How To Tell If Your Dog Is In Pain

Dogs feel pain for many of the same reasons as humans: infections, dental problems, arthritis, bone disease and cancer. They also feel discomfort following surgical procedures.

Unfortunately, unlike humans, they are unable to speak to us about when and where they hurt.

You are in the best position to look for the subtle changes in behavior that may indicate your pet is suffering. It's important to stay alert to these signs, because the sooner your dog's pain is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he or she can heal and resume a normal, happy life.

Click Here to learn how to spot the warning signs of pain. 
Dr. Duncan & Dr. Wootten Attend Western Veterinary Conference 

The phrase "Never stop learning" is important in veterinary medicine. Throughout the year all of our staff members participate in continuing education, whether it be online, attending national conferences, seminars at universities, lunch and learns or presentations from visiting experts. Each of our veterinarians attend national veterinary conferences which offer classes by the most highly regarded speakers in their respective fields.

This year Dr. Wootten and Dr. Duncan attended the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) 2016 in Las Vegas during the week of March 6-11th.

Click Here to learn more.
Exciting News! Join us for our Feline Behavior Help Series.   

Do you ever wonder why your cats behave the way they do? Do you have feuding felines in your family? Are you thinking about adding another cat or kitten to the household? Have you ever wondered if you could be doing more to offer an enriched life for your cat? We have exciting news for you!

Animal Hospital of North Asheville has partnered with certified trainer Tristin Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid to offer a series of FREE Behavior Help Sessions dedicated to our feline friends.

Click Here to read more about our Feline Behavior Help Series.
Celebrating Women's History Month   

March is Women's History Month and we want to honor all women, especially in the veterinary medicine field (past and present). We celebrate and thank all women who have served in the veterinary field for your compassion, attention to detail, and dedication to the health and well-being of animals.

It's Time to Prevent Ticks and Fleas 

Spring is here and it is time to take steps to prevent fleas and ticks. We saw fleas and ticks through the winter, but their numbers significantly increase in the spring. It is important to start your pet on tick prevention now. We have a detailed article on the products listed below, which you can reference by clicking the links at the end of this article. 

Click Here for a very simple write up on how to prevent fleas and ticks.
Our Veterinarians and Our Patient Care Team Attend Seminar on Pain Prevention
Our veterinarians and the AHNA Patient Care Team (approximately 40 of us) were fortunate to participate in a three hour seminar on Wednesday, March 16 on Preventing Pain in our patients presented in our Education Room at AHNA by Mark E. Epstein, DVM, DABVP, CVPP. Dr. Epstein was well-qualified to present on this topic as he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP, Canine/Feline Practice) and is a past-president of that organization. He is certified by the American Academy of Pain Management, and a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and is a also a past-president of IVAPM.

Click Here to read more.
How Much Do You Know
About Fleas And Ticks

Test your knowledge of fleas and ticks with this true-or-false quiz.

  1. Cats and dogs become infested with the same type of fleas.
  2. While on a host, fleas feed three times a day.
  3. Left undisturbed, the female flea can survive on a host and continue reproducing for three to four days.
  4. If removed from her host, the female flea will hibernate until the next host comes along.
  5. Fleas fly from host to host.

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Puppy Teeth

Your pet's doctor will examine the teeth at each visit. We urge you to examine the mouth and teeth at least monthly because important things are happening in the mouth this first year. Look for chipped, broken, movable, discolored, extra teeth, missing teeth, unusual gum tissue and for foreign objects stuck between teeth.

Click Here to learn more about puppy teeth.
Congratulations to the
Red Rover Graduates!

Congratulations to all the families who joined February's Saturday Training class, "Red Rover: Teach Your Dog to Come Whenever and Wherever Reliably!" This four week training class was taught by Jenny White CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed.

This class was for families who wanted to learn to teach their dog to come immediately with enthusiasm when called. This is an important skill every dog should have, and it might end up saving his or her life!

In this class, the families learned ways to build their dog's focus and a variety of techniques to teach a reliable recall, even around distractions. Way to go Emily, Sisa, Mary, Rachel, Beth, Harper, Tammy and Ande!
Upcoming Pet Help Sessions  
& Classes At AHNA

FREE CLASSES - Free Classes are for people only. Please leave your pet at home.

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

Tuesday, April 12th 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 Shy or Fearful Cat 
Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 pm in the AHNA Education Room. This free Behavior Help Session is being presented by Tristan Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid.

Does your cat disappear when company comes over, hide when the carrier comes out or become timid or fearful around family?

Join us at this Free Behavior Help Session and learn how to read your cat's body language so you can identify your cat's fear triggers. Whether your cat is just shy, has other specific fears or is generally timid, this free help session will help you identify the signs of anxiety in your cat earlier and teach you ways to help. You will also learn how to decrease stress in your cat's environment, how to prevent fear from becoming aggression, and some fundamental techniques to help your "wallflower" cat become more social.

Woof! I can't stop barking!

Tuesday, April 26th at 7:00pm in the AHNA Education Room. Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed

Do you need some peace and quiet? Have neighbors ever complained or have Animal Control been at your door? Do you feel like you've tried everything and nothing has worked? This session is for you. Learn the different reasons that dogs may bark excessively, how to assess what is motivating your dog's vocalization, and what training techniques will work best for your dog's type of barking.


Saturday Training Classes

Follow Me! Enjoy Walks With Your Dog Again 
Classes: Saturdays, April 9th - May 7th from 4-5 pm - no class April 16th. This class is taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed.

Does it feel like your dog is taking you for a walk instead of the other way around? Does it seem like you are invisible to your dog the moment you hit the sidewalk or trail? If so, this class is for you! This specialized 4-week class teaches you techniques to become proficient at loose leash walking with your dog and increase his or her attention around distractions. This class will strengthen your mechanical and motivational skills so future walks will be more pleasurable. First class is without dogs, for handlers only.

Concentration: Learn how to achieve focus, despite distractions 

Classes: Saturdays, April 23rd and April 30th from 2:30 - 3:30pm in the AHNA Education Room.

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 April classes and choose the one you are interested in.  

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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.

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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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