From the Publisher
" … 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
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."
"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."
"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
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Maureen McMichael, DVM, DACVECC (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: Pain pathophysiology, assessment, and treatment are covered in depth in this comprehensive review of pain management in small animals, which is particularly well illustrated with color diagrams and clinically useful pictures and tables.
Purpose: The book reviews the complex pathophysiology behind various types of pain (for example, osteoarthritis vs. cancer vs. postoperative) and thoroughly covers the mechanism of action of nearly all clinically relevant analgesic agents currently available to practicing veterinarians. Treatment options are exhaustively covered, ranging from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and narcotics (opioids), to rehabilitation and acupuncture therapy.
Audience: This is a resource for veterinary students and general practitioners, as well as non-veterinarian animal scientists/researchers who wish to review the complex pathophysiology of pain. The book may also be a resource for specialized veterinary technicians studying for certifying exams.
Features: A comprehensive table of contents makes it easy to quickly locate a particular topic of interest. The chapters are well organized and include very useful images and charts. The book is an easy read in the sense that it does not overwhelm with overly verbose text, which is sometimes the case in specialty medicine textbooks. Despite this, the book is written in a sophisticated manner that is appropriate for veterinary students and researchers/practicing veterinarians alike. Practicing veterinarians will find the chapter with case examples of multimodal therapy quite useful, as they will the chapter on performing pain, lameness, and orthopedic exams. The latter is particularly well done, with color photos on how to perform the various examinations. Few books on the market cover such topics, and practicing veterinarians will find this a great resource. This book is also unique because it devotes an entire chapter to the challenging nature of detecting and treating pain in cats. The index is well organized and easy to use.
Assessment: Although there are many books on the anesthesia of small animal patients, relatively few provide a comprehensive review of pain pathophysiology and treatment modalities like this one does. The "example protocols" section provides a quick reference for practicing veterinarians to use. Although the book notes previously that subcutaneous absorption of many medications is highly variable and often ineffective, that is not repeated here, although it would have been helpful. A few parts of the book are outdated, such as the protocols that include medetomidine, which has largely been replaced with dexmedetomidine clinically, and the recent literature findings showing that fentanyl patches may be ineffective in dogs and cats. Overall, however, 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.