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Pain Management in Small Animal Medicine

1st Edition

By Steven M Fox

CRC Press

416 pages | 238 Color Illus.

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Pain Management in Small Animal Medicine describes and clearly illustrates the difficulties and choices facing veterinarians in identifying and treating pain, in addition to providing an account of the neurobiological mechanisms responsible for the pain.

Expanded from the author’s previous work, Chronic Pain in Small Animal Medicine, this volume uses the original text to illustrate the core theme of "mechanism base" and expands the text considerably with the inclusion of areas beyond chronic pain.

Topics include:

  • Pain assessment in small animal medicine
  • The functional physiology of pain
  • The use of pharmacologics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Nutraceutical mechanisms and therapy
  • Management of pain related to canine osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal disease, and cancer
  • Pain management features unique to cats

Emphasizing the latest evidence and contemporary understanding of "why" and "how" to treat pain, the book will enable veterinary healthcare professionals as well as those in training, education, and research to develop a greater depth of knowledge in mechanisms of pain and potential targets for treatment— thereby raising the standard of care for pain management.


" … this book's comprehensive review of pain pathophysiology is one of the best on the market. The diagrams rival those seen in human pain management books, which is something that cannot be said for most veterinary books on the topic." (4 stars)

—Maureen McMichael, DVM, DACVECC (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine) in Doody’s Review Service

"This ground-breaking and extremely clinician-friendly book constitutes a wonderfully practical handbook for instigating and maintaining a best practice approach to pain management. At the same time it is an invaluable, easy to use, quick reference for drug dosages and protocols pre-operatively, post-operatively and in the consulting room."

—Debbie Doyle, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, in VETcpd

"Finally I have found a book that does not only talk about pain but also talks specifically about feline pain! A useful guide to understanding the physiology of pain and pharmacokinetics of both drugs and nutraceuticals. It offers the knowledge that allows us to assess and monitor our patients and better understand what the best options available to manage the identified problems are. It provides multiple resources links including the ISFM and AAFP guidelines on long-term use of NSAIDs. … Great book for those who want a guide to understanding the phenomenon of pain and its management. Good presentation of available resources supported by a thorough literature review. Much more than just a ‘painkillers recipe book’."

—Agnieszka Zoltowska, BVSc MRCVS, in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

Critical acclaim for the author's previous book, Chronic Pain in Small Animal Medicine:

"A landmark publication that has the potential to considerably progress the management of chronic pain in veterinary patients."

Veterinary Practice

"Well illustrated…highly readable and accessible format…recommended to any veterinary surgeon with an interest in analgesia or who simply wishes to improve their understanding of pain in a clinical context."

Journal of Small Animal Practice

"Merits a place in the university and practice library, especially as a reference text."

Veterinary Record

"A very good guide to the understanding and management of pain, particularly as a result of a chronic condition." (4 stars)

Doody's Review Service

Table of Contents

Background For Pain Management in Small Animal Practice

Communications in Small Animal Medicine Pain Management

Pain Assessment in Small Animal Medicine

Functional Physiology of Pain

Pharmacologics (various drug classes)

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Nutraceutical Mechanisms and Therapy

Multimodal Pain Management

Multimodal Management of Canine Osteoarthritis

Physical Rehabilitation in the Management of Musculoskeletal Disease

Cancer Pain

Pain Management Features Unique to the Cat

Selected Bandages, Casts, and Splints

Pain, Lameness, and the Orthopedic Examination

Appendix 1: Analgesic Drugs and Premedicants

Appendix 2: Case Examples of Multimodal Management

Appendix 3: Selected Patient Conditions and Suggested Physical Rehabilitation


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / Food Animal