AAHA canine life stage guidelines

J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. Jan-Feb 2012;48(1):1-11. doi: 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-4009.


Guidelines are offered to guide the veterinary practitioner in designing a comprehensive, individualized wellness plan for each stage of a dog's life. Life stages are defined by both age and breed characteristics for practical purposes. Each patient visit should use an individualized approach to patient handling, preventive care, and early disease detection. Environment, behavior, nutrition, parasite control, vaccinations, dental care, zoonotic disease control, safety, and reproductive health should be addressed.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Animal Husbandry / standards
  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology
  • Animal Welfare*
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal
  • Disease Reservoirs / veterinary
  • Dog Diseases / epidemiology
  • Dog Diseases / prevention & control
  • Dogs / growth & development*
  • Dogs / physiology
  • Female
  • Male
  • Oral Health
  • Pedigree*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • United States
  • Veterinary Medicine / standards*