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2012 AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines

Published in 2012 (Jan/Feb)



Guidelines are offered to guide the veterinary practitioner in designing a comprehensive, individualized wellness plan for each stage of a dog’s life. Life stages are defined by both age and breed characteristics for practical purposes. Each patient visit should use an individualized approach to patient handling, preventive care, and early disease detection. Environment, behavior, nutrition, parasite control, vaccinations, dental care, zoonotic disease control, safety, and reproductive health should be addressed.

These Guidelines are made possible through a generous educational grant from Elanco Companion Animal Health, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Merial, and Pfizer Animal Health, and were published in the 2012 January/February edition of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (JAAHA).

Parasite Counselor

This free, one-hour, online course is designed for all veterinary staff. It is the first module in a series of four that will make up the AAHA Parasite Counselor Program.