Thank You for Voting Us #1 Again

We so greatly appreciate your votes in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC poll!  Once again we have been voted the #1 Veterinarian in WNC! It means a great deal to all of us to be recognized for the work we do. Thank you!

Although we have won this award many times, we do not take your vote for granted. We are constantly trying our best to improve the quality of care that we provide. Over the past several years, we are proud to be leaders in the fear-free veterinary care movement that is taking place. Being totally fear-free is a lofty goal and not attainable for every single pet, but we have learned more and more about how to reduce stress in our patients. Click Here to read more. 

Kali: An Incredibly Lucky Dog
By: Dr. Amy Plankenhorn

Meet Kali - a very lucky dog!

Kali is a beautiful, intelligent and loyal 7 year-old girl who might just be the luckiest dog I know. I first met Kali when she was adopted from the Asheville Humane Society as a puppy, and her family absolutely adores her. Kali and her family love to travel and go on outdoor adventures, so she goes along on all of the camping, hiking and canoeing trips that they take. I always love to hear about their trips, and all of the places they have seen and gone. But this summer's adventure took a scary turn when she slipped and fell into a waterfall!

Click here for the rest of this amazing, harrowing story.
Another way to send a Smile
(and help your favorite local charities) 

Did you know if you have an Amazon account that you can support your favorite charity every time you shop at Amazon with no cost to you? It is a great way to help local charities in Asheville. It includes some of our favorite organizations!

Click Here to learn more.
Welcome Back Dr. Garner! 

We are thrilled to welcome Kasandra Garner back to Animal Hospital of North Asheville! Dr. Garner is well known to many of us at AHNA because she worked here as a compassionate member of our Patient Care Team in the late 1990's before she attended veterinary school. We feel very fortunate to have her back now as a veterinarian who is very well qualified to provide the best of care to our patients.

Dr. Garner's earliest memories are of dogs and cats. Her first best friends were a tabby cat named Lisa and an Irish Setter named Tawny. She spent her childhood reading all of the classic dog and cat books, and when a librarian in fourth grade recommended the novels of James Herriot, she knew she had to become a veterinarian. She graduated Cum Laude from UNC-Asheville in 1994 and taught school for four years before applying to veterinary school.

Click Here to read more about our new veterinarian!
Back To School Stress in Pets   

By: Dr. Sally Foote

Both dogs and cats live by routines. They feel the most secure and happy when you wake up at the same time every day, feed them at the same time daily, and keep walks or play time on schedule. When the schedule changes, it can cause some stress in our pets. Our pets know when school is starting and may act up at this time of year. Back packs, folders, binders, kids getting up early and leaving on school buses are all big signals that school is back in session.

Signs of Anxiety In Pets

Some dogs show signs of anxiety - pacing, carrying around an article of clothing, whining, or even house soiling. This is a form of separation anxiety. Cats may meow more, avoid using the litter box, knock more things off of the shelves or have more spats with other house cats. You can't keep everyone home, so how do we help these pets?

Click Here to Learn More.
Meet Max: A Video About Why You Should Microchip Your Pet   

Click Here or on the photo below to meet Max, and to learn why microchipping is so important!

Malocclusions and Orthodontics in Dogs and Cats - And a Quiz!   

The teeth of dogs and cats usually fit together well enough to chew food without discomfort. "Malocclusion" is present when a tooth or some teeth are not able to fit comfortably when the mouth is closed. In veterinary patients, management of malocclusion (which can include shortening of the crowns or extraction of maloccluding teeth, or orthodontic treatment to move the maloccluding teeth to a more comfortable position) is designed to eliminate pain or serious malfunction, and is not performed for esthetic reasons.

Click Here to learn more.

How much do you really know
about your pet's dental health?

Congratulations to
Our Latest Graduates!

Way to go! We are so proud of our Saturday Dog-Ed Training Class Graduates taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA.

To learn more about the upcoming Saturday Training Classes with Dog-Ed at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville, please visit our Facebook Events page.
Upcoming Pet Help Sessions  
& Classes At AHNA

Free Classes are for people only. Please leave your pet at home.
How and Why to Look After Your Pet's Teeth 

Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00pm in the AHNA Education Room. This class is 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, September 20th at 7:00pm in the AHNA Education Room.
This class is presented by Tristan Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid.

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!

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

Oops! Housetraining 101

Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 7:00pm in the AHNA Education Room. This class is presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed.

This Free Help Session will help you teach your dog when & where to eliminate.
  • Housetraining schedules
  • Management options including crate training
  • Proper accident clean-up
  • Troubleshooting

Saturday Training Classes
Follow Me: Enjoy Walks With Your Dog Again  
Saturdays, Aug 27th - Sept 17th from 2:30 - 3:30pm
in the AHNA Education Room. This class is presented 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.

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

Concentration: Learn how to achieve focus, despite distractions

Saturdays, Sept. 17th and Sept. 24th from 4:00 - 5:00pm in the AHNA Education Room. This class is presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed. 

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 September 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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