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2013 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

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Published in 2013 (Mar/Apr)


Veterinary dentistry is constantly progressing. The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for the practice of companion animal dentistry for the veterinary profession. Dental care is necessary to provide optimum health and optimize quality of life. Untreated diseases of the oral cavity are painful and can contribute to local and systemic diseases. This article includes guidelines for preventive oral health care, client communication, evaluation, dental cleaning, and treatment. In addition, materials and equipment necessary to perform a medically appropriate procedure are described.

These guidelines are supported by generous educational grants from Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Merial, Ltd., Virbac Animal Health, and PDx BioTech, and are endorsed by the American Veterinary Dental College, and were published in the 2013 March/April edition of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (JAAHA).

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