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Getting started: the wellness exam

To achieve optimum feline health care, veterinarians must help owners to understand and appreciate the importance of regular preventive care for their cats at all ages.


References for the 2019 AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines .


References for the 2010 AAFP/AAHA Feline Life Stage Guidelines

Reproductive Health

AAHA recommends that all dogs not intended for deliberate breeding be spayed or castrated. For pet owners who choose to breed, practitioners should promote responsible breeding practices including collaboration with research programs to reduce perpetuation of disease through careful selection of breeding individuals.


2012 AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines references.

The individualized approach

Encourage clients to acclimate dogs to safe travel prior to the veterinary visit. Plan appointments to minimize wait and create a quiet, calm environment. Train the veterinary team in low-stress handling techniques. 

Breed-Specific Considerations

Historically, we have recognized that breed-specific physiology and clinical pathological normal values may vary. The evidence-based studies and literature to help guide decision making regarding specific breeds has been limited. Over the last several years, there has been important new information available on this topic.

JAAHA 57.2 Abstracts

Abstracts from issue 57.2 of JAAHA, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association .

Inside AAHA: March 2021

AAHA Vice President Margot K. Vahrenwald, DVM, CVJ, discusses the importance of nutrition conversations. Also: Temple Grandin joins VMI, 2021 AAHA/AAFP Feline Life Stage Guidelines , and Dear AAHA addresses a question about staff privacy.

What should I know about my young adult dog?

So, you just used the  AAHA Canine Life Stage Calculator to determine that your dog is in the young adult stage of life. Congr ats! Knowing your dog’s life stage helps you provide a lifetime of optimal care for your pooch.  

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