Veterinary practice guidelines, including the 2014 AAHA Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats , help ensure that pets get the best possible care.
Equipping the team with the skills to obtain a thorough history is imperative. The aim during an examination visit should be to obtain detailed information regarding the patient’s health (current and past), clinical signs, nutrition, water intake, behavior, environment, and lifestyle.
Within these 2021 AAHA/AAFP Feline Life Stage Guidelines , the Task Force offers evidence-guided recommendations for eight clinical aspects of feline medicine that should be managed in relation to a cat’s life stage: behavior and environmental needs; elimination; nutrition and weight management; oral health; parasite control; vaccination; zoonoses and human safety; and diagnostics.
2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats | Staff roles & responsibilities
Advances in telehealth technologies are helping shape the future of veterinary healthcare. Telemedicine consults, remote monitoring devices, and AI are all evolving to provide healthcare teams new ways to gain deeper levels of patient information that enhance diagnosis and treatment decisions, while also fostering client relationships.
The importance of complete and accurate historical information cannot be overstated, including current medications (e.g., over-the-counter, prescription, alternative, supplements) with regard to their potential impact on anesthesia and recovery.