Chronic Pain in Small Animal Medicine

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Overview

Chronic pain is unlike acute pain, it lasts beyond the time necessary for healing and resists normal treatment.  The primary indicator of chronic pain is not how long it persists, but whether it remains long after it should have disappeared.  No one patient feels pain in the same way and yet in veterinary medicine the patient’s pain is generally assessed based on a single standard.  There is increasing focus in veterinary medicine on measuring and resolving pain and suffering.  This focus is being supported by an increased understanding of pain neurophysiology, a greater offering of innovative pharmacological treatments, and consumer demand.  This book is written for the veterinary health care professional seeking a greater depth of knowledge in the mechanisms of pain accompanying chronic disease states, and potential targets for treatment.  It goes beyond common protocols by focusing on the latest evidence and our understanding of ‘why and how to treat’.  It strikes a balance between current physiological and biochemical theories of pain transmission without losing sight of the practical need for such information.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Guillaume R Ragetly, DVM, PhD (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is a complete guide to small animal pain in a well-illustrated and accessible format.
Purpose: It is a very detailed review of the basic and advanced principles of pain, with a focus on chronic disease including osteoarthritis and cancer pain.
Audience: The book is written primarily for general small animal practitioners, students, or specialists wishing to get better informed about the mechanism and treatment of pain that accompanies chronic disease.
Features: After detailing the general pathophysiology of pain, the book covers pharmacologic agents and the multimodal management modalities available for treatment of chronic pain in general or due to osteoarthritis or other diseases. The user-friendly format with excellent art and references make this book attractive for veterinarians wanting to learn more about this subject. The discussion of osteoarthritis is very detailed, helping readers become very familiar with this disease.
Assessment: This is a very good guide to the understanding and management of pain, particularly as a result of a chronic condition. It is a very helpful reference that gives all the keys to practitioners looking for the most up-to-date information on pain in small animals.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Guillaume R Ragetly, DVM, PhD (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is a complete guide to small animal pain in a well-illustrated and accessible format.
Purpose: It is a very detailed review of the basic and advanced principles of pain, with a focus on chronic disease including osteoarthritis and cancer pain.
Audience: The book is written primarily for general small animal practitioners, students, or specialists wishing to get better informed about the mechanism and treatment of pain that accompanies chronic disease.
Features: After detailing the general pathophysiology of pain, the book covers pharmacologic agents and the multimodal management modalities available for treatment of chronic pain in general or due to osteoarthritis or other diseases. The user-friendly format with excellent art and references make this book attractive for veterinarians wanting to learn more about this subject. The discussion of osteoarthritis is very detailed, helping readers become very familiar with this disease.
Assessment: This is a very good guide to the understanding and management of pain, particularly as a result of a chronic condition. It is a very helpful reference that gives all the keys to practitioners looking for the most up-to-date information on pain in small animals.
From the Publisher
"It offers vets and trainees alike knowledge of chronic diseases, treatment options, and the latest evidence supporting treatment choices, and is packed with physiological and biochemical theories of pain treatment alike. A top pick for any vet's collection." (The Midwest Book Review, 1 February 2011)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840761245
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations

Section I

Ch. 1 Physiology of pain

Ch. 2 Pathophysiology of osteoarthritic pain

Ch. 3 Pathophysiology of cancer pain

Section II

Ch. 4 Pharmacologics (drug classes)

Ch. 5 Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Ch. 6 Nutraceuticals

Section III

Ch. 7 Multimodal management of pain

Ch. 8 Multimodal management for canine osteoarthritis

Ch. 9 Chronic pain in selected physiological systems: Ophthalmic, aural, and dental

Case reports

References

Glossary

Index

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