It used to be thought that animals didn't feel pain or that pain following surgery or an injury was beneficial because it kept animals quiet. Today, we know that cats feel pain just the same as humans do, and that effective pain management actually speeds healing and recovery. Fortunately, pain management for cats has advanced considerably in the last 10 years, with new drugs and new techniques available. Veterinarians have a better understanding of how most drugs work and why a combination of therapies is often better than one drug alone. Untreated pain decreases quality of life. Today's medications allow cats to have better quality of life, even in the face of chronic diseases, such as osteoarthritis. Preventing and managing pain has become an important part of health care for cats. A veterinarian should always be consulted before any medication is given to a cat.


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