Managing the Pain of Feline Degenerative Joint Disease
Pain caused by DJD can be managed using an amalgamation of drugs and nonpharmaceutical options.
Managing pain in cats with DJD can be challenging; fortunately, several options exist.
WSAVA’s Global Pain Council Aims to Raise Standards of Pain Management by ‘Teaching the Teachers’
The Global Pain Council of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has launched a program called ‘Teach the Teachers,’ which aims to create a global network of key opinion leaders (teachers) in pain management, who are motivated to propagate and disseminate their knowledge within their regions.
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.
Osteoarthritis Staging Tool for Dogs Now Available
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of chronic pain in dogs. The COAST staging tool is expected to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of dogs with OA.
Survey: What U.S. Veterinarians Know About Medical Marijuana
Most surveyed veterinarians think medical marijuana can help dogs, despite not being able to prescribe it. And a majority are not even willing to discuss it with clients.
Gabapentin and Amantadine for Chronic Pain: Is Your Dose Right?
Pain management is an important element of chronic conditions, and the use of gabapentin and amantadine for dogs and cats is a possible treatment.
The scientific mechanisms of gabapentin and amantadine support their use as part of analgesic protocols for chronic pain relief in dogs and cats. Each can effectively treat chronic pain, but how do you know when to choose one drug over the other?
Canine & Feline Pain Management: Expert Insight into Practitioners’ Top Questions
Pain management in dogs and cats can be challenging because clinicians often have to rely on the observations of owners…
Feline Anesthesia & Analgesia: Recent Developments
There are approximately 74.1 million pet cats in the United States1 but, despite this popularity, anesthesia and analgesia remain challenging in cats. Surprisingly few anesthetic and analgesic products are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in cats, but several new products have become recently available. The v-gel provides a protected and secured airway, allowing use of positive pressure ventilation and administration of inhalant anesthetics without exposure to staff or the environment. It can also be used for emergency resuscitation if an endotracheal tube is not available.