AAHA guidelines make for healthy teeth in pets

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The American Animal Hospital Association published its dental care guidelines for dogs and cats in the September/October 2005 issues of Trends magazine and the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.

An AAHA task force that included several veterinary dental experts wrote the guidelines, which the AAHA board of directors approved in March. The document provides a working framework for dental examinations and cleaning and surgical procedures, including anesthesia, facility, and equipment recommendations.

The importance of client communication and education regarding treatment options for optimal dental health, as well as the importance of home care, is emphasized throughout the guidelines.

"Pets can live longer, healthier lives if oral health care is managed and maintained throughout their lives," said AAHA President Daniel S. Aja. "These guidelines are a concise, useful resource to help veterinary practice teams provide excellent dental care for dogs and cats."

The AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats are also available on the association's Web site