Note: These guidelines have been adopted jointly by the AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association.
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All dogs should have a veterinary examination at least annually. For many dogs, more frequent visits may be appropriate. Decisions regarding specific frequency of visits should be based on individual needs of the dog.
History, including evaluation of life style and life stage, behavior, and diet
Comprehensive physical examination, including dental assessment, pain assessment, and body and muscle condition scoring
On the basis of history and physical examination findings, assessments are made for:
Client communication and education plan to include:
These guidelines were developed jointly by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association to provide information for practitioners regarding the care and treatment of their canine and feline patients. The information contained in these guidelines should not be construed as dictating an exclusive protocol, course of treatment, or procedure. These guidelines are not intended to be an AAHA or AVMA standard of care. Development of these guidelines was supported through an educational grant from the Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare.
2016 American Veterinary Medical Association