Quality of life in chronic pain

Pain is commonly considered a marker of negative welfare, and the importance of  preventing pain in animals is reflected within a number of laws in the UK e.g. the Animal Welfare Act 2006 provides a duty of care on animal owners to prevent or treat pain, suffering, injury, and disease. When we consider welfare weContinue reading “Quality of life in chronic pain”

Scents and sensibility

A recently published paper investigated links between depression and olfactory function in people. The researchers found that their data supported the hypothesis that an increase in olfactory function was associated with a decrease in depression severity. Persistent pain can impact on many different domains of life, including mobility, social and feeding behaviour, sleep, and mood.Continue reading “Scents and sensibility”

How do we interpret studies on pain in animals?

This one is a bit technical, and intended for those who are looking at and interpreting primary source papers – just some of the things I try to think about as I read them – do you agree? The expansion of studies evaluating treatment of pain in animals is a significant achievement for veterinary medicineContinue reading “How do we interpret studies on pain in animals?”