Animal Welfare Article: What are the options for managing pain in a different way?

Friday, May 1, 2020
Veterinary Practice

Non-conventional analgesics may be useful when traditional drugs are insufficient or need to be avoided

To manage pain, it is helpful to understand how it is recognised and altered by the body. This is called the pain pathway and consists of four different stages. Different analgesic drugs work at various levels of the pain pathway, so you can interrupt the signal getting to the brain at different levels (Table 1). This use of multimodal analgesia (using several analgesics targeting different parts of the pain path-way) has been associated with improved pain control com-pared to monotherapy and a lower incidence of side effects, as the quantity of individual drugs needed is lower.

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