Pain Management in Small Animals

a Manual for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians


  • Debbie Doyle (nee Grant), MA, VetMB, MRCVS, Field Based Veterinary Adviser, Pfizer Animal Health, Surrey, UK

This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. It explores the vital role the veterinary nurse plays in achieving pain-free recovery for sick or injured small animals and exotic pets. It provides in-depth coverage of both the physical and psychological effects of pain and focuses on the ethical obligation to maximize quality of life through pain management. This book also examines current evidence for effective pain management, including how research findings can be translated into everyday practice.
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Book information

  • Published: May 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8812-3

Table of Contents

1. Concepts of Pain Management in Animals

2. Evidence that Animals Feel Pain, and its Consequences

3. Assessing Pain in Animals

4. Methods of Pain Scoring in Animals

5. The Physiology of Pain

6. The Opioid Analgesic Drugs

7. The Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Analgesic Drugs, NSAIDs

8. Other Analgesic Drugs

9. Management of Acute Pain

10. Adjunctive Methods of Pain Management

11. Chronic Pain Management and Quality of Life