• The BSAVA Guide to Pain Management in Small Animal Practice is an essential reference guide for use in daily practice by all members of the veterinary team. Presented in an easy-to-read instructional format, this guide is intended to give practitioners practical information on pain management for small animals, including cats and dogs, birds, rabbits and exotic pets, with an emphasis on patient welfare and evidence-based medicine.

    The early chapters lay the foundations of pain management, including the physiology of pain, acute and chronic pain, pharmacological treatment and physical treatment. The following chapters focus on particular pain scenarios, such as dental pain and cancer pain, using authors’ perspectives and case examples to enhance guidelines.

  • 1 Introduction
    Ian Self

    2 Physiology of pain
    Tamara Grubb and Ian Self

    3 Acute and perioperative pain
    Jo Murrell and Briony Alderson

    4 Chronic and osteoarthritic pain
    Kate White and James Hunt

    5 Pharmacological treatment of pain
    Freddie Corletto and Colette Jolliffe

    6A Physical methods used to alleviate pain: nursing considerations
    Fiona Scarlett

    6B Physical therapies used to alleviate pain: complementary therapies
    Samantha Lindley

    7A Trauma/emergency pain
    Dominic Barfield

    7B Thoracic pain
    Ana Marques

    7C Abdominal pain
    Caroline Kisielewicz

    7D Neuropathic pain
    Annette Wessmann

    7E Dental pain
    Cecilia Gorrel

    7F Ophthalmic pain
    Carl Bradbrook

    7G Orthopaedic pain
    Kinley Smith

    7H Cancer pain
    Iain Grant

    7I Pain in rabbits
    Jo Hedley

    7J Pain in birds
    Steve Smith

    7F Pain in other exotic pets
    Jenna Richardson and Kevin Eatwell

    Appendix 1: Pain scales

    Appendix 2: Major blocks

    Appendix 3: WHO pain relief ladder


  • Ian Self, BSc, BVSc, PGCert, VetEd, FHEA, CertVA, DipECVAA, MRCVS, is a Liverpool graduate and a RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. After graduation, Ian worked in mixed, small animal and emergency practice in Northwest England for 9 years before going back to academia to become an anaesthesia specialist. Ian is currently Associate Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia at Nottingham Vet School; he has a keen interest in anaesthesia simulation, respiratory physiology, pain and the assessment of sedation.