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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2022 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines

These Guidelines empower veterinarians to make the best possible personalized recommendations for their patients by determining which vaccines are essential for each individual dog.

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2022 AAFP/AAHA Antimicrobial Stewardship Guidelines

Veterinary teams play an important role in minimizing antimicrobial resistance. If we do not actively participate in antimicrobial stewardship, we could lose access to life-saving medications. Educating clients on judicious use of antimicrobials and safeguarding antibiotics is key to preserving public health. View these guidelines to learn more about what your team can do to support the future health of pets and their people.

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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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