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How do we know they hurt? Assessing acute pain in cats
  1. Sheilah Robertson


Animals cannot tell us that they are in pain; therefore, assessing pain in veterinary patients can be challenging. Two scales for evaluating acute pain in cats have been validated and can be used in everyday practice. This article describes these pain assessment scales and discusses how they can be used and interpreted to guide the use of analgesia in feline patients to the benefit of their welfare.

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