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2019 May

Vet J


Therapeutic developments in equine pain management.


Mama KR, Hector RC
Vet J. 2019 May; 247:50-56.
PMID: 30971351.


Many drugs and non-drug modalities are used to manage pain in horses, but evidence regarding efficacy and safety remains limited. This manuscript will first briefly review tried and tested techniques, e.g. the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, in the management of pain. Newer approaches to administering medications such as oral use of detomidine, which was previously only administered by injection, will also be discussed. Finally, introductory information on newer therapies, for example acupuncture and chiropractic manipulation, that the veterinarian may consider for the management of equine pain will be presented.