Thermal and mechanical nociceptive threshold testing in horses: A review

Emma J. Love*, J. Murrell, H. R. Whay

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Abstract

Objective This review evaluates the thermal and mechanical nociceptive threshold testing techniques that have been used in horses and discusses them with reference to their applications, limitations and the factors which can influence both the testing procedure itself and the animal's responses. Methods to optimise the reliability and repeatability of the testing procedures are suggested and the potential clinical applications discussed.Databases used Web of Science and Medline.Conclusions Thermal and mechanical nociceptive threshold testing techniques have valuable roles in both the identification of altered nociceptive function and the pre-clinical evaluation of analgesics in horses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalVeterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Analgesia
  • Analgesiometry
  • Horse
  • Nociceptive threshold testing
  • Pain

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