Note: These guidelines have been adopted jointly by the AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association.
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All cats should have a veterinary examination at least annually. For many cats, more frequent visits may be appropriate. Decisions regarding specific frequency of visits should be based on individual needs of the cat.
SubjectiveHistory, including evaluation of life style and life stage, behavior, and diet
ObjectiveComprehensive physical examination, including dental assessment, pain assessment, and body and muscle condition scoring
AssessmentOn 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.
*Feline leukemia virus vaccine is considered a non-core vaccine but is highly recommended for kittens according to American Association of Feline Practitioners Feline Vaccine guidelines.
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