Pain in animal world: another cathegory of non verbalizing patients

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ABSTRACT

Animals, as well as not verbalizing human patients, cannot express in words the presence of pain, but, exactly the same way as men, are able to prove it and suffer all its consequences: non-controlled and prolonged pain has in fact adverse effects also in animals, impairing healing capacity and quality of life. The treatment of pain should therefore represent an essential component of veterinary care, but the difficulty in identifying the presence of algic states in animals often restricts the application of an appropriate analgesic therapy. The scientific community is therefore working to ensure that this limit would be exceeded: by outlining diagnostic and therapeutic guidelines applicable for animal pain control, a great step forward ensuring even to this class of patients the right of not to suffer will be done.

Key words: animals, CeSDA, diagnosis, pain

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