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Feline Grimace Scale to Assess Acute Pain
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I just heard a program about a new tool to determine if a cat is in acute pain: https://www.cbc…..-1.5446317

Here is the training document on reading the cat’s pain level: https://static-…..M1_ESM.pdf

This is used to assess acute pain, not chronic pain and helps vets to better manage the cats’ pain.

Here is a copy of the study https://www.nat…..19-55693-8

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Kerren, 

Thank you so much for this.  On Monday my lovely Boy Milo got his left rear leg amputated.  While I am staying diligent on his pain meds I am just unsure how he is feeling.  Last night he had a pain attack and it was so scary I took him to the ER.  He stayed over night and was fine, but still need to make sure it doesn’t happen again if I can.  I am printing this out and going to keep close watch on him. 
Amy and Milo

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amyandmilo said
On Monday my lovely Boy Milo got his left rear leg amputated. 

Hi Amy and Milo, welcome! You’ve come to the right place as you can see. Please start a new topic about Milo though, so we can help you better and follow along with your story OK? We hope he’s feeling better today. Keep us posted.

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I just heard a program about a new tool to determine if a cat is in acute pain:

Thank you so much Kerren! I believe this is what our friend Stephen Cital told us about lwhen we chatted with him for our Tripawd Talk Radio segment about managing feline pain, “Tripawd Cats Pain Management Tips and Tricks.” I’m so glad you shared it! I’ve added it to my “To Do” list for a future Tripawds News blog post. 

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Hi Amy and Milo. pain management in cats isn’t easy because they tend not to express themselves. It’s great you knew Milo was having a problem. I hope he’s doing better and like Jerry said, please start a topic for Milo so everyone can get to know him better.

Your welcome Jerry. I remember the chart Scott talked about. I think it was this one which seems to refer more to body language and behaviour: https://ivapm.o…..ain-level/

This Feline Grimace Scale tends to focus on the eyes, ears, whiskers, muzzle and head position. Little did I know. I tend to notice lethargy, vomiting, not eating and when they avoid me!

All these are good tools for when you get a cat!

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