The boards of directors of the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners have approved the AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. Today we have a better understanding of pain perception in animals and methods of management than ever before. These new guidelines include definitions associated with pain and pain management, and stress the importance of early intervention. Pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions are described, and the importance of client and staff education is discussed. The guidelines are available free of charge online at and

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