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October 12, 2017 - 8:19pm

Whether you and your pets are new to AHNA, or if you’ve been seeing us for years, you have probably noticed we do things a little differently here. Treats are offered generously, pets are examined on soft, cozy blankets instead of cold metal tables, and you’re welcome to accompany your pet nearly everywhere they go in the hospital. These are examples of our efforts to reduce any discomfort, fear, anxiety and stress that your pet may experience during their visit. Although AHNA has been thinking along these lines for many years, there’s now a world-wide initiative that offers ...

October 11, 2017 - 3:37pm

Millions of people and their animals have been displaced or affected by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey and the winds and flooding from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In the Caribbean, Florida, Texas, and Louisiana, animals need help with food, shelter, medical care, and being reunited with their owners. There are several reputable charities who will use monetary donations to provide supplies and shelter to these animals. Here are some ways you can help:

General funds for all three storms:

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October 11, 2017 - 3:21pm

On a chilly evening in February, Animal Hospital of North Asheville got a call that a critically ill two-month-old puppy was being transferred to our care. This was the second puppy that had come to us for burn treatments in a span of just one year.

October 3, 2017 - 5:01pm

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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September 25, 2017 - 10:32pm

Interested in joining a Dog-Ed dog training class? Would you like to develop a better understand of your dog's behavior? Learn how to clearly communicate with them? Then join Dog-Ed for this free help session on one of the dates listed below!
 

September 25, 2017 - 9:52pm

“More than anything else, for the rest of my life I will miss his daily reminder that it is possible to live this way all day, every day, under every circumstance life can throw at anyone privileged enough to have a beating heart.” ~ Chris Derienzo, MD

We at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville are blessed with getting to know so many wonderful families. Our staff treasures the chance to care for and share the lives of our furry patients.  Throughout our patients’ lives we get to learn about what makes them special. We cherish this relationship.  One of the hardest...

September 25, 2017 - 9:40pm

It seems at times that cats can relish in being obvious: it's hard to miss a cat lying on your keyboard while you're trying to work, or informing you of his desire to eat breakfast while you're trying to catch a few more winks. Sometimes our feline friends just refuse to be ignored! Even so, we can't deny the other more mysterious side to cat behavior. Why does my cat so often prefer a discarded cardboard box to the expensive bed I picked out especially for her? Or decide that 2 o’clock in the morning is the perfect time to play?
 
Aside from these lighthearted examples,...

September 25, 2017 - 8:38pm

In the past several years there has been an increase in severe weather. Recently hurricanes like Irma, Ivan, Harvey and Katrina have devastated areas. Wildfires like the Party Rock wildfire and the Gatlinburg wildfires forced families to leave their homes. Severe weather is not limited to wildfires and hurricanes; tornadoes, earthquakes, house fires, flooding and severe winter weather can force families to flee for safety. Many times families may not have a chance to prepare. They just need to grab and go. That is why it is important to have an escape plan for people and pets.
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September 25, 2017 - 8:09pm

By Dr. Kasandra Garner
 
When my husband and I moved back to Asheville almost two years ago, we were excited to see so many black bears in our neighborhood. I would run outside with my phone and snap pictures and video to post on social media whenever one ambled through the yard or down the road. It felt like nature was adapting to the increasing presence of people in the western North Carolina mountains. The bears were learning to coexist peaceably with the suburbs.  
 
Fast forward to this past summer, and the bears no longer seem to be coexisting quite so...

September 11, 2017 - 8:51pm

Congratulations to the dedicated participants who brought their canine companions to Dog-Ed's recent Saturday training classes taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA. Families and their canine counterparts worked together to learn valuable life skills and basic manners. Jenny White makes each class fun while teaching techniques to set the families up for success. We, at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville, are very proud of these wonderful families who not only built skills in their companion but also enjoyed the time bonding with their dogs.

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