While people understand why they need to limit activity, dogs and cats don't. Once they feel better, many cats and dogs are ready to resume play before they should return to normal activity. Puzzle toys are a great activity for cats and dogs to use during daily life, but they can be a lifesaver during times when activity is limited. Puzzle toys and food dispensing toys can help entertain pets and beat boredom by stimulating the dog's or cat's brain. Brain activity doesn't replace physical activity, but it can actually wear pets out! Click Here to learn more and to watch the video!
Your Pet's Diet    
Feeding your pet a healthy, nutritious diet is essential to their good health, and yet there is so much to think about! Treats, how much and how often to feed, food allergies... it can all be overwhelming especially when you want to do the best for your pet.

We've put together this page of food topics for you to help you to make the best decisions concerning your pet's diet. 
Rocket Recalls

Saturdays, Sept. 6th- Sept.27th at 4p.m.
Cost: $65
Taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed

Teach your dog to come whenever and wherever reliably!
Teaching your dog to come when called enthusiastically and immediately is an important skill every dog should learn. It might end up saving his or her life! Not only does a speedy recall allow your dog more fun and freedom, it gives you peace of mind that your dog will return when asked. In this 4-week class, you will learn ways to build focus and a variety of techniques to teach a reliable recall - Click Here to learn more!  
Free Pet Behavior Sessions

Clicker Training for Your Cat or Dog
AHNA Education Room - August 26th at 7pm - free

Interested in learning more about clicker training for your dog or cat?  Why do people use these small gadgets and when? How does a little noise help train an animal? Join Dog-Ed on Tuesday, August 26th from 7-8 pm to learn clicker basics as well as play a few fun games.

Click Here for more information.
Doggie Dip
Mark your calendars for the 1st Annual Doggie Dip at Recreation Park Pool!
65 Gashes Creek, Asheville, NC - Saturday, September 6th
Bring your dogs for fun in the sun and some swim time.
  • 12-1pm: Dogs 20lbs or less
  • 1:30-3pm: Dogs 21-50lbs...
  • 3:30-5pm: Dogs 51lbs and up
Early Registration $5 per pooch & parent, $10 day of event, spectators $1

Must bring proof of current vaccinations & spayed/neutered

Visit www.Ashevillenc.gov/parks to register or for more information

Questions? Call 828-259-5800

Brought to you by Asheville Parks and Recreation and the Asheville Humane Society.
An Exemplary Job
I just had to e-mail you re: Dr. Matthew Goetz. My husband and I moved to Asheville last July and we have three wonderful rescued dogs. One is pretty old. We had heard your practice was really good and one of the DVM summary's I read on your web site just clicked with me. I went into your practice to have a look, and was told that particular vet was leaving. Kalon, who is a delight, handed me the profile of a new Vet who was joining your practice, Dr. Goetz. I loved what the summary said about he and his wife and his picture had this big smile and I thought he seemed like a nice and very personable guy. Kalon told me he was her vet and how friendly he was and how much she liked and trusted him. So I made an appointment. Long story short, Dr. Goetz not only examined all our doggies, but ended up doing surgery on our older dog to remove seven mast cell growths on his body. He did an EXEMPLARY job - Click Here to read the entire testimonial
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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.  

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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.