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For Pet Owners

When should my dog be neutered or spayed?
The timing of neutering or spaying a dog used to be straight forward. Emerging data is suggesting that there are benefits to taking a more individualized approach to the age at which is this surgery is performed.

The Ultimate Puppy Checklist!
There is no other time in your dog’s life that they will grow as rapidly as when they are puppies. Stay on top of your pup’s health, nutrition, safety, behavior, and more by using this checklist and sharing any questions you have with your veterinarian. 

Other Online Resources
Visit these reputable websites for additional information on keeping your dog healthy regardless of their life stage. 

Canine Life Stage Calculator
A dog’s life stage involves more than her age, since different dog breeds age at different rates. To discover your dog’s current life stage, and to learn what should be covered in every wellness visit with your veterinarian, AAHA is currently developing a Canine Life Stage Calculator. Check back here in the coming months for the link to this exciting new tool.

For Veterinary Teams

AAHA Exam Report Cards
Tidy up your patient records and improve compliance with AAHA’s Exam Report Cards. Intuitively organized and thoroughly reviewed by veterinarians and technicians, this form ensures that all information is captured.

Body and Muscle Condition Score Chart
Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for a dog’s health. Use this updated printable chart to put a BCS number (1-5 or 1-9) behind your recommendations and monitor muscle condition in all of your canine patients.

Canine Lifestyle Assessment Form
Provide this printable form to dog owners prior to the start of a veterinary visit to improve the efficiency and accuracy of your history-taking.

Canine Life Stage Health Checklists
Based on the 2019 AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines, these printable checklists will help streamline your wellness appointments without skipping any important steps in individualizing your canine patients’ care.

Canine Life Stage Poster
This printable two-sided resource can be displayed at your practice to educate clients about the canine life stages, or as a reminder to ask your team what special needs their dog may have at its current life stage.

Canine Vaccination Schedule Magnet
Boost your vaccination protocols at a glance with this handy magnet based on the 2017 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines.

Pet Health Brochures
Share up-to-date info on pet health and encourage compliance with appealing, easy-to-digest client education brochures updated to reflect AAHA guidelines.

Roles and Responsibilities
Everyone on the veterinary team plays a part in communicating, implementing and supporting the recommendations for life stage-based care.

Understanding Your Pet’s Health
A Visual Guide: Stock your exam rooms with the ultimate client education tool. Discussing wellness topics and diagnostics was never easier, thanks to this highly visual, client-friendly guide.

Other Online Resources
Visit these reputable websites for additional information on keeping canine patients healthy regardless of their life stage.

The 2019 AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines are supported by generous educational grants from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc., CareCredit, Elanco Animal Health, Hill’s ® Pet Nutrition, Inc., IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., Merck Animal Health and Zoetis Petcare.