Pain Management in Veterinary Practice

      According to the preface, this multi-author book, ‘seeks to improve the recognition, prevention and treatment of pain in animals’. How much does it contribute to this endeavour? In terms of concisely delivered information relevant to the practitioner, this text is excellent. It commences with an eloquent and well referenced discussion of pain from an animal welfare perspective. This is followed by chapters clearly and concisely explaining the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of pain. These chapters are used as a basis for the sections relating to the pharmacology of analgesic drugs; non-pharmacological approaches to pain management; a species-specific approach that covers the major domestic species, including the often forgotten birds, amphibians and reptiles. The book concludes with a section on ‘ how to’ incorporate pain management into daily veterinary practice.
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