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AAHA Feline Lifestyle Form

The AAHA Feline Lifestyle Assessment Form was designed as a flexible tool that support your practice’s approach to preventive health care. Use this form to focus on a variety of lifestyle issues that help you evaluate and make recommendations related to preventive care, nutrition, environmental…

AAHA Canine Lifestyle Form

The AAHA Canine Lifestyle Assessment Form was designed as a flexible tool that support your practice’s approach to preventive health care. Use this form to focus on a variety of lifestyle issues that help you evaluate and make recommendations related to preventive care, nutrition, environmental…

Salmonella and Pet Food

A healthy diet is important for pets. But did you know that dry pet food, treats, and supplements can become contaminated with Salmonella, a harmful germ that can make both people and pets sick? To protect you and your pet from getting sick, it is…

AAHA Raw Protein Diet Position Statement

Past proponents of raw food diets believed that this was the healthiest food choice for pets. It was also assumed that feeding such a diet would cause no harm to other animals or to humans. There have subsequently been multiple studies showing both these premises…

Nutrition: The 5th Vital Assessment

Conveniently provides PDF formats of three key nutrition resources for any practice: “Pet Nutrition Reference Manual”, “5VA Quick Reference Guide”, and “Helpful Communication Tips”.

What is the safest way to handle pet foods?

Answer: To reduce the risk of harmful bacterial contamination and food-borne illness, and to keep foods fresh, the following tips are advised for all commercially made pet foods (both cooked and raw): Buying food: Purchase food from reputable manufacturers who have demonstrated a long-term commitment…

Does neutering make dogs and cats gain weight and become obese?

Answer: The loss of estrogens and androgens (sex hormones) from neutering dogs and cats causes a decrease in metabolic rate, thus their energy needs are lower.1 Neutering a pet is linked to an increased risk of unhealthy weight gain and obesity if there is no…