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Assessment of acute pain in cats: signs, tools and limitations

By K. L. White

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Recent advances in pain assessment in companion animals represent a tenacious, painstaking and time-consuming dedication to improving animal welfare. Attitudes and knowledge about pain assessment, particularly in cats, have changed dramatically in the past few decades, representing a very obvious shift to prioritising analgesia, which is important from an ethical and humane standpoint. Time for training and practising pain assessment must be created in the veterinary team, to ensure consistency for intervention and improving practice. Adopting pain assessment as one of the 'vital signs' in the hospitalised patient evaluation is a progressive and necessary step. Discussing pain assessment with cat owners, and providing resources about pain assessment, will optimise welfare, strengthen the human-animal bond and ultimately improve the client-practice relationship and reputation.

Publication Title Companion Animal
Volume 21
Issue 8
Pages 458-465
ISBN/ISSN 2053-0899
DOI 10.12968/coan.2016.21.8.458
Language English
Author Address School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough LE12 5RD, UK.
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  1. Analgesia
  2. Anesthesia
  3. Animal behavior
  4. Animals
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Behavioral research
  7. Carnivores
  8. Cats
  9. Clinical aspects
  10. Diseases and injuries of animals
  11. Mammals
  12. Pain
  13. Pets and companion animals
  14. Pharmacology & Pharmacy
  15. vertebrates
  16. Veterinary pharmacology
  17. Veterinary sciences
  18. welfare
  19. Zoology