How to manage acute on top of chronic pain in your veterinary patients

How to manage acute on top of chronic pain in your veterinary patients

Pain + pain = pain squared? Some advice from Dr. Michael Petty on how to get that pain score back to 0.

A case scenario: Rufus, who is already combatting long-term osteoarthritis (OA), is in the exam room because he was injured in an incident with a neighbor dog. He'll likely need some pain medication on top of what he might already be receiving for his OA. Oh. Eh. What to do?

We asked Michael Petty, DVM, CVPP, CVMA, CCRT, CAAPM, what he does in situations like this, fresh from his presentation on this very topic at the recent CVC Virginia Beach. Dr. Petty says older animals—the ones more likely to have chronic pain—can't quite handle medications as well as their younger brethren, so reduce the dose at first. Hear more from Dr. Petty:

Want more details? Dr. Petty will be back at CVC Kansas City, so you can catch him in person to get the whole scoop.