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Prospective evaluation of postoperative pain in cats undergoing ovariohysterectomy by a midline or flank approach
  1. R. Burrow, BVetMed, CertSAS, CertVR, MRCVS1,
  2. E. Wawra, MagMedVet, MRCVS2,
  3. G. Pinchbeck, BVSc, CertES(Orth), PhD, MRCVS3,
  4. M. Senior, BVSc, CertVA, MRCVS2 and
  5. A. Dugdale, MA, VetMB, DVA, DipECVA, MRCVS2
  1. 1Small Animal Hospital, Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, University of Liverpool, Crown Street, Liverpool L7 7EX
  2. 2Department of Anaesthesia, Duncan Building, University of Liverpool, Daulby Street, Liverpool L69 3GA
  3. 3Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, University of Liverpool, Leahurst, Neston, Cheshire CH64 7TE


Twenty entire female cats were randomly assigned to two groups of 10; the cats in one group underwent ovariohysterectomy by a midline approach and the cats in the other group by a flank approach. Cats were assessed for signs of pain and scores were assigned pre- and postoperatively. There was a tendency for the cats neutered by a flank approach to be in more pain postoperatively (P=0·05). The final pain score for cats in either group was equal to or lower than their baseline score.

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