Pain Management for the Feline Patient

Across the globe cat ownership is on the rise with more than 30% of American households owning at least one feline companion. Over the years improved preventative medicine has extended the lifespan of many companion animal species, including cats, which has led to a large increase in the geriatric population. With age comes many of the same aches and pains we as humans experience such as joint, bone and muscle pain, dental pain, cancer pain,…

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Ventricular Arrhythmias Under Anesthesia in Dogs and Cats – When Do You Worry?

Electrocardiograms (ECGs) are commonly performed during routine anesthesia to monitor the heart rate and rhythm of your canine and feline patients. ECGs help assess the patient’s cardiovascular stability. Various arrhythmias can be encountered during an anesthetic event and ventricular arrhythmias are one of the more insidious types. Ventricular arrhythmias are abnormal, premature beats, originating from the ventricles. These beats can be differentiated from normal sinus beats because they are not associated with a p-wave, are…

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Using Laser therapy, Acupuncture, and the Assisi Loop for Alternative Pain Management in Dogs and Cats

Our Spring Issue of The MedVet Updateincluded information about opioid shortages and new ways to manage acute and perioperative pain.The opioid shortage has brought to light the opportunity to share some additional options for managing pain in dogs and cats. Many of the options listed are newer technologies for veterinary medicine and some are rather ancient. We will review laser therapy, acupuncture, and the Assisi Loop for alternative pain management in dogs and cats. All, however, have…

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Opioid Shortages Require Veterinarians Consider New Ways to Manage their Patient’s Acute and/or Perioperative Pain

Opioid analgesics represent an important part of acute, perioperative pain management in veterinary medicine. Many veterinarians in private practice are having trouble obtaining fentanyl, morphine, hydromorphone and methadone. These represent the most commonly used pure mu opioid agonists in many veterinary hospitals. The AVMA released a statement on 2/26/18 noting the opioid shortages affecting many veterinarians since late 2017 will persist into 2019. As such, veterinarians may be presented with the challenge of…

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Pre-anesthetic Evaluation Tips for Your Veterinary Patients

General anesthesia poses significant risk to small animals, with dogs and cats potentially experiencing anything from minor complications to anesthetic related death. A thorough pre-anesthetic evaluation is crucial for identifying dogs and cats that are at increased risk and also aids in designing the optimal anesthetic protocol for a given patient. Here are some helpful tips for pre-anesthetic screening. Pertinent Medical History A detailed history is important for uncovering clues about the patient’s physical status. For…

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