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Analgesia for Cats: Can we do better?

Analgesia for Cats: Can we do better?

Analgesia for Cats: Can we do better?

Sheilah Robertson, DVMS (Hons), PhD, DECVAA, DACVAA, Dip ECAWBM (WSEL), DACAW, MRCVS
Sheilah Robertson, DVMS (Hons), PhD, DECVAA, DACVAA, Dip ECAWBM (WSEL), DACAW, MRCVS
on behalf of American Association of Feline Practitioners

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Launch date: 12 Sep 2016
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Last updated: 04 Apr 2021

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Kimberly Muller (3 Feb 2019)
An informative course. Enjoyed the several real case examples and videos. Brings to light factors that can be commonly missed or dismissed in feline pain relief.
Trudy Salerno (15 Dec 2018)
Very informative at a reasonable pace.
Hannah Levy (12 Jun 2018)
The information was good but the fact that I had to constantly tap pages and arrows made the CE very tedious.

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Description

Successful pain management requires Anticipation, Assessment, and Alleviation of pain (the 3 “A’s”).
We will explore the pain tools currently available for acute pain assessment in cats, including factors that can confound their use including fear, stress and anesthetic drugs. Appropriate preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative administration of analgesic agents is required to provide comfort during the recovery period and to prevent persistent postoperative pain. Timing and duration of treatment will vary with the type of surgery. Examples of a multimodal approach using opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, and local anesthetics will be used to emphasize the different mechanisms of pain that are at play in our patients.

Objectives

Objective 1
To outline the mechanisms of acute pain
Objective 2
To demonstrate the use and value of feline pain scoring tools
Objective 3
To discuss the pros and cons of currently available analgesic drugs for cats
Objective 4
To describe practical analgesic and anesthetic protocols for a variety of diagnostic and surgical procedures
Sheilah Robertson, DVMS (Hons), PhD, DECVAA, DACVAA, Dip ECAWBM (WSEL), DACAW, MRCVS

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Sheilah Robertson, DVMS (Hons), PhD, DECVAA, DACVAA, Dip ECAWBM (WSEL), DACAW, MRCVS
on behalf of American Association of Feline Practitioners

Dr. Robertson received her veterinary training at the University of Glasgow followed by specialized training in anesthesia and a PhD at the University of Bristol. She is board certified in anesthesia and animal welfare by the respective American and European Colleges and is trained in small animal acupuncture. Her research interests include assessment of pain and use of opioids in cats and the development of anesthetic protocols for pediatric patients and large scale spay and neuter clinics. She was a faculty member at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Florida and served an assistant director in the Animal Welfare Division of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She is currently on faculty at Michigan State University.

Current Accreditations

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
  • 1.00 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
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    Exam Pass Rate: 70
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    Reference: 25728
  • New York State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
  • 1.00 Hours

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Conflicts Declared

Conflicts of Interest declaration by Author:

Dr. Robertson has acted as a key opinion leader and speaker for Abbott Animal Health and Zoetis (formerly Pfizer animal health), Novartis Animal Health (now Elanco), Elanco and Aratana therapeutics.

User Reviews (3)

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Kimberly Muller (3 Feb 2019)
An informative course. Enjoyed the several real case examples and videos. Brings to light factors that can be commonly missed or dismissed in feline pain relief.
Trudy Salerno (15 Dec 2018)
Very informative at a reasonable pace.
Hannah Levy (12 Jun 2018)
The information was good but the fact that I had to constantly tap pages and arrows made the CE very tedious.

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