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Pain Management

Multimodal Pain Management for Canine Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis treatment aims to delay disease progression, decrease inflammation, and ultimately improve the patient’s quality of life.

OA is common in dogs. Management involves multiple modalities and must be tailored to each patient and its owner.

Update on Clinical Acute Pain Assessment in Cats

Effective pain assessment tools allow practitioners to identify the presence of pain in companion animals that may be disguising their discomfort.

Inadequately diagnosed and treated acute pain can result in serious, lifelong physiologic and psychologic consequences. Implementation of pain assessment tools can improve a veterinary hospital’s success in pain management.

Grapiprant for Control of Osteoarthritis Pain in Dogs

For centuries, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been used for pain control. However, their use has been associated with potentially life-threatening adverse drug events. Grapiprant is a novel drug for treatment of osteoarthritic pain in dogs. Approved in 2016, it is a non-cyclooxygenase (COX)-inhibiting NSAID.

Use of Acupuncture for Pain Management

While pharmacologic options remain the mainstays, nonpharmacologic interventions—including acupuncture—are an important and safe part of a comprehensive pain management plan for animals.

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