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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...

February 17, 2017 - 11:54am

Bella, a friendly, gentle yellow lab, arrived at AHNA for a dental care appointment in December. She is magnificently beautiful. Her family loves her dearly and takes excellent care of her. Without realizing the potential risk, her family bought what seemed like a simple toy for her to chew on, but it caused her great harm. The chew toy was a piece of antler, unfortunately commonly sold at pet stores and on the internet as a “natural” way to clean teeth and provide an enjoyable distraction and entertainment. Antlers, while a natural product, are much too hard for dogs to chew on.

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February 7, 2017 - 10:09pm

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

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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.

January 4, 2017 - 9:33am

Several families ended 2016 on a high note by participating in Dog-Ed's Saturday Training Classes at Animal Hospital of North Asheville. They took time out of their busy schedules to spend time bonding and having fun while working on life saving skills with their canine companions! We want to say way to go!

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?

PLAN AHEAD

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.

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