Date: 2011-04-28 22:49:43 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Ferrets and opoids after surgery
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Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract. 2011 Jan;14(1):105-16.
Pain management in ferrets.
van Oostrom H, Schoemaker NJ, Uilenreef JJ.
SourceDepartment of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals, Faculty of Vete=
rinary Medicine, Utrecht University, PO Box 80.154 NL-3508 TD Utrecht, The =
The growing popularity of ferrets as pets has created the demand for advanc=
ed veterinary care for these patients. Pain is associated with a broad rang=
e of conditions, including acute or chronic inflammatory disease, neoplasia=
, and trauma, as well as iatrogenic causes, such as surgery and diagnostic =
procedures. Effective pain management requires knowledge and skills to asse=
ss pain, good understanding of the pathophysiology of pain, and general kno=
wledge of pharmacologic and pharmacodynamic principles. Unfortunately, scie=
ntific studies on efficacy, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and safety =
of analgesic drugs in the ferret are limited. However, basic rules on the t=
reatment of pain and mechanisms of action, safety, and efficacy of analgesi=
c drugs in other species can be adapted and applied to pain management in f=
errets. This article aims to make an inventory of what is known on the reco=
gnition of pain in ferrets, what analgesic drugs are currently used in ferr=
ets, and how they can be adopted in a patient-orientated pain management pl=
an to provide effective pain relief while reducing and monitoring for unwan=
ted side effects.
Copyright =A9 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
PMID: 21074706 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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