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AHNA June 2015 Newsletter 
Beware: Some Peanut Butters Can Harm Your Pet
Peanut butter has been a favorite treat for dogs for decades, but recently some brands that contain xylitol have appeared on the market. Xylitol is toxic to dogs and can even cause death. Please read the ingredient panel carefully before buying peanut butter if there is any chance your dog will get into it or someone might give it as a treat.

Click Here to read more about protecting your pet
Please Help Prevent Sales Tax on Veterinary Services! 
Please help! Contact your legislators to object to the proposed North Carolina State Senate provision of the approved 2015 budget which would add sales tax to veterinary services.

Taxing veterinary services is not a good idea for many reasons. Not only will it put stress on your budget for the care for your beloved pet, but the Senate budget does not seek to expand sales tax in a broad way to other service providers. As the bill is currently written, citizens with pets would be unfairly burdened for the benefit of other taxpayers. Click Here to read more and to access a template for a letter that you can send to your legislators.
Treats & Other Ways We Keep Your Cat Calm
Last month we wrote about the treats we give to dogs to create a positive and happy atmosphere. Since cats and dogs can't understand the benefits of coming in for veterinary care, we use treats, toys, soothing voices and gentle handling to help them think positively about coming in. For instance, by using treats, we can help them focus on getting yummy treats instead of the fact that they are having, for example, blood drawn for a test. Cats, unfortunately, are much less likely to be excited about treats than dogs are, but we still use them and make every effort to reduce stress in our feline patients. 
Click Here to learn more about how we keep your cat calm and how you can start your cat's visit off on the 'right foot' at home.
Snake Season Survival Stories 
By Drs. David and Betsy Thompson

We have had three of our own beloved dogs bitten by venomous snakes in the last two years, so we certainly understand that even the most diligent pet parent cannot totally protect their pet from the danger of poisonous snakes, at least not if you allow them to accompany you on outdoor outings. Our experiences with our own dogs may be helpful to you, so we want to share their snake bite stories with you. Poisonous snakes are prevalent in Western North Carolina, so please be aware that if your dog is bitten by one, he or she needs immediate veterinary care. Many veterinary hospitals do not stock antivenin, but here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, we keep several vials in stock. Antivenin can be life-saving when it is needed.

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Protect Your Dog from Canine Distemper
For the first time in decades, Haywood County is seeing several cases of canine distemper.

It's a virus that can affect the upper respiratory system, and also cause gastrointestinal and neurological problems. There is no cure and it can often be deadly.

Protect your dog from canine distemper by keeping his/her vaccines up to date.

Our Recommendations for Maintaining the Health of Your Adult Feline Companion
An Annual Comprehensive Wellness Exam is one of the most important things you can do for your cat. Even if your pet has had several veterinary visits during the year due to illness or other problems, please make sure to bring your cat in for his or her annual wellness exam. This comprehensive exam is a much more thorough physical and dental examination than can be done during an illness visit, and will focus on every aspect of care of your pet as a whole with recommendations outlined for keeping your pet healthy. Important parasite preventatives and other medications will be discussed and renewed, and you will also be given the latest information for preventing health problems in your pet.

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Puppy Socialization
What is Puppy Socialization?

Socialization is a very important learning process through which puppies become accustomed to being around different types of people, animals, objects and environments. Puppies have a short window between 3-16 weeks of age when they are learning how to be a part of society and form opinions on what is scary and what is safe. In the wild, these opinions can be a key to survival.

Click Here to learn more about why socialization is important and how you can socialize your puppy.  
Second Anniversary of AHNA Puppy Preschool (VIDEO!)
This month we proudly celebrated the second anniversary of our AHNA Puppy Preschool. We were excited to welcome 107 puppies and their families to our preschool during the past year. Just like our puppies, we have grown, matured and expanded what we offer in class over the past two years. We feel fortunate to have had the best puppy families join us. The patience and care they have shown to their puppy and all the other puppies have helped build a foundation of socialization that will help carry the puppies through life.

Click Here to read more, see adorable photos, and to watch a great video! 
Upcoming Pet Behavior Sessions & Classes At AHNA

(for people only)
Puppies W.I.N. (What is normal puppy behavior?)
Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00 pm

Learn a new language... DOG (Canine Body Language)
Tuesday, July 28th at 7:00 pm

Puppy Preschool - these free classes are for you & your puppy! Thursdays at AHNA! Our puppy socialization classes for puppies from 8-16 weeks of age. Puppies must fulfill requirements, be healthy, & sign up prior to class. Spaces are limited.

Please call AHNA for more information on Puppy Preschool: 253-3393 or email us at: ahnapuppypreschool@ahna.net

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(training classes for dogs and their people)

Concentration: Dog Training Class
July 18th and July 25th

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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.