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J Feline Med Surg. 2010 Mar;12(3):188-99. doi: 10.1016/j.jfms.2010.01.002.

Long-term pain in cats: how much do we know about this important welfare issue?

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  • 1University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA. robertson@vetmed.ufl.edu

Abstract

PRACTICAL RELEVANCE:

Long-term pain in cats is an important welfare issue but is often overlooked and undertreated.

AUDIENCE:

All practitioners are faced with cats that require analgesic intervention to improve their quality of life.

PATIENT GROUP:

Any cat may potentially experience long-term pain and discomfort. Degenerative joint disease and diabetic-related pain is more common in middle-aged or older individuals, whereas persistent postsurgical pain can occur at any age and is seen in young cats following onychectomy.

EVIDENCE BASE:

Robust evidence on long-term pain issues in cats - specifically, relating to prevalence, etiology, and treatment protocols and outcomes - is missing from the veterinary literature. The aim of this review is to summarise the current state of knowledge. In doing so, it takes a practical approach, highlighting the obvious, and some not so obvious, causes of long-term pain in cats; some aspects that warrant closer attention; our ability to recognize pain and monitor how this impacts on quality of life; and today's treatment options.

PMID:
20193910
DOI:
10.1016/j.jfms.2010.01.002
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