Keeping Up-To-Date at the North American Veterinary Conference

By Dr. Dave Thompson

Dr. Betsy Thompson, Dr. Jim Earley and I recently attended the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) in Orlando, FL, which is a learning experience for veterinarians that has no equal. The NAVC has occurred each year in January since 1984, and Betsy and I have attended almost every year. We were delighted to have Jim with us this year. The purpose of this article is to give you a little insight into this exciting learning opportunity that also gives us the chance to examine and learn about the latest equipment.

Click Here to read more about this great conference! 
Keep Your Cat Safe from Feline Leukemia Virus Infection  
By Dr. Amy Plankenhorn

Feline leukemia virus (FELV) was recognized as a serious infectious disease of cats in the late 1960s, and by the 1970s blood testing for the disease was widely available. Until fairly recently, FELV-related tumors were the most common cancers in cats. Fortunately, the development of safe and effective vaccines for FELV has reduced the frequency and risk for the disease in our domestic cat population. The bad news is that there are plenty of unvaccinated outdoor cats who are still spreading and carrying this incurable disease. Click Here to learn more.
Plan Ahead to Help Your Pet: Time Change on Sunday, March 13

It's about that time of year again when the "big time change" happens. Daylight Savings Time is usually accompanied with a cheer or a groan. No matter if you look forward to more sunlight in the morning or being able to enjoy the natural light a little longer after work, adjusting your clocks means a change to your daily routine. It not only affects people but it can cause stress and confusion in pets too.  

Do you have a dog or cat that can tell you when meal time is to the minute? Does your dog wake you up every day at the same time to go out to eliminate? Does your cat know when it is treat time?

Click Here to learn how to help your pet adjust.
A New Addition to Dr Earley's Family 

Our own Dr. Jim Earley and his wife, Georgia, are happy to announce an addition to their family-and not a four-legged one. Obie is a border collie from West Virginia who suffered severe damage to his right rear leg when he got caught in a leg-hold trap. The leg was so badly damaged and infected that it required amputation. Poor Obie suffered terribly before he was found, but he is now all set for a wonderful life as the beloved three-legged member of the Earley family.

Click Here to get to know sweet Obie!
Be Careful When Purchasing
Raw Hide Chews

It is important to be very careful about buying rawhide chews because some are toxic to pets. The safest policy is to buy rawhide chews that are made in the US from hides originating in the US, but you must be very careful in your selection in order to know where they actually come from. Very few companies make them from the hides of cattle that lived in the United States. You may see a bag of chews in the store with a red, white and blue top with US flags or stars on the package, but if you look closely you will see that although they are distributed by a US company, they may actually be made in or originate from another country. At AHNA, we sell Wholesome Hides rawhide chews that are manufactured entirely in the United States from the hides of cattle that lived in the United States. We have sold one pound bags of Wholesome Hides for years, and when we were getting ready to publish this article, we determined that our price is actually lower than any of the online companies in the article. So please know we have Wholesome Hides rawhide chews at a great price if you want to buy them locally. We normally do not sell over the counter products, but carry these because we want to be sure that our patients have access to these US products.

 Click Here to read more.
Congratulations To Our Graduates!

Congratulations to all the families who joined January's Training session "Mother May I? The first step to a courteous canine is self control!" This 4 week training class was taught by Jenny White CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed.

This class was for families with dogs whose impulse control could use some polishing. They  learned many skills including: how to teach their dog to greet people politely, "wait", and "leave". The families also gained the knowledge of how to use their body language to influence their dog's behavior.

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Pets We LOVE - Our Valentine's Album
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album of our favorite Valentines - your pets!
Upcoming Pet Help Sessions  
& Classes At AHNA


Feline and Canine Oral Health: What You Probably Did Not Know.

Tuesday, March 8th at 7:00 pm in the AHNA Education Room
presented by Dr. Dave Thompson.

Did you know that by 3 years of age:

80% of Dogs have Periodontal Disease

70% of Cats have Periodontal Disease

It is new thinking for many people, but proper dental care will keep your pet more comfortable, lengthen life and prevent bad breath. It is never too early or too late to start caring for your pet's teeth! Come see live demonstrations and learn how to care for your pet's teeth at home. We can help make it easy and fun!

How to Help Your Leash Reactive Dog
Tuesday, March 15th at 7:00 pm in the AHNA Education Room. This FREE Help Session is being presented by Tristan Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid and is for people only.

Does your dog growl, bark, lunge, and just get all into a tizzy when he or she sees other dogs or people while on a leash? If so, this class is for you. At this free, people-only behavior help session, you will learn canine body language so that you can better know what to expect at each encounter. You will also learn what steps you can take to prevent your dog from going into this state of mind, and you will learn lots more!

Don't Leave Me! How to Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm in the AHNA Education Room. This FREE Help Session is being presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed for this free Behavior Help Session to learn how to teach your dog to relax when you leave the house.

Does your dog destroy items and eliminate when you leave the house? Howl for hours the moment you step out the door to go to work? Become anxious at just the sight of you picking up your purse?

Click Here to see all of our March classes and choose the one you are interested in.


Saturday Training Classes

Concentration: Learn how to achieve focus, despite distractions

Our next training class by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed will be held on the following two Saturdays, 3/26/16 and 4/2/16

Learn how to achieve focus by your dog, despite distractions. New environments, people, and other dogs can be challenging and stimulating for your dog. In this two session class, you will learn how to build focus and shift your dog's attention from distractions back to you. This "Concentration" class is a prerequisite for the other classes in the Training Games Series.

Click Here to see all of our March classes and choose the one you are interested in.  

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Mission Statement:
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.
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