Why guidelines matter

Veterinary practice guidelines, such as the recently published 2013 AAHA/AAFP Fluid Therapy Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, help to ensure that pets get the best possible care. Guidelines keep your hospital staff—from medical director to veterinary assistant—on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine.

The 2013 AAHA/AAFP Fluid Therapy Guidelines for Dogs and Cats is the most complete and medically sound compilation of updates, insights, advice and recommendations ever developed for helping to ensure that your patients receive appropriate, individualized fluid therapy.

AAHA guidelines review the latest information that helps the veterinary team address treatment challenges and perform essential tasks in order to improve the health of the pet. In addition, guidelines define the role of each staff member, so everyone on the health care team can work together to offer the best-quality medical care.

Guidelines are just that—a guide established by experts in a particular area of veterinary medicine. Guidelines do not outweigh the veterinarian’s clinical judgment; instead, they help veterinarians develop and carry out treatment plans that meet each patient’s needs and circumstances.

Aligning your practice’s protocols with guideline recommendations is a key step in ensuring that your practice continues to deliver the best care.

To support your dedicated efforts, AAHA is pleased to offer this toolkit. Here, you’ll find facts, figures, highlights, tips, client handouts and other tools you can use every day to implement the recommendations of the 2013 AAHA/AAFP Fluid Therapy Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.

Thank you for helping to advance our shared mission to deliver the best in companion animal medical care. Together, we can make a difference!

Michael T. Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP
AAHA Executive Director and CEO