The good news is that there have never been so many pets in our homes, providing families endless hours of joy and companionship. Our pets also benefit from the best veterinary doctors and technology ever available. Sadly, though, evidence shows that the health of our nation’s pets is declining. Many of them aren’t as healthy as they could be – or as they should be.
A number of factors are leading to fewer veterinary visits, and most experts agree that a decrease in veterinary visits can be directly linked to an increase in preventable medical conditions such as dental disease, heartworms, obesity and ear infections.
The newly published AAHA-AVMA Canine and Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines provide a great opportunity to educate pet owners about the essentials of good pet health and well-being, and to encourage them to practice responsible pet ownership by providing preventive care check-ups at least once a year. Drs. Michael Moyer and Ilona Rodan, members of the task force that developed the guidelines, will be leading webinars detailing the guidelines Dec. 5 – Dec. 18.
After participating in the web conference, veterinarians will be better able to:
- Understand the AAHA/AVMA Canine and Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines
- Implement the guidelines in your practice
- Educate clients about preventive healthcare for their pets, and
- Make feline preventive care visits less stressful for cats and their owners.
To register for the webcast, go to www.aahanet.org/webconf or call AAHA’s Member Service Center at 800-883-6301. It is open to all veterinary practices.