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September 20, 2018 - 9:09pm

One thing I have noticed since starting at AHNA is that beer seems to be everywhere in Asheville, and there are countless breweries and beer enthusiasts around. For those of you that are brewing your own style of suds at home, we wanted to make you aware of a potential toxin for your canine companion: hops. Our favorite bittering agent might not have much appeal to us other than to flavor our IPAs, but it is sometimes interesting to our four legged friends. Ingestion of hops can lead to a malignant hyperthermia (high temperature), increased heart rate, and rapid breathing. Unfortunately,...

July 24, 2018 - 4:20pm

FREE CLASS

Puppies W.I.N. - What is Normal Puppy Behavior?

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 7:00- 8:30pm
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Tristan Rehner-Fleurant, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid
  • People Only. No Registration required. No fee to attend. Everyone welcome!

This free Behavior Help Session is for anyone with a puppy under 5 months of age, anyone who is interested in understanding more about puppy behavior or anyone planning on...

July 20, 2018 - 10:02pm

We are so excited to be heading into our 6th year of AHNA Puppy Preschool. Thursday nights at Animal Hospital of North Asheville have been filled with the sounds of puppies, families, laughter, and play as the puppies build lifelong positive associations with coming to the hospital and being around new people and other puppies.

Our goal at Puppy Preschool is to strengthen the bond and understanding between families and their puppy by using positive activities aimed at encouraging investigation and interaction, stimulating the senses and building confidence.

Our first...

July 27, 2017 - 3:02pm

The Asheville area had many confirmed cases of H3N2 during the 2015 canine influenza outbreak, but with the most recent US outbreak that began this spring, the closest case that we know of to date occurred near Charlotte, NC. There have been other cases in NC and two deaths occurred in NC from Canine Influenza.  At this time, other areas of the country are dealing with confirmed H3N2 outbreaks and an outbreak may occur in our community. Attached is an article from the University of Florida about the outbreak Florida is experiencing. Also attached is a news article from Kentucky where many...

July 13, 2017 - 10:39pm

In life, at one time or another, every dog will need space when they encounter other dogs or people. You may have a dog learning basic manners, behavioral modification or specialized occupational training. Some dogs may have medical reasons such as recovering from an illness or surgery, or have a physical limitation such as being deaf, blind or arthritic. Service or working dogs need space to focus on the task at hand. Some dogs are fearful of unfamiliar people or dogs. Sometimes it is the family that may need space and prefer minimal interaction on walks. Whatever the reason, it is always...

July 13, 2017 - 10:28pm

Always keep an ID tag on your pet! This is one of the quickest ways to help your pet find his or her way back home.

Be safe! No single ID is fail-safe. Use more than one method of identification. 

Chip your pet! Microchip your pet and keep your contact information current.

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July 13, 2017 - 9:43pm

When thinking about adding a dog or puppy to your family, it is always a good idea to research breed types and traits. The physical appearance of mixed breeds often (but not always!) provides clues about breed heritage. Knowing the breed types and traits that contributed to your dog’s ancestry is important to help your new family member grow into a well-balanced dog. Traits your dog is likely to show should match the lifestyle of your family, otherwise behavior issues may arise. For example, breeds with a high energy/work drive living with a sedentary family providing minimal stimulation...

February 20, 2017 - 6:10pm

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Valentine's Facebook Album: AHNA Cupid Cuties. Your fuzzy Valentines made our day! We loved the photos so much we just had to make a video.

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February 20, 2017 - 2:58pm

The excitement is mounting and soon there will be the pitter patter of little paws running around the house. You may have the puppy already picked out or have a trip planned to the local shelter to adopt your newest member of the family. Either way, soon your house will be filled with a puppy!

Spending a little time preparing for your puppy will allow for a smooth transition and set up a good foundation for a daily routine from the moment you bring your bundle of joy home. You will also have the things needed to deal with the normal puppy behavior that comes along with a growing...

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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