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Why Guidelines Matter

Veterinary practice guidelines, such as the recently revised and updated 2013 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, help ensure pets get the best possible care. From medical director to veterinary assistant, guidelines keep your hospital staff on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine.

As an essential component of a preventive health care plan, quality dental care is necessary to provide optimum health and quality of life. Untreated diseases of the oral cavity are painful and can contribute to local and systemic diseases. The 2013 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats is the most complete and medically sound compilation of updates, insights, advice and recommendations ever developed for helping you to ensure that all pets receive regular, appropriate dental care.

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

Guidelines are just that—a guide established by experts in a particular area of veterinary medicine. Guidelines do not outweigh the veterinarian’s clinical judgment; instead, they help veterinarians develop and carry out treatment plans that meet each patient’s needs and circumstances.

Aligning your practice’s protocols with guideline recommendations is a key step to ensuring your practice continues to deliver high-quality care.

To support your dedicated efforts, AAHA is pleased to offer this toolkit. Here, you’ll find facts, figures, highlights, tips, client handouts and other tools you can use every day to implement the recommendations of the 2013 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.

Thank you for helping to advance our shared mission to deliver the best in companion animal medical care. Together, we can make a difference!

Michael T. Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP
AAHA Executive Director and CEO

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