Pain management in cats—past, present and future. Part 2. Treatment of pain—clinical pharmacology

  title={Pain management in cats—past, present and future. Part 2. Treatment of pain—clinical pharmacology},
  author={S. Robertson and P. Taylor},
  journal={Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery},
  pages={321 - 333}
  • S. Robertson, P. Taylor
  • Published 2004
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
  • Opioids have an unjustified reputation for causing mania in cats, but with refinements in dosing they are now used successfully in this species. The mu-opioid agonists are generally considered the best analgesics. Morphine (0.1–0.3 mg/kg) is effective in a clinical setting. Methadone (up to 0.5 mg/kg) has a similar profile to morphine. Pethidine (Demerol, meperidine; 2–5 mg/kg) is a useful analgesic with a faster onset but shorter duration of action than morphine. Oxymorphone and hydromorphone… CONTINUE READING
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