You won’t find this particular tip in the 2021 AAHA Nutrition and Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats —not in so many words, anyway . . .
From food trucks, giveaways, and parking lot celebrations to matching outfits and lots of baked goods, veterinary practices across the US and Canada are celebrating their American Animal Hospital Association accreditation today.
No two dogs are alike, and their veterinary care should be as individualized as they are. To help veterinary practitioners tailor the care they provide each patient and efficiently guide preventive healthcare strategies based on each canine patient’s unique needs, AAHA has released the 2019 AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines .
“When I first entered the profession, I didn’t actually think about how homogeneous it was,” says Tierra Price, DVM, MPH. Once she did, she decided to do something about it.
“The cool thing about the weight-loss plan generator is that veterinarians or technicians can use it to generate a nutrition prescription,” says Caitlin DeWilde, DVM.
In an effort to help veterinary practitioners elevate end-of-life care for companion animals, AAHA now offers an End-of-Life Care accreditation option for veterinary practices as part of the AAHA Standards of Accreditation .
Most people know that the Veterinarian’s Oath focuses on caring for animals and protecting animal welfare. But there is also a very important line in the Oath: a newly minted veterinarian must also swear to benefit society through “the promotion of public health.”
Would you know how to treat a highly trained bomb-sniffing dog who’s having a bout of explosive diarrhea? Here’s a tip—resist the impulse to reach for the metronidazole.