The lack of analgesic use (oligoanalgesia) in small animal practice. Academic Article uri icon


  • Oligoanalgesia is defined as failure to provide analgesia in patients with acute pain. Treatment of pain in emergencies, critical care and perioperatively may influence patient outcomes: the harmful practice of withholding analgesics occurs in teaching hospitals and private practices and results in severe physiological consequences. This article discusses the prevalence, primary causes, species and regional differences and ways to avoid oligoanalgesia in small animal practice. Oligoanalgesia may be addressed by improving education on pain management in the veterinary curriculum, providing continuing education to veterinarians and implementing pain scales.

published proceedings

  • J Small Anim Pract

altmetric score

  • 9.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Simon, B. T., Scallan, E. M., Carroll, G., & Steagall, P. V

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Simon, BT||Scallan, EM||Carroll, G||Steagall, PV

publication date

  • October 2017