Behavioural changes associated with pain in companion animals
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Behavioural changes associated with pain in companion animals

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This book deals with pain in companion animals and how it affects their welfare, health and, of course, behaviour. It describes the difficulties encountered, throughout history, to finally reach the conclusion that animals and humans share the same neurophysiological mechanisms to feel pain, and what their sensitive pathways are. It then goes deeper into the changes that pain can cause in the behaviour of dogs and cats and the tools available to the veterinary surgeon to control it. Good veterinary practice and professional ethics lead us to try to reduce pain in animals as much as possible. Having a book such as this one can help us achieve this objective.

Tomàs Camps Morey

Graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2004. Master’s degree in Clinical Ethology by the UAB in the same year. He has been a Diplomate of the ECAWBM -European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine- since 2011. He was in charge of a private clinical animal behaviour service for four years.

Since 2009 he has been part of the Nutrition and Animal Welfare Service (SNIBA, Servicio de Nutrición y Bienestar Animal) of the UAB. He is also a veterinary surgeon at the Ethology Service of the UAB Veterinary Clinical Hospital and has been president of the Clinical Ethology Group of the Spanish Association of Veterinary Surgeons Specialised in Small Animals (GrETCA, Grupo de Etología Clínica de AVEPA) since 2009.

Marta Amat

PhD in Veterinary Medicine. Diplomate of the ECAWBM, European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine.

Veterinary surgeon at the Ethology Service of the UAB Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Clinical Hospital since 2001. Head of the Ethology Service since January 2009.

1. General concepts and physiology of pain General concepts Definition of pain and nociception History of pain in animals. Are they able to experience pain? Is it important to prevent and treat pain in animals? Veterinary medicine and pain: treatment and prevention Myths about analgesics Physiology of pain Transduction Transmission Perception Modulation Types of pain Pain in neonates Neurological development Degree of maturation of the CNS at birth Bibliography 2. Identification, causes and treatment of pain in companion animals Classification of pain Identification of the signs of pain Individual differences in the expression of pain Behavioural changes How to measure pain Simple descriptive scales Visual analogue scale (VAS) Dynamic and interactive visual analogue scale (DIVAS) Variable rating scales Causes of pain Routine procedures Diseases and lesions Surgeries Labour Treatment of pain Drug treatment Handling and housing conditions Nutraceuticals Other therapies Appendix Appendix Bibliography 3. Pain and behavioural problems Aggressive behaviour and pain Introduction Mechanisms involved in the appearance of aggressive behaviour Treatment of pain-related agressive behaviour problems Compulsive behaviour and pain Introduction How compulsive behaviour is developed Predisposing factors Relationship between pain and compulsive behaviour Diseases that can trigger a compulsive disorder associated with pain Treatment Pain and fear, phobia and anxiety General concepts Factors involved in the appearance of fear Neurophysiology of fear Mechanisms of fear induction caused by pain Fear problems Clinical case Clinical case Clinical case Bibliography 4. Companion animal welfare and pain Definition and general concepts Definition of animal welfare Pain and welfare New approaches to welfare Bibliography 
  • Idioma Inglés
  • Autor/es Marta Amat Grau, Tomàs Camps Morey
  • Año de edición 2012
  • Nº Páginas 160
  • Encuadernación Hard cover
  • Tamaño 17 X 24

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