Attitudes of Swiss veterinarians towards pain and analgesia in dogs and cats.

Perret-Gentil, F.; Doherr, Marcus; Spadavecchia, Claudia; Levionnois, Olivier (2014). Attitudes of Swiss veterinarians towards pain and analgesia in dogs and cats. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 156(3), pp. 111-117. Huber 10.1024/0036-7281/a000560

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A survey was performed to evaluate the use of perioperative analgesia in dogs and cats by veterinary practitioners. Questions were grouped in seven sections recording personal data, education in veterinary analgesia, general ideology regarding treatment of perioperative pain, personal experience, assessment, and use of main analgesics to treat perioperative pain. A total of 258 received forms were analyzed. Based on 5 questions, 88 % showed excellent motivation to use perioperative pain therapy. The main reason declared for the use of analgesics was to relieve the patient from pain (64.1 %). Most veterinarians reported to routinely administer analgesics before (71 - 96 %) or after (2 - 23 %) surgery. The most used analgesics were non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (carprofen, meloxicam) and opioids (butorphanol, buprenorphine). Animals were routinely evaluated for pain after recovery. Only 43.8 % of veterinarians declared to use loco-regional anaesthesia. Swiss veterinarians appear to recognize well the need for perioperative pain treatment. However, weakness was shown in evaluating pain severity, distinguishing between opioid classes, and using loco-regional anaesthesia.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > DKV - Anaesthesiology

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Doherr, Marcus; Spadavecchia, Claudia and Levionnois, Olivier


600 Technology > 630 Agriculture
600 Technology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Helene Rohrbach Rüegsegger

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17 Dec 2014 16:56

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21 Jan 2016 16:54

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Analgesie, Hund, Katze, Schmerz, Schweiz, Umfrage, analgesia, cats, dogs, pain, Switzerland, survey




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