Canine Resources

Additional Resources for Life Stage Management


Additional Guidelines

Position Statements

Pet Food Resources & Recalls

American College of Veterinary Nutrition


Pet Nutrition Alliance

Pet Food Institute


Selections from "Small Animal Clinical Nutrition"

Take a deep-dive into recommendations for feeding:

  • Young adult dogs  (pg 258-272)
  • Mature adult dogs (pg 273-280)
  • Reproducing dogs (pg 281-294)
  • Nursing and orphaned pups from birth to weaning (pg 295-310)
  • Growing puppies: postweaning to adulthood (pg 311-319)


Inherited Disease Databases

Lifespans of Purebred Dogs

Institute of Canine Biology

  • Data from various longevity studies

Behavior Resources

Dental Information for Vet Teams & Pet Owners

Heartworm Disease

American Heartworm Society

  • Prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease

Zoonoses Prevention


Healthy Pets, Healthy People: Information on zoonoses to share with pet owners. 

Preventing of transmission of:

What every pet owner should know about roundworms and hookworms

Educating clients about Leptospirosis

Additional Industry Resources

Arthritis Educational Tools for Clients

The pain of osteoarthritis may affect not only how dogs function but how they feel and act too. Any dog can get OA, but it can be easily missed or blamed on something else, like old age. Teaching clients to recognize the signs and seeking proper treatment may help slow down OA progression, ease the pain, and improve their quality of life. This website is a go-to resource for many short, educational blog articles that can be downloaded and shared with your clients:

Canine Age Chart Poster

Canine Osteoarthritis Staging Tool (COAST)  

Canine osteoarthritis (OA) often goes unnoticed. Subtle changes in your patients’ behavior can be warning signs for OA. COAST can help you recognize and treat canine OA from its earliest diagnosed stages to keep your patients comfortable and active throughout their lives. Leading orthopedic health and pain management experts developed this new staging tool as a standardized approach to diagnose and monitor dogs with clinical signs of OA as well as those at risk of developing OA.1

Championing Bordetella Education

Information on Bordetella to share with pet owners

Osteoarthritis Pain Checklist for Dogs  

There is a gap between what owners think of as pain and what veterinarians think of as pain. In fact, six everyday behaviors correlate with an OA diagnosis at least 70% of the time.1 Use this client-friendly, validated Dog Osteoarthritis Pain Checklist2 to help your pet owners spot both the physical and emotional effects of canine OA pain at home, where signs are most likely to be observed. The interactive, digital version of the Canine OA Checklist can be found at

1 Wright A, Amodie D, Cernicchiaro N, Lascelles B, Pavlock A. Pvm2 Ability Score Improvement Over Time In Response To Carprofen In Dogs Newly Diagnosed With Osteoarthritis. Value in Health. 2019;22

2 Reid J, Wright A, Gober M, Nolan AM, Noble C, Scott EM, Measuring chronic pain in osteoarthritic dogs treated long-term with carprofen, through its impact on health-related quality of life (HRQL), Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2018; 31(S 01): A1-A6

Pet Wellness Report Canine Health Risk Assessment

The Pet Wellness Report is a turnkey solution that supports preventive health initiatives in companion animal practice, enhancing the value of regular routine wellness exams for pet owners.

“The New Science of Osteoarthritis Pain”

Offers veterinarians and veterinary nurses scientific content and tools that the latest on the science of OA as well as resources to identify and treat dogs suffering from the pain of OA

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.