What are AAHA Guidelines?

Developed by experts in the profession, AAHA guidelines provide cutting-edge information and frequent updates that help veterinary professionals face the demands of a continually shifting industry to ensure pets receive the best possible care.

  • Due to the variety of recommendations on the appropriate healthcare for cats and dogs, AAHA guidelines assist veterinary professionals with developing evidence-based protocols for cats and dogs in their practices.
  • AAHA’s goal for the guidelines is to provide the most current, non-biased information on clinically relevant topics to benefit not only AAHA members and their patients and clients, but the entire veterinary profession and pet owners.

AAHA’s guidelines are interactive, mobile-friendly, and full of pet owner and staff education resources, customizable templates, calculators, and more. Check out our most recently updated resources helping practices stay at the forefront of veterinary medicine.

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NEW! 2022 AAHA Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

These guidelines are a practical and logical update to the assessment and management of pain in dogs and cats. Identifying a patient's pain is essential to successful outcomes, which is why we've included diagnostic guides and assessment algorithms for both acute and chronic pain.

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2021 AAHA Working, Assistance, and Therapy Dog Guidelines

Discussing recommendations for dogs trained for protection, odor/scent detection, service functions for people with diagnosed disabilities or physical limitations, emotional support, and therapeutic intervention. Working, assistance, and therapy dogs are inherently valuable and impose a need for a high level of primary veterinary care.

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2021 AAHA Nutrition and Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

A truly comprehensive approach to dietary management in primary-care companion-animal practice. Step-by-step methods for performing a complete nutritional assessment and preparing an individualized nutritional plan as well as communication tips that promote optimal adherence to the dietary recommendations.

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2021 AAHA/AAFP Feline Life Stage Guidelines

The feline patient’s life stage is the most fundamental presentation factor the practitioner encounters in a regular examination visit. An evidence-guided framework for managing a cat’s healthcare throughout its lifetime has never been more important in feline practice than it is now.

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