AAHA Guidelines and Toolkits

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2013 AAHA/AAFP Fluid Therapy Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

Fluid therapy is important for many medical conditions in veterinary patients. The assessment of patient history, chief complaint, physical exam findings, and indicated additional testing will determine the need for fluid therapy. Fluid selection is dictated by the patient’s needs, including volume, rate, fluid composition required, and location the fluid is needed (e.g., interstitial versus intravascular). Therapy must be individualized, tailored to each patient, and constantly re-evaluated...

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AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines

These guidelines are offered as a guide to the veterinary practitioner designing a comprehensive, individualized wellness plan for each stage of a dog’s life. Life stages are defined by both age and breed characteristics for practical purposes. Each patient visit should use an individualized approach to patient handling, preventive care, and early disease detection. Environment, behavior, nutrition, parasite control, vaccinations, dental care, zoonotic disease control, safety, and...

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2011 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines

Since the last time the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) Canine Vaccination Guidelines were revised in 2006, new vaccines have been licensed, others have been withdrawn, and new information has led to the revision of previous recommendations. The 2011 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines offer a comprehensive review of canine vaccines currently available in North America, updated recommendations for core versus non-core vaccines, and revised recommendations for...

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2010 AAFP/AAHA Feline Life Stage Guidelines

Cats have become the most popular pet in the United States, yet statistics about veterinary care for cats remain troubling.1 Although most owners consider their cats to be family members, cats are substantially underserved, compared with dogs.In 2006, owners took their dogs to veterinarians more than twice as often as cats, averaging 2.3 times/year, compared with 1.1 times/year for cats, and significantly more dogs (58%) than cats (28%) were seen by a veterinarian one or more times/year.2 Cat...

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2013 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

Veterinary dentistry is constantly progressing. The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for the practice of companion animal dentistry for the veterinary profession. Dental care is necessary to provide optimum health and optimize quality of life. Untreated diseases of the oral cavity are painful and can contribute to local and systemic diseases. This article includes guidelines for preventive oral health care, client communication, evaluation, dental cleaning, and treatment. In...

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2007 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

"Addressing contemporary approaches to manage pain gives us the ability to fulfill our veterinary duty to alleviate the suffering of animals," explained Thomas A. Carpenter, DVM, AAHA President. "These guidelines will give veterinarians and pet owners a common compass to diagnose and manage pain that affects cats and dogs." The AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats cover the following topics:Adaptive and Maladaptive PainAnticipation and Early...

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2008 AAHA Mentoring Guidelines

The American Animal Hospital Association has recognized that the skill sets developed during the veterinarian’s first year in practice, as well as at other important career transitions, are crucial to their professional future. Mentoring is invaluable during these transitions. Much of the literature about mentoring has focused on the academic or corporate environments. As such, there is often confusion about how to proceed with creating and nurturing a mentoring relationship in a veterinary...

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2010 AAHA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

The American Animal Hospital Association recommends these nutritional assessment guidelines because good nutrition enhances pets' quality and quantity of life, and is integral to optimal animal care. Incorporating nutritional assessment into regular animal care is critical for maintaining pets' health, as well as their response to disease and injury. It requires little to no additional time or cost.The specific goals of this article are to provide:Awareness of the importance of nutritional...

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AAHA-AVMA Preventive Healthcare Guidelines

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have collaborated on the publication of new health guidelines for dogs and cats. Developed in response to startling statistics that indicate visits to veterinarians are declining while preventable diseases in pets are increasing, these guidelines are designed to provide the foundation for the veterinary practice team to promote preventive veterinary medicine.The guidelines are a tool to help...

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2005 AAHA Senior Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

This paper provides a working framework for enhancing the well-being of senior pet dogs and cats.Approaches to screening the medical status of senior pets are described in detail, with particular emphasis on establishing baseline data in healthy animals, the testing of clinically ill animals, and assessing senior pets prior to anesthesia and surgery. The management of pain and distress and the application of hospice and palliative care are addressed. Advice on ways to approach euthanasia and...

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