Pain Assessment in Swine

Introduction

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
observations:

  • 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.

Authors

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

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