Pain – an introduction

68 Pain – an introduction

Almost all pet owners equate pain with a poor quality of life. It is important to recognize the presence of pain in a disease process and to put it into perspective for the owner by discussing definitive and palliative treatment and the duration and severity of pain expected.

The sensation of pain is a subjective interpretation of a noxious stimulus which is transmitted to the cerebral cortex via sensory nerves, dorsal spinal roots, spinal tracts and thalamic nuclei (Fig. 68.1).

The presence of pain in an animal is inferred by the animal’s altered behaviour, posture or gait.

Sep 3, 2016 | Posted by in SMALL ANIMAL | Comments Off on Pain – an introduction

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