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2016 AAHA Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats now available

(LAKEWOOD, Colo.) July 6, 2016 – The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is pleased to release the 2016 AAHA Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.

The guidelines were published in the July/August edition of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (JAAHA) and are available on the AAHA website.

Unfortunately, oncology cases are a regular part of companion animal veterinary practice, making diagnosis and treatment of cancer an essential part of comprehensive primary care. The 2016 AAHA Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats will help ensure pets benefit from the correct cancer diagnosis and management to maintain the best quality of life possible.

Because each oncology case is medically unique, the new guidelines recommend a patient-specific approach consisting of the following components: diagnosis, staging, therapeutic intervention, provisions for patient and personnel safety in handling chemotherapy agents, referral to an oncology specialty practice when appropriate, and a strong emphasis on client support.

The guidelines include comprehensive tables of common canine and feline cancers as a resource for case management and a sample case history, and also discuss important concepts including end of life considerations when managing cancer cases.

AAHA’s veterinary practice guidelines help ensure pets get the best possible care. From medical director to veterinary assistant, guidelines keep hospital staff on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine.

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

Aligning practice protocols with AAHA guideline recommendations is a key step in ensuring the delivery of high quality care.

In 2015, AAHA brought the veterinary profession guidelines on two key topics in the veterinary profession: behavior and pain management. AAHA plans to release end-of-life guidelines in late 2016/early 2017.

The 2016 AAHA Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats are available on the AAHA website at aaha.org/guidelines.

Kate Wessels

12575 W. Bayaud Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80228
Kate.wessels@aaha.org
720-616-1783

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