American Association of Feline Practitioners

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Tips for a Practical Approach to Feline Pain Management

Tips for a Practical Approach to Feline Pain Management


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Cats have a pain pathway similar to that of all other mammals, making it impossible for cats to be immune from pain. Yet cats are highly likely to be undertreated for pain. This occurs due to a variety of reasons, including the cat's masterful ability to hide pain, the veterinarian's feeling that knowledge of analgesic drugs is sometimes inadequate, the veterinary team's need for defined roles in hospital-wide pain assessment/management strategies, and the client's lack of resources to understand and assess their cat's pain at home. All of these topics, along with some favorite drugs/analgesic protocols will be discussed in this webinar.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Present a brief overview of pain and analgesia in cats and provide pain assessment and treatment resources for the veterinary team
  • Emphasize the importance of pain management and discuss why cats are undertreated for pain when compared to dogs
  • Review cat-specific pain assessment and pain scoring systems & provide tips for implementing pain scoring systems in practice
  • Discuss a few favorite drugs/techniques for both acute & chronic pain therapy in cats
  • Emphasize importance of client follow-up and provide pain assessment resources for the cat-owning client

Speaker Bio

Dr. Tamara Grubb, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVAA
Associate Clinical Professor, Anesthesia and Analgesia
Washington State University 

Dr. Tamara Grubb is a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist with a strong clinical interest and research focus in pain management. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesia & Analgesia in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, a certified acupuncturist, and a consultant in a private small animal veterinary practice. Dr. Grubb's favorite achievement is winning the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, which has been awarded to her from students at two universities.


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RACE Credits 

This program 249-29345 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 1.00 CE Credits (1.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 1.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (1.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categorie(s) of: Scientific using the delivery method(s) of: Non-Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements.


Disclosure Statement

This webinar is sponsored by Zoetis. Speakers are expected to disclose conflict of interests whenever a conflict arises relating to the topics of this educational webinar.

Dr. Grubb has consulted with many companies that develop, manufacture, or sell anesthesia and analgesia drugs/products but her sole employer is Washington State University.