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?
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?
Consider This Case:
Senior Cat with Front Paw Swelling & Pain
Stephanie Apple, DVM Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Sandra Diaz, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVD Ohio State University A 15-year-old castrated male domestic shorthair cat presented with a 2-month history of progressive lameness, swelling, and pain in its right front paw. HISTORY The patient was an indoor only cat. No other animals in the household were …
Managing Chronic Pain in Dogs and Cats, Part 3: Management of Nonosteoarthritic Pain Conditions
Part 3 of a comprehensive look at managing chronic pain in dogs and cats. Here, an overview of nonosteoarthritic pain conditions.
Managing Chronic Pain in Dogs and Cats, Part 2: The Best of the Rest in the Management of Osteoarthritis
Part 2 of a comprehensive look at managing chronic pain in dogs and cats. Here, an in-depth look at managing osteoarthritis.
Assessment Of Acute Pain In Cats
Sheilah Robertson, BVMS (Hons), PhD, MRCVS, Diplomate ECVAA, ACVAA, ACAW, & ECAWBM (Welfare Science, Ethics and Law) Michigan State University The first of a 2-part series, Dr. Robertson emphasizes the importance of accurate pain assessment in order to provide the best pain management. To appropriately assess and treat pain in cats, the health care provider …
Managing Chronic Pain In Cats & Dogs Part 1: The Two Most Important Tools in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis
Part 1 of a comprehensive look at managing chronic pain in dogs and cats. Here, an overview of osteoarthritis, including a treatment plan.