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Frequency of veterinary visits

For optimum health and wellness, all pets should have a veterinary examination at least annually. For many pets, more frequent visits may be appropriate. Decisions regarding specific frequency of visits are appropriately made on an individual basis, based on the age, species, breed, health, and environment of the pet. The American Animal Hospital Association recommends that pet owners consult their pet’s veterinarian regarding the appropriate frequency of veterinary visits for their pets. Further details can be found in the AAHA/AVMA Preventive Healthcare Guidelines, the AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines and the AAFP Feline Life Stage Guidelines.

Adopted by the American Animal Hospital Association Board of Directors, June 2008.
Last revised November 2014.

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