Given the constant new research, trends, and practices in veterinary medicine related to oncology, it’s difficult for general practitioners to keep up. Now, there’s a resource to help. Today, AAHA released its 2016 Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats (“Guidelines”), a “go to” resource general practitioners can use with oncology patients. “Our goal was to provide a ‘snapshot,’ based on general consensus, about how the general practitioner can and should approach and handle cancer,” said Guidelines Task Force chair John Berg, DVM, DACVS, and Professor of Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
Owners of house-soiling cats frequently abandon or relinquish these pets to shelters where many are euthanized as unadoptable. Veterinarians can significantly decrease this number by preventing house soiling or effectively treating it. To provide practice guidelines for veterinary professionals, the AAFP and the ISFM have released 'Guidelines for Diagnosing and Solving House-Soiling Behavior in Cats.'
Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters annually, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Part of the reason is due to animal behavior issues. That’s where the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and its 2015 AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines (Guidelines), released in late July, can help.
For pet owners and practitioners, the events surrounding the end of a pet’s life are as important and meaningful as the sum of all the care provided throughout his lifetime. That’s why AAHA teamed up with the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) to create the 2016 AAHA/IAAHPC End-of-Life Care Guidelines. A first for the veterinary profession, these groundbreaking guidelines will provide a framework and enable practice teams to better recognize the needs of patients, clients, and team members during this difficult time.
The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) has added its first-ever set of guidelines on mosquito control. The new guidelines focus on the treatment, control, and prevention of a host of serious problems related to mosquitoes.
The robust advances in pain management for companion animals underlie the decision of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) to expand on the information provided in the previous 2007 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. The 2015 guidelines, now available, represent a consensus of expert opinions that summarize and offer a discriminating review of new research and knowledge.
Veterinarians at forefront of licensing ordinance controversy
The AVMA has released revisions to its Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA).
Dogs cannot get autism. The British Veterinary Association (BVM) took the unusual step of making that definitive announcement last week to counter the impact of the antivaccine movement led by “anti-vaxxers.” Although their views are widely refuted by the medical communities in both Great Britain and the United States, anti-vaxxers maintain that immunization can have harmful side effects that may cause autism in children.The BVM isn’t so much worried about homegrown antivaccination fears as they are imported ones.
Veterinary Groups Rally to Stop Spread of Heartworm Disease: New Guidelines, Funding Available for T