Pain relief
Is pain present?

Probably pain is an underestimated problem in dogs with cancer. After all, recognizing pain depends on many factors. One the one hand, the dog’s personality can cause him to hide the pain. On the other hand, some veterinarians and dog owners are more capable of assessing pain or administering analgesia than others. Furthermore, some tumor types are well-known to be painful, but it remains unknown for others.

These factors can lead to a suboptimal approach of the pain the dog may experience, which impacts his quality of life and can lead to physiological sequelae.

That is why it is important to assess each case separately: what is the severity and duration of the pain, which tumor type is implicated, which level of caretaking is possible for the owner, does the dog have other conditions that should be taken into account, what are the financial capabilities of the owner, what is the anticipated duration of the treatment and prognosis.

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  2. Colorado State University Canine Chronic Pain Scale.
  3. AAHA/AAFP pain guidelines
  4. Matthews K and Kronen PW et al. Guidelines for recognition, assessment and treatment of pain: WSAVA Global Pain Council members. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2014 Jun;55(6):E10-68.