Please VOTE for Animal Hospital of North Asheville for Best of WNC!
We love dogs and cats! And we LOVE taking care of your pets. If you think we do a good job, then please show us some love and VOTE for Animal Hospital of North Asheville in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC Poll! Vote for us in the Pet / Veterinary Services category. Winning this award means the world to each and every one of our staff members.

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Animal Hospital of North Asheville Once Again Awarded Top Honor: AAHA Accreditation!
We are proud to announce that Animal Hospital of North Asheville has once again been awarded the American Animal Hospital Association's top honor, AAHA accreditation. Only 12-15% of animal hospitals in the United States and Canada maintain AAHA accreditation. We were the first animal hospital in Asheville to gain accreditation, and our hospital has been continuously accredited since 1979.

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How To Tell If Your Cat Is In Pain    

Cats often disguise the fact they are in pain. That may be because in the wild, cats that appear sick or injured are vulnerable to predators. Cat pain can be caused by such things as arthritis, dental problems, urinary tract infections, bone disease and cancer. Pain is also common following a surgical procedure. You are in the best position to look for the subtle changes in behavior that may indicate your cat is suffering. It's important to stay alert, because the sooner your cat's pain is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he or she can heal and resume a normal, happy life. If your cat exhibits one or more of these behaviors and you suspect it may be due to pain, notify your AAHA-accredited veterinary practice immediately.

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Paw It Forward!  
Since 1977, Animal Hospital of North Asheville has been actively involved in helping homeless and needy pets. Many of us have been working here long enough to realize the huge achievements that Asheville Humane Society has made in saving and improving the lives of needy pets, but we also realize that the need for funds is great as there is much more work to do. Team Animal Hospital of North Asheville is dedicated to supporting animals who are in need in our community. We hope you will join us in raising money to support the life-saving work the Asheville Humane Society does to help the needy pets of our own community.

Please join us in helping spread the word and raise money for this great cause. Even the smallest donation will help. Thank you for your generosity in advance.

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Two Sweet Puppies
Saved by Intestinal Surgeries

By: Dr. Amy Plankenhorn

For most families with new puppies, the biggest things to worry about are common - housetraining, feeding a good diet, keeping vaccinations current, and socialization (actually, that's as easy as signing up for AHNA's Puppy Preschool!). But two of our recent puppy patients faced even bigger problems that required emergency abdominal surgeries.

Theodore Roosevelt (TR for short) had been in his new home with his dad for just two weeks when he became ill one day. He was lethargic, wasn't eating or playing, and was having diarrhea. His dad called for an appointment and when TR arrived for his physical examination, I was very concerned. This beautiful English Cocker Spaniel puppy wasn't acting like a normal puppy. My biggest concern was that I could feel a firm object in his abdomen which was uncomfortable when I put any pressure on it.

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April is National Heartworm Month.
Is your pet protected? 
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs and cats in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog can mature into adults, mate and produce microscopic larval forms called microfilariae.

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Children and Zoonotic Disease Risk
  • Keeping your own pets healthy and parasite-free is a great way to reduce the risk of zoonotic disease. This includes scheduling regular veterinary visits, staying current on vaccines, and using effective parasite control.
  • Frequent and thorough handwashing is critically important in preventing transmission of many zoonotic organisms.
  • Petting zoos and other interactive animal habitats are valuable educational tools, but children (especially infants and children younger than 5 years) must be properly supervised to help reduce their risk for exposure to zoonotic diseases.
Zoonotic diseases are illnesses caused by organisms such as viruses and bacteria (also called pathogens) that can be transmitted between animals and humans. Direct contact with a sick animal is not always necessary for a zoonotic pathogen to be transmitted. For example, humans can be exposed to roundworms through contact with feces-contaminated soil, even if the infected animal is nowhere around.

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Upcoming Pet Help Sessions  
& Classes At AHNA

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 10th 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!

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

Kitten Socialization: Preparing and Raising a Happy Kitten

Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00 pm in the AHNA Education Room presented by Tristan Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid.

This free help session will be especially helpful for anyone who has a kitten or is thinking about adding a kitten to the family. You will learn what is age appropriate kitten behavior, how to establish good habits and how to prevent problems from developing. You will learn the importance of and how to provide a less stressful environment as well as how to provide enriching activities for your kitten and cat. You will learn the basic needs of a kitten, learn how to read body language, how to properly socialize your kitten along with how to properly introduce a new kitten to the established two and four legged members of your family.

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Saturday Training Classes

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. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Saturdays, May 21st and May 28th from 2:30-3:30pm -space still available!  
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.

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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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