Behavioural changes associated with pain in companion animals
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Behavioural changes associated with pain in companion animals

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This book deals with pain in companion animals and how it affects their welfare, health and, of course, behaviour. It describes the difficulties encountered, throughout history, to finally reach the conclusion that animals and humans share the same neurophysiological mechanisms to feel pain, and what their sensitive pathways are. It then goes deeper into the changes that pain can cause in the behaviour of dogs and cats and the tools available to the veterinary surgeon to control it. Good veterinary practice and professional ethics lead us to try to reduce pain in animals as much as possible. Having a book such as this one can help us achieve this objective.

Tomàs Camps Morey

Graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2004. Master’s degree in Clinical Ethology by the UAB in the same year. He has been a Diplomate of the ECAWBM -European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine- since 2011. He was in charge of a private clinical animal behaviour service for four years.

Since 2009 he has been part of the Nutrition and Animal Welfare Service (SNIBA, Servicio de Nutrición y Bienestar Animal) of the UAB. He is also a veterinary surgeon at the Ethology Service of the UAB Veterinary Clinical Hospital and has been president of the Clinical Ethology Group of the Spanish Association of Veterinary Surgeons Specialised in Small Animals (GrETCA, Grupo de Etología Clínica de AVEPA) since 2009.

Marta Amat

PhD in Veterinary Medicine. Diplomate of the ECAWBM, European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine.

Veterinary surgeon at the Ethology Service of the UAB Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Clinical Hospital since 2001. Head of the Ethology Service since January 2009.

1. General concepts and physiology of pain

General concepts

Definition of pain and nociception

History of pain in animals. Are they able to experience pain?

Is it important to prevent and treat pain in animals?

Veterinary medicine and pain: treatment and prevention

Myths about analgesics

Physiology of pain





Types of pain

Pain in neonates

Neurological development

Degree of maturation of the CNS at birth


2. Identification, causes and treatment of pain in companion animals

Classification of pain

Identification of the signs of pain

Individual differences in the expression of pain

Behavioural changes

How to measure pain

Simple descriptive scales

Visual analogue scale (VAS)

Dynamic and interactive visual analogue scale (DIVAS)

Variable rating scales

Causes of pain

Routine procedures

Diseases and lesions



Treatment of pain

Drug treatment

Handling and housing conditions


Other therapies




3. Pain and behavioural problems

Aggressive behaviour and pain


Mechanisms involved in the appearance of aggressive behaviour

Treatment of pain-related agressive behaviour problems

Compulsive behaviour and pain


How compulsive behaviour is developed

Predisposing factors

Relationship between pain and compulsive behaviour

Diseases that can trigger a compulsive disorder associated with pain


Pain and fear, phobia and anxiety

General concepts

Factors involved in the appearance of fear

Neurophysiology of fear

Mechanisms of fear induction caused by pain

Fear problems

Clinical case

Clinical case

Clinical case


4. Companion animal welfare and pain

Definition and general concepts

Definition of animal welfare

Pain and welfare

New approaches to welfare


  • Autor/es Marta Amat Grau, Tomàs Camps Morey
  • Fecha de edición diciembre 2011
  • Nº Páginas 160
  • Encuadernación Tapa dura
  • Tamaño 17 X 24
  • Idioma Inglés

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