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Big Change for Tramadol
Relaxed Cats
Puppy and Kitten Teeth and Their Care
What is the best food bowl for my pet?
Tricks & Games Oct. Class
S.T.E.P.S. - No-Pull Harness
Pet Behavior Sessions
Silver Muzzles Graduates
Helpful Links
Animal Welfare Community Calendar


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AHNA September 2014 Newsletter 
Big Change for Tramadol
If your dog is one of our many patients who take Tramadol for pain control, please read this important information! The US Drug Enforcement Administration has designated Tramadol as a Schedule IV controlled substance as of August 18th, 2014. Although Tramadol is not a narcotic, it produces many of the same effects and has been identified as a drug that carries the potential for drug abuse. Many of our canine patients take this drug, often along with an NSAID, to treat pain. This reclassification does not change anything for you or your pet. It is still available to our patients just as it has been, but now that it has been reclassified, Click Here to learn more.
Relaxed Cats!
These kitties know that the best place to chill is at Animal Hospital of North Asheville! 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.
Puppy and Kitten Teeth
and Their Care  
Puppies and kittens arrive as adorable, new little family members that we are eager to show off, and it is exciting to purchase that new collar, ID tag, leash, litter box, bed, toys and the very best food. Soon you realize that BLAH training is necessary (Brushing teeth, Leash And House training). If you start these early, your task is easier-and brushing teeth is most important because it will immediately contribute to a long, comfortable life for your dear little pet. Unbeknownst to most people, the most common disease in dogs and cats is gingivitis and periodontal disease, and no pet is spared unless home dental care is performed. When a new pet joins a family, it is easy to be excited and eager to provide "the best" for the new member of the family, but it is also easy to overlook the importance of introducing tooth brushing and doing proper training so the pet actually learns to enjoy and look forward to tooth brushing. Click Here to learn more. 
What is the Best Food
      Bowl for My Pet?       
If you've ever been to the pet section of your local store, then you know that there are many different kinds of food bowls available for your pet. Some are stylish, while others are plain, but a bowl is a bowl, right? Wrong!

Click Here to learn why plastic bowls are bad for your pet's health, and the best kind of food bowl for your pet.
  Tricks & Games: October Class 
Jenny White, Certified Professional Dog Trainer of Dog-Ed, will start a series of training classes titled Tricks and Games October 4th in the AHNA Education Room.  The Tricks and Games Class is held on Saturdays from Oct 4th- Oct 25th at 4pm. Cost $65

Tricks? Why would you want to teach your dog to "bow" or "back up"? There are so many reasons! Teaching your dog tricks will increase your dog's mental stimulation, sharpen your training skills, strengthen your relationship and communication skills with each other, and gives your dog something fun to do instead of the unwanted behavior. In this play-filled 4-week class, you will learn how to teach your dog to spin, nose and mat targeting, bow, beg, crawl, back up, scent games, tug, agility activities, and more. Click Here to learn more and to register!
S.T.E.P.S. - No-Pull Harness
Now Available 
We are excited to have a new product available at Animal Hospital of North Asheville for those who need either more control or less pulling (or both) when walking their dog. We now offer the Freedom No Pull  Harness which is not a head halter  but looks much like a traditional dog harness. While head halters work well for many dogs and the people walking them, some dogs fight wearing them. We are happy to have found the Freedom No Pull Harness which dogs find comfortable, is difficult to slip out of, and best of all, it is easy to learn to put on. Click Here to learn more.  
Free Pet Behavior Sessions
Don't Leave Me! How to help your dog with separation anxiety.
AHNA Education Room - September 16th at 7pm

Dog Play: Learn what dogs are saying to one another when playing
AHNA Education Room - September 23rd at 7pm

These Help Sessions are for people only, so please leave your pets at home. Our goal is to teach you what you need to know to help your cat or dog. These Help Sessions are free to the public on a first come, first seated basis.

For more information on these classes, Click Here.
Silver Muzzles Graduates
The Animal Hospital of North Asheville was proud to host Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-ed for Silver Muzzles: An enrichment class for senior dogs and their families. Graduation was Aug 30th. Look at all the happy seniors! Way to go Ralph, Sadie, Sam, Sunshine and their families!
Helpful Links 
  Helpful links to help you care for your pets! 

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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.  
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Asheville Humane Society     

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Brother Wolf Animal Rescue


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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.