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AHNA July 2015 Newsletter 
Canine Influenza ALERT!
AHNA is taking extreme precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the canine respiratory disease that the Asheville area is presently experiencing. Our number one concern is to protect our non-infected patients who need our care and are coming to the hospital for other reasons. All patients showing possible respiratory disease symptoms are being seen on an outpatient basis in a building that we normally use only for administrative offices. The building is located high up on the hill behind AHNA. Anyone with a dog who has respiratory symptoms must park up near that building so that no patient in our main parking lot will be exposed, and no dogs with respiratory disease will be on our lower hospital grounds or in our hospital. We have very careful disinfection and protection protocols in place in our administrative office - Click Here for more.

Because of the seriousness of the threat to dogs in our area, we have written several articles on Canine Influenza.

The following links will bring you to each separate article:

Information on Canine Influenza
Asheville Canine Respiratory Disease Alert
Canine Influenza Pet Owners' Guide
Canine Influenza In More Detail 
Canine Influenza FAQs
Questions, Answers, and Interim Guidelines
Q: What is canine influenza?
A: Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection of dogs that is caused by an influenza A virus. In the U.S., canine influenza has been caused by two influenza strains. The first strain reported in the United States, beginning in 2004, was an H3N8 influenza A virus. This strain is closely related to the virus that causes equine influenza, and it is thought that the equine influenza virus mutated to produce the canine strain. In 2015, an outbreak that started in Chicago was caused by a separate canine influenza virus, H3N2. The strain causing the 2015 outbreak was almost genetically identical to an H3N2 strain previously reported only in Asia - specifically, Korea, China and Thailand. In Asia. This H3N2 strain is believed to have resulted from the direct transfer of an avian influenza virus  - possibly from among viruses circulating in live bird markets - to dogs.

Click Here for more FAQs
Kitten Socialization
Socialization is a word that means the adoption of the behavior of the surrounding culture. As members of our families, it is important for our pets to feel comfortable and enjoy living with us and doing the things we do. We've written a lot about socializing puppies, but you may not realize that kittens and cats need socialization too. If you've seen shy or scared stray neighborhood cats, you have seen the result of a lack of socialization to humans. Socialization is best accomplished through exposure while your kitten is young. If an adult cat has not had a lot of positive interaction with people, it is much more difficult and takes much longer to socialize them than it does a young kitten, but the process of doing it very gradually and not pushing them to a point of anxiety or fear is the same.

Click Here to read more about positive kitten socialization.  
Heat Stroke and Pets in
Parked Cars: A Killer
Every year, pets die in cars on summer days. Sometimes it's not even that hot outside. Many times the window is cracked and the car is parked in the shade. The startling truth is that even in seemingly safe conditions the temperature inside your car can soar to life-threatening heights in just ten minutes - about the time it takes to run into the post office, coffee shop, or the pet store.

Click Here to learn more about the dangers of heat stroke. 
Choosing the Right Cat Carrier 
When deciding on modes of transportation, you look for safety, comfort, affordability and durability. The same standards apply when you are selecting transportation for your cat. Choosing the right carrier for your cat is a worthwhile investment, since a good carrier provides your cat an extra level of security and can help make travel less stressful for both you and your cat. Transporting a cat without a carrier can be dangerous for you and your cat. A loose nervous cat can climb anywhere in the car - Click Here to Read More.
Flea and Tick Control 2015
An important part of pet ownership is control of fleas and ticks. These parasites are annoying, but they also present the potential for disease transmission for dogs and cats and even people. Ticks can carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme, Ehrlichia, and more. Dogs can develop tick paralysis, which is a generalized muscle paralysis associated with a toxin in tick saliva of affected ticks. Even one attached tick that is carrying the toxin can paralyze a large dog. Fleas can transmit organisms that cause infectious anemias in cats, and Bartonella, which can affect - Click Here to read more
Congratulations to Our
TTouch Graduates!
For the past 6 weeks, AHNA hosted Jenny White, CPDA-KA of Dog-Ed along with 4 families and their canine companions for a hands-on TTouch training class. The teams of dog and humans worked together with this unique approach of teaching through mutual encouragement and respect.
 
Using a specific form of bodywork and specialized movement exercises, the TTouch Method promotes cooperation, well-being and improved behavior by reducing stress and physical tension. TTouch increases body awareness and reduces stress, while at the same time improves the - Click Here to read more.
Upcoming Pet Behavior Sessions & Classes At AHNA

FREE CLASSES:
(for people only)

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

TTouch: Free Informational Session (for people only)
Thursday, July 30th from 6-7pm at Asheville Humane Society

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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.