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The Pain Management Issue: The State of Pain: Our Expert Roundtable Delves Into Pain Management

March 2019

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Articles in this issue

Inside AAHA

Pam Nichols, DVM, CCRP, director on the AAHA board, discusses pain management and its changes over her career thus far. The new “Dear AAHA” section addresses the question of whether clients can donate unused medication, and AAHA's new 2019 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats have been published. Plus, how to improve profitability using Financial and Productivity Pulsepoints.
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This month's Notebook focuses on the theme of this issue: pain management. Articles cover clients' perceptions of animal pain, pain and personality in animals, improved awareness and management of pain in ovariohysterectomy patients, the "caregiver placebo effect," and an infographic on the cost of pain.
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The State of Pain: The 2019 Pain Management (Virtual) Roundtable

Trends asked a panel of experts on pain management to talk about everything from how pain management has changed over the years to the use of rehabilitation, and even a look into the future. Unlike a traditional roundtable, where the panel members sit down together and have a conversation, this one is “virtual” because all our respondents were asked and responded to questions via email. Responses have been edited for length. Panel experts are Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR; Robin Downing, DVM, MS (Bioethics), DAIPM, DACVSMR, CVPP, CCRP; Ralph C. Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVAA; Patrice Mich, DVM, MS, DACVSMR, DACVAA, DABVP, CCRT; Pam Nichols, DVM, CCRP; Michael Petty, DVM; and Caitlin Tearney, DVM, DACVAA.
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Emotional Pain in Companion Animals: Often Overlooked, Rarely Absent

Emotional pain in animals is not a clearly defined area, but it is a real thing. Sometimes identified as simply "stress," emotional pain can include loneliness, fear, separation anxiety, or even boredom. But these negative emotions can lead to undesirable behavior and contribute to the continuum of pain, stress, and fear. Identifying if an animal is suffering emotional pain is the first step.`
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No More Me-OW!: Pain Tips to Get Feline Patients Purring

Cats often suffer pain in secrecy. That’s why it typically takes their veterinarians to draw out owners about behaviors, to be aware of the clues to feline pain, and to know how and when pain is correctly managed. We asked four veterinarians to suggest pain management protocols they like to use and to offer their outlooks on the future.
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A Growing Case for Cannabis: How Expanded Research Is Clearing Up Cannabis Confusion

As the legal status of cannabis changes in the US and Canada and more pet owners have access to cannabis products for their own ailments, more are interested in trying to help their pets with these same products. But ask a group of veterinarians about cannabis, and most will express their concern over the lack of scientific data surrounding its use.
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Advocating for Pets: The Vital Role of Veterinary Technicians in Pain Management

Veterinary technicians are on the front line of pain management for patients, from initial pain assessment and handling techniques to anesthesia and analgesia, post-op care, follow up, physical therapy, laser treatments, and communicating with clients. This article explores the important role of vet techs in pain management, including interviews with nationally recognized experts and excerpts from the AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.
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In the Community: Job Shadowing and Externships Mentor a Community's Youth

Michigan Road Animal Hospital at Crooked Creek in Indianapolis, Indiana, has been offering job shadowing and externships, both formally and informally, for the past 10 years. Its participants come from area elementary schools, high schools, trade schools, and veterinary schools.
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