Assessment of Pain in Animals

Assessment of animal pain and quality of life is an expanding area in veterinary science. University of Glasgow analytics research has underpinned the development of tools measuring acute pain (Glasgow Composite Measure Pain Scale: CMPS) and quality-of-life impacts of chronic pain in dogs (GUVQuest), and subsequently, the tools for assessing acute (CMPS-Feline) and chronic pain (HRQL-Feline) in cats. CMPS, considered the gold standard for assessing acute pain in dogs in clinical settings, is recommended in World Small Animal Veterinary Association pain guidelines, and has been translated into seven languages. Collectively, these tools have changed veterinary practice by informing decision-making by owners and veterinarians and improved the quality of evidence obtained in clinical trials.