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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?

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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...

November 21, 2016 - 7:49pm

This article has been reviewed by a Veterinarian.
- information provided by VetStreet

During the holidays Animal Hospital of North Asheville sees an increase in cats and dogs suffering from a very severe and painful disease called Pancreatitis. Quite often it is a result of a pet eating fatty foods or another human food they are not used to. Let's take a closer look at Pancreatitis.
 
Think of the pancreas as a puffer fish. It’s a notoriously sensitive organ that...

November 21, 2016 - 7:27pm

As the weather gets colder, it is tempting to stop your parasite prevention, but the parasitic threats to your pets do not go away. Biting insects such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes that carry heartworm disease can persist through very cold weather. In fact, we hear a lot of reports of people finding ticks on their pets in the coldest months of winter, and even in the cold season, ticks can carry diseases such as Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Intestinal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms are a risk all year. Be sure to protect your pet by giving monthly...

November 21, 2016 - 7:17pm

Western North Carolina has been experiencing very dry conditions this fall, and the widespread forest fires that have occurred this November have led to significant problems with air quality and smoke in some areas. Many people are experiencing irritation in their eyes, nose, and lungs, and dogs and cats are susceptible to the same symptoms. For this reason, you should apply the same outdoor activity restrictions that are being recommended for people to your pet. If your pet is healthy, then you can probably assume that if a walk is comfortable for you, it is for your pet too. Use special...

November 4, 2016 - 4:22pm

Congratulations to the dedicated families who participated with their canine companions in Dog-Ed's recent Saturday Training classes held in the AHNA Education Room. These classes, taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed, were not only fun filled but they help families to teach and strengthen basic manners. Jenny's classes strengthen the bond between families and their pets while helping the dogs become polite members of the community.

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October 22, 2016 - 11:24am

Click on one of the links below to select the class you would like more information on:

How to Help Your Leash Reactive Dog

Concentration: Learn how to achieve focus, despite distractions

FREE CLASSES

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