Pain is a widespread clinical symptom in companion animals with cancer, and its aggressive management should be a priority. Education and skills can be acquired by health care professionals and caregivers to better understand, recognize, and treat cancer-associated pain. The early and rational institution of multimodality analgesic protocols can be highly effective and maximize the chances of improving quality of life in dogs and cats with cancer. This article describes the pathophysiology of pain in companion animals diagnosed with cancer. The foundational causes of cancer-associated pain and treatment strategies for alleviating discomfort in companion animals with cancer are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)989-1001
Number of pages13
JournalThe Veterinary clinics of North America. Small animal practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014


  • Analgesia
  • Cancer
  • Hyperalgesia
  • Nociception
  • Palliative therapy
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals


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