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  1. A very interesting article. It throws up so many more questions & highlights further issues.

    Why do our animal companions always have to be the ones who suffer due to the selfish, thoughtless incompetence & idiocy of humans?

    One way for vets to improve pain management, might be for all vets to study animal behaviour in more depth than is currently taught. I find that despite some small increments in improving understanding, too much of an individual vet’s personal beliefs & prejudice influence pain management, whatever drugs are available. This is also a massive issue in human medicine. Fashion in analgesia is also a big factor. How many times has one heard a doctor or nurse state with 100% certainty “you shouldn’t be in pain” & the classic “it’s all in your head”

    Cat carers could also learn about feline pain behaviour which would help in accurately describing how their cat is responding or not.

    Vets could pay more attention to cat carers when they describe their cat’s behavioural pain expression. Too often carers are dismissed as purveyors of useless anecdote. A little effort in exploring the carer’s description of the cat’s pain, often yields a clue as to whether a medicine is working or not.

    I am eternally grateful to the good nurses & vets who go the extra mile in working to ensure the patient is comfortable. If you find a vet who puts analgesia high on the priority list, stuck with ’em. If your vet stands there, insisting your cat’s is not in pain when your poor cat is explicitly displaying every known pain behaviour in the book (and then some). run for the hills.

    For declawing, the question should be irrelevant, the surgery should never take place, unless to save a paw due to injury or disease of individual toes.

    It’s time that humans stopped carrying out barbaric surgeries on animals for the sake of shallow ego & money.

    Less than 20 years ago I personally heard a vet state that ” animals don’t feel pain like we do” That vets is still practicing. I have no doubt that younger vets are spouting this rubbish when their seniors have an issue believing that other species even perceive pain.

    • You are a person after my heart. We think alike.

      “…too much of an individual vet’s personal beliefs & prejudice influence pain management, whatever drugs are available.”

      Totally agree.

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