Pain Assessment in Swine


M. Michael Swindle, DVM, Professor and Chairman, Department of Comparative Medicine, Medical University of SC, Charleston, SC 29425


Pain assessment postoperatively should be performed in a systematic fashion to determine if swine
require the administration of systemic analgesics. Postoperative monitoring involves making the following

  • Condition of incision
  • Attitude/Behavior
  • Temperature/Pulse/Respiration (TPR) Feces
  • Urine Appetite
  • Water consumption
  • Pain score

The pain score that we utilize is modified from the American College of Anesthesiologists.

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