AAHA releases 2019 Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

Original article from Veterinary Practice News here.


Many of our Epica Animal Health customers use their Vimago™ imaging platform to take HDVI (High-Definition Volumetric Images) of their animal patients prior to dental work to help identify any potential issues.


New dental care guidelines, updated from the 2013 edition, the 2019 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats are designed to help veterinary professionals expand their current client education efforts, so pet owners understand periodontal disease can be avoided through regular dental checkups and proper home care


The new guidelines also help veterinary practitioners address the fear of anesthesia among pet owners, as it is the most common reason for declining dental procedures.


“Regular dental care is one of the most powerful ways we can improve the quality of life of our patients,” said AAHA chief executive officer, Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP (emeritus).

“AAHA continues to support the use of general anesthesia in dental procedures to promote appropriate diagnostic capabilities and decrease patient stress, injury, and risk of aspiration. Because home care is crucial in the support of a healthy, pain-free mouth, client communication and education remain central to these guidelines.”



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