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Abstract

Joe Bartges, PhD, DVM, DACVIM, DACVN, Beth Boynton, DVM, Amy Hoyumpa Vogt, DVM, DABVP (Canine and Feline), Eliza Krauter, CVT, Ken Lambrecht, DVM, Ron Svec, DVM, Steve Thompson, DVM, DABVP (Canine and Feline)

Abstract

Guidelines are offered to guide the veterinary practitioner in designing a comprehensive, individualized wellness plan for each stage of a dog’s life. Life stages are defined by both age and breed characteristics for practical purposes. Each patient visit should use an individualized approach to patient handling, preventive care, and early disease detection. Environment, behavior, nutrition, parasite control, vaccinations, dental care, zoonotic disease control, safety, and reproductive health should be addressed.

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