ALL ABOUT DOGS and CATS Resource Center for Canine & Feline Lovers
Health For Your Pet
AAHA is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada.
It's important to choose a veterinary hospital before you need one. Ask family, friends and
neighbors for recommendations. Once you find a hospital, take some time to check it out. Ask
for a tour of the facility, and use your eyes and nose to detect cleanliness. Also check if the
facility is well lit. Does it have laboratory equipment? Is there gas anesthesia? If it doesn't
meet your expectations, turn around and leave.
Hospitals that are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) meet high
veterinary care standards. Each hospital voluntarily completes a detailed evaluation of its
services and equipment. Then a practice consultant thoroughly evaluates the hospital to make
sure it meets AAHA's high standards in the areas of:
surgery and anesthesia
diagnostic and pharmacy
pet medical records
housekeeping and maintenance
Approximately 15 percent of the small animal veterinary hospitals in the United States and
Canada are accredited AAHA members.
In addition to the facility, you'll also want to make sure the veterinarian meets your
expectations. It's important that you and your pet are comfortable with the doctor. The
veterinarian should be able to communicate with you and make you feel comfortable asking
For a referral to an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital, please visit
AAHA's online Hospital Locator.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an
international association of more than 36,000 veterinary care
providers who treat companion animals. Established in 1933, AAHA is
well known among veterinarians and pet owners for its standards
for hospitals and pet health care. Approximately 3,000 veterinary
hospitals voluntarily participate in the AAHA hospital evaluation
Our pets depend on us. This means providing them with the best pet health care and
Learning about the common pests and diseases that can infect your dog or cat will help you
know how to prevent or treat them. Knowing what comprises good nutrition and what is
harmful will help you make the decision on what to feed your pet.
In order to help you make an informed decision we have compiled a list of articles on health
and nutrition lby several veterinarians and other authorities
The information offered is not meant to take the place of expert veterinary care. Please
consult your veterinarian when your pet is ill. Be sure to ask your veterinarian about natural
and alternative treatments
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