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A look at chronic pain in cats

Published on Feb 1, 2017in Veterinary Nursing Journal
· DOI :10.1080/17415349.2016.1262217
Mary Ellen Goldberg1
Estimated H-index: 1
AbstractChronic pain is subtle and more difficult to recognise in both dog and cat patients. As veterinary nurses, we need to recognise both signs of chronic and neuropathic pain. Low-stress handling techniques should be employed with cats to reduce pain and distress that could exacerbate a pain state. While not many validated chronic pain scales are available for cats, assessment and recognition of feline chronic pain has been well described. Feline chronic pain conditions can be degenerative joint disease (DJD), non-DJD, nonmalignant pain and cancer pain. By learning about various feline chronic pain conditions and evidence-based treatments, we can alert our veterinarians quickly about changes that occur in the patient. One of our primary jobs is to educate owners about chronic pain to improve quality of life for our feline friends.
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Published on Aug 1, 2016in Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 1.58
Marta Amat9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Autonomous University of Barcelona),
Tomàs Camps4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Autonomous University of Barcelona),
X. Manteca28
Estimated H-index: 28
(Autonomous University of Barcelona)
Domestic cats are exposed to a variety of stressful stimuli, which may have a negative effect on the cats’ welfare and trigger a number of behavioural changes. Some of the stressors most commonly encountered by cats include changes in environment, inter-cat conflict, a poor human–cat relationship and the cat’s inability to perform highly motivated behaviour patterns. Stress is very likely to reduce feed intake, and stress-related anorexia may contribute to the development of potentially serious ...
Published on Jul 2, 2016in The Veterinary Nurse
Vicki J Adams1
Estimated H-index: 1
Cancer is a common diagnosis, affecting most species of animals. This is the first in a series of articles looking at how cancer affects companion animals and their owners, and what best practice means in the veterinary profession today. This first article gives an overview of cancer in companion animal species, documenting the most common cancers seen in various species, clinical presentation and the importance of early and accurate diagnosis with staging. The reference list includes review art...
Published on Mar 3, 2016in Veterinary Nursing Journal
Lauren Williams1
Estimated H-index: 1
AbstractCats are becoming more popular as pets, possibly because they are seen as more suitable for households in which both ‘parents’ are working– but that is a discussion for another day! Certainly, where I am based in London, research by the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PMFA) shows that the cat population has increased from 10% in 2013 to 12% in 2014 (pfma.org.uk). With this in mind, it is up to us to help our clients understand their feline pets better and in turn provide the best car...
Published on Nov 2, 2015in Companion Animal
Martha Cannon1
Estimated H-index: 1
Feline chronic gingiviostomatitis is a common, painful problem in cats, which can be frustrating to manage. It is an idiopathic condition, thought to occur when affected cats raise an inappropriate immune response against one of a range of oral antigens, some of which are a normal part of the oral environment while others are potential pathogens in their own right. As yet there is no management strategy that will reliably eliminate all signs of inflammation in every case, but with a combination ...
Published on Nov 1, 2015in in Practice 0.25
Rob Pettitt5
Estimated H-index: 5
(University of Liverpool),
Alexander J. German33
Estimated H-index: 33
(University of Liverpool)
Lameness in dogs will be a familiar part of any small animal practitioner9s caseload. Osteoarthritis is a common cause for this lameness, although it is often secondary to a primary inciting cause; so treatment and management may need to address the primary inciting cause as well as the pain associated with the arthritis. Management of the condition involves a combination of medical and surgical options, and weight management can often be crucial in reducing pain and improving patient mobility. ...
Published on Oct 1, 2015in Behavioural Brain Research 2.77
Dongdong Qin7
Estimated H-index: 7
(KIZ: Kunming Institute of Zoology),
Xunxun Chu4
Estimated H-index: 4
(KIZ: Kunming Institute of Zoology)
+ 10 AuthorsJiali Li12
Estimated H-index: 12
(KIZ: Kunming Institute of Zoology)
Abstract Diurnal animals are a better model for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) than nocturnal ones. Previous work with diurnal rodents demonstrated that short photoperiod conditions brought about depression-like behavior. However, rodents are at a large phylogenetic distance from humans. In contrast, nonhuman primates are closely similar to humans, making them an excellent candidate for SAD model. This study made the first attempt to develop SAD in rhesus macaque ( Macaca mulatta ) and it was...
Published on Nov 1, 2014in Psychoneuroendocrinology 4.01
J. M. Heinzmann7
Estimated H-index: 7
(MPG: Max Planck Society),
Stefan Kloiber27
Estimated H-index: 27
(MPG: Max Planck Society)
+ 7 AuthorsSilja McIlwrick3
Estimated H-index: 3
(MPG: Max Planck Society)
Summary Clear evidence has linked dysregulated hypothalamus–pituitary–adrenocortical (HPA) axis function to the aetiology and pathophysiology of major depression (MD), as observed in the majority of patients. Increased stress reactivity and hyperactivity of the HPA axis seem characteristic for psychotic/melancholic depression, while the atypical subtype of depression has been connected with the opposing phenotypes. However, the underlying molecular-genetic mechanisms are poorly understood. In th...
Maxim Moreau19
Estimated H-index: 19
Bertrand Lussier15
Estimated H-index: 15
+ 1 AuthorsEric Troncy23
Estimated H-index: 23
Over the past 2 decades the measurement of ground reaction forces (GRF) has been extensively used in dogs and cats to gain insights on normal locomotion, discrepancies under pathologic conditions, and biomechanical changes following surgical procedures. Ground reaction forces have become a well-established outcome measure of pain-related functional impairment in animals affected by experimental and naturally occurring osteoarthritis. This paper comprehensively reviews the nature of GRF and prese...
Published on Aug 28, 2014
Sheilah A. Robertson1
Estimated H-index: 1