New AAHA/AAFP feline care guidelines stress the need to tailor vaccine protocols for specific pets
It is imperative that veterinarians can determine a cat’s unique risk factors. With this in mind, a group of experts convened by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), issued a consensus statement on how feline should be protected through a sensible vaccination program: the 2020 AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines.
The guidelines stress the need for an understanding of individualized feline risk factors, to determine a proper preventive health-care plan. The guidelines, which serve as an update to the 2013 AAFP Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel Report, were written based on evidence-based and peer-reviewed literature on feline vaccinations.
The guidelines also include specific informatin to help educate clients, such as:
- a lifestyle-based feline vaccine calculator
- frequently asked questions and tips for client education
- recommendations for vaccines for pet and shelter-housed cats.