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AHNA February 2015 Newsletter 
  Free Class: Dental Care of Cats And Why It Is Different
7:00 Tuesday, March 10, 2015 
Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room 
Presented by Dr. Dave Thompson

Free! No registration required

"Cats are not small dogs," is a common expression used by professors in veterinary schools to emphasize to students that cats are medically unique. Our dental talk on cats will further emphasize that cats get exotic diseases.  Many feline oral diseases are different from the oral diseases that occur in dogs and people.  The goal of veterinary dentistry for cats is extremely basic. Cats should have comfortable mouths that are not infected.    Unfortunately, the majority of cats have not reached this goal. Come to this talk to help your cat reach this goal.

Pet Travel and Car Safety
Most dogs love traveling in the car and many cats who travel frequently come to like it. Please use this check list to be sure your pet is both safe and happy while traveling.

Plan Ahead

1. If your pet is new to car travel, begin taking your pet on very short trips around town and give very small but frequent tasty treats as they enter the car and during the travel. Treats will work wonders for creating a positive experience with car travel. The use of frequent treats is not recommended for pets who experience motion sickness, however.

Click Here to read more great tips and our product recommendations to keep your pet safe!
The 7 Deadly Truths About Heartworm Disease in Cats


As the weather gets colder and people and pets spend more time indoors, many families stop their pets' heartworm prevention. "It is too cold for mosquitoes," "My pet does not go outside," and "We don't have mosquitoes where I live" are all common reasons people stop giving their pet heartworm prevention in the winter. Unfortunately, pets are susceptible to heartworms and intestinal parasites in the winter. 


Click Here to watch a video and learn why it is so important to protect your cat from heartworms year-round. 

  Safe Chews for Dogs
By: Dr. Amy Plankenhorn and Dr. Dave Thompson

Have you ever broken a tooth? If you have, you know that the sensation ranges from uncomfortable sensitivity to extremely painful. Without treatment, the exposed pulp canal of the tooth always becomes infected and an abscess forms at the root tip, which is really painful and affects your health. What you may not know is how frequently dogs break their teeth, that dogs experience the same pain and health problems from broken teeth, and how your choices of chew toys can increase the risk of your pet breaking a tooth. Click Here to learn more about which chews are safe for your dog.
Always Learning the Latest
Drs. Dave and Betsy Thompson and Dr. Warren Riggle recently attended the North American Veterinary Conference for an action packed week of nine hours of classes each day. The North American Veterinary Conference has occurred each year in January since 1984 and they have attended almost every year! Of course, they are not the only people there, not by a long shot.  It is the largest veterinary meeting in the world with thousands of veterinarians and technicians attending this year! Click Here to read more and see photos from the event. 
Congratulations to our Silver Muzzles Graduates!
Silver Muzzles is an enrichment class for senior dogs - and their people! To read more about this class, Click Here.
Valentine's Staff Appreciation Luncheon

We have a fantastic staff and we know it!  So.........on Tuesday, February 10th, AHNA honored everyone on staff with a Valentine's themed lunch served in the education room. Of course, our doctors and the members of our patient and client care teams are skilled and knowledgeable and able to provide the best care, but we wanted to show appreciation for the fact that our staff members always go above and beyond. They always do the little extra things to make patients comfortable or happy and they are always trying to provide the best experience for you, too.

 We invite you to show our staff your appreciation! Click Here to leave a comment on our blog article! 
Upcoming Pet Behavior Sessions
**All Classes are held in the Education room of Animal Hospital of North Asheville**

Learn a new language... Dog! (Canine Body Language)
Tuesday, February 24th at 7:00 pm

How to Help Your Leash Reactive Dog
Wednesday, February 25th at 7:00 pm

Dental Care of Dogs - What you probably don't know
Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:00 pm

Dental Care of Cats - Why it is different
Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 pm

The Right Way to Get Your Cat Into Their Carrier
Tuesday, March 17th at 7:00 pm

Tricks and Games Class - begins March 28th

To view ALL upcoming classes, visit our Facebook Events Page or visit our Classes and Help Sessions Page.

We also have a new Events Calendar on
our website where you can view all
upcoming events at AHNA!

  Please Review Us On Google+
If you are happy with the care and service you and your pet have received at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, we would greatly appreciate your taking a few minutes to write a review online.

We have made it easy for you to review us on Google - just Click Here for easy instructions - and thank you!
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.