Multimodal Treatment Approach to Pain Management

July 4, 2018

Amy L. Pike, DVM, DACVB, chief of the Behavior Medicine Division at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia, says when dealing with pain, veterinarians need to use a multimodal treatment approach.

"I think for pain we need to be treating it multimodal," says Amy L. Pike, DVM, DACVB, chief of the Behavior Medicine Division at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia, "meaning many different options all at once.

And so, we might be using supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin or one of the newer eggshell membrane products, and then a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and whether that be kind of our traditional products that we've been using or there's some really exciting products out on the market now were they're non-COX inhibitors, and I think that those have great potential in our field as well as like a neuropathic pain modulator such as Gabapentin. So, definitely a multimodal treatment approach."