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Introduction to Pain Management


Sandra Allweiler

, DVM, DACVAA, Department of Clinical Sciences, Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University

Last full review/revision Feb 2020 | Content last modified Feb 2020

Animals, just like people, feel pain when they are injured or sick. However, recognizing pain in animals can be difficult because animals do not act the same way that people do when they are in pain.

Pain management in veterinary medicine is a routine part of treatment plans. Pain and the types of behaviors associated with it are indicators of a physical problem. Evaluating the patient for the type and extent of the pain can help the veterinarian diagnose the problem and select appropriate treatment. Good pain management can help a sick or injured animal recover faster.

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