Pain management is a critical issue

Check the perceived level of pain associated with different conditions and use free WSAVA and JSAP resources to help keep your patients pain-free!

Small prey species' behaviour and welfare – are you up to speed?

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In a review article published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP), Dr Anne McBride provides insight into the environments of small prey mammals kept as pets and provides practical suggestions for welfare provision both in the veterinary clinic and day-to-day management by owners.

Watch and learn with VetFolio’s Surgery Library

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Postintubation tracheal tears in cats

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An inadvertent tracheal tear can follow a routine procedure that requires anesthesia with sometimes devastating consequences. Criticalist Jane E.

Recognizing & Assessing for Acute Pain: Protocol & Examples


The ability to experience pain is universally shared by all mammals, including companion animals, and as members of the veterinary healthcare team it is our moral and ethical duty to mitigate this suffering to the best of our ability. While there may be regional differences on analgesic therapeutic modalities available to veterinarians, the ability to recognize and assess pain should be a universal skill shared by all veterinarians made possible through education and a commitment to implement at every patient interaction. Pain assessment is the 4th vital sign, which encompasses temperature, pulse, respiration, as well as a nutritional assessment.

The WSAVA Guidelines on the Recognition, Assessment, and Treatment of Pain has succinct but comprehensive overviews of recognizing and assessment of both acute and chronic pain in dogs and cats. Dogs and cats demonstrate pain differently and acute pain manifests itself differently from its chronic counterpart.

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The Top 5 Dental Emergencies

Emergent dental presentations range from injury to disease conditions. Explore some of the most common in this article by Judy Rochette, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, West Coast Veterinary Dental Services, Vancouver, British Columbia 

Peer-reviewed research - Test your thinking

Compare your critical approach to published research with Nick Jeffery, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Iowa State University, in this article from the Journal of Small Animal Practice, our Official Scientific Journal

Repositioning or Enucleation of the Proptosed Globe

Save the eye or save sight? Several factors pertain to this decision. Review them in this article by Ron Ofri, DVM, PhD, DECVO, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 

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Is the patient with traumatic proptosis of the globe a candidate for repositioning or enucleation?

Procedures Pro: The Physical Examination

Author: Alice Defarges, DVM, DACVIM, Ontario Veterinary College

Review all the components of a thorough examination in this article from Clinician's Brief Global Edition, brought to you by the WSAVA

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