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February 20, 2017 - 3:15pm

Have you ever wondered what your dog or cat is thinking about? A series of new studies shows our pets may be more self-aware than previously believed. Rather than just having semantic memory – formed by facts and rules known by instinct or learned in order to survive – dogs and cats may also be able to remember specific events or experiences from their lives, which is called episodic memory.

Because we can’t just ask dogs if they can remember when they caught that squirrel at the park three years ago, researchers in Budapest used "Do-As-I-Do" training to investigate the way dogs...

January 25, 2017 - 4:43pm

By: Dr. Kasandra Garner

We hear a lot about the risks of very warm weather to our pets, particularly when it comes to leaving them in hot cars. But what about cold weather? Do you know how to keep your pet safe throughout the winter? With a few common-sense precautions, you and your pet can enjoy outdoor winter activities without risk.

Just like people, animals’ cold tolerance can vary depending on size, body fat, coat thickness, activity level, and general health. Larger dogs and dogs with thicker coats tend to do better than smaller, short-coated breeds in colder...

January 24, 2017 - 11:26am

It is once again time to celebrate our favorite things! It will come as no surprise that our very favorite things are kittens, puppies, cats, and dogs! Enjoy this look back on 2016 - and may 2017 be full of wags and purrs.

December 15, 2016 - 9:06am

What do you get for the pet who has everything? Are you looking for some new ideas or a last minute stocking stuffer? Here are a few ideas to help.

For the Pet on the Go

  • Activity specific outerwear to keep your pet safe (cold weather coat, life vest, cooling vest, or reflective breakaway collars for your cats). Ruffwear is a great company for canine outerwear.
  • High Visibility vest - for nighttime runs or off leash time in the woods. Orange vests for you and your dog while out on the trails during hunting
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December 14, 2016 - 5:27pm

Thanksgiving through New Year's Day can be a joyous time of the year, but our pets, just like us, can become overwhelmed and stressed. One of the best gifts we can give to our pets is a stress free holiday! It is important to think about the festivities through their eyes; everything we love about the holidays can be scary for them. So what can we do to help them?


A sudden change in appearance to a pet's surroundings can be stressful, so decorate gradually over a week or so. Be sure not to change the locations of litter boxes, bedding, feeding stations and such...

December 14, 2016 - 4:41pm

This wonderful family came in wearing Santa hats to bring very generous and thoughtful gifts of food, treats, blankets and toys. All of us at AHNA were thrilled to see them arrive because many needy pets will benefit from the generosity of these Santa Clauses.

December 13, 2016 - 4:40am

The holiday season is a time when parties, families, and gifts are centered around food. And there in the middle of it is your dog. Who can resist the high speed tail wag, pleading eyes, and the feed me dance? It’s not easy for you and your guests to say no, but it is in the best interest of your pet to not indulge them with tasty holiday treats. Many treats can not only add extra calories and unwanted weight gain to your pet but can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, a more severe illness called pancreatitis or potentially life-threatening toxicity. Bones can cause obstructions, pierce the...

December 13, 2016 - 4:33am

By: Dr. Kassandra Garner

The stores are already decked in boughs of holly (or more accurately, plastic sparkly lights) and you are probably thinking about getting out your own holiday decorations. But for those of us with pets, before we drag those totes out of storage, consideration must be given to how to adorn our houses so that our efforts survive our four-footed companions. Yes, from Christmas trees to strands of garland, holiday decorations are a pet toy paradise from our pet’s perspective. Trimming the tree means nothing hanging from the bottom branches that will break when...

November 21, 2016 - 11:19pm

We had a spooktacular time during our Happy Howl-o-ween Pet Trick-or-Treating on Wednesday, October 26th! Thank you to all who came and celebrated with us!

This annual event was held in our Halloween decorated Education Room. Treats of all kinds were available for our human and pet “Trick-or-Treaters,” but we made sure the treats for pets were low calorie and healthy. It was fun to see which treats the pets loved the best. We even had take-home treats for our feline and canine friends who preferred to stay at home away from the festivities. 

Although costumes were not...


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