Quantifying Pain: Pain Scales and Scoring Systems
Inadequate pain control can damage the human-animal bond, and impede an animal’s ability to maintain normal function and to recover from injury or illness. This module will focus on the fundamentals in measurement or the scaling and scoring of pain, so that we can more effectively treat patients’ pain and suffering.
The Impact of Pain
Untreated or undertreated pain is a welfare issue. It contributes to more pain, delays healing, often causes behavior problems, and increases stress. Internally, it triggers a systemic maladaptive neuro-endocrine response, increasing morbidity and mortality. This module explores all these impacts of pain and more.
There are lots of ways to make visits Fear Free when there is time for you and the client to discuss the animal’s FAS, add pre-visit pharmaceuticals, take your time, and even postpone non-essential procedures. But, what about in an emergency or critical care situation? Even though the procedures are not elective, there are still things you can do to help ease patients’ FAS.
Fear Free Nail Trims
This very common routine-care procedure is also one of the most FAS-inducing, if not done carefully. Nail trims alone can sometimes poison a pet’s view of the veterinary clinic in just one visit. This module will gives you tips, tricks and training procedures to help ensure the nail trims you perform are as free from FAS as possible.