Pain relief reminder for veterinarians

January 29, 2018
Matthew Brunke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRP, CVPP, CVA

Dr. Matthew Brunke is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and practices rehab, acupuncture and pain management in the Maryland area. For more information check out http://DrBrunke.Wordpress.com.

"NSAIDs really are wonderful things," says specialist Dr. Matthew Brunke.

When it comes to pain-relief tools in the veterinary practice, Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Matthew Brunke, DVM, CCRP, CVPP, CVA, sings the praises of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) class. With name-brand and generic NSAIDs available, practitioners have many choices for what to prescribe for treatment, he says.

Dr. Brunke stresses the importance of establishing good baseline bloodwork parameters and then following up on that bloodwork during courses of therapy. He points out that this applies to patients of any age.

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In addition to perioperative pain relief, he notes that NSAIDs have other wide-ranging applications.

"We use them for long-term relief for managing arthritis," he says, "but they also have benefits in other disease processes, helping out with cancer as well."

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