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Medical Abdominal Visceral Pain in Dogs

Alice Catanzaro1, Giorgia della Rocca1, Alessandra Di Salvo1 and Mary Ellen Goldberg2
  • 1 Università Degli Studi di Perugia, Italy
  • 2 Instructor VetMedTeam, United States


Abdominal visceral pain of medical origin is one of the most frequent reasons for request of medical treatment in humans. Its control is of paramount importance not only for ethical reasons, but also because, if untreated, pain can cause a stress response leading to alterations concerning many organs and apparatuses. Causes of acute or chronic medical visceral pain in men are numerous, with pain originating from various regions of the body. Considering the similarities with regard to the nervous system between humans and other mammals, it is very likely that pathological conditions that cause visceral pain in men are painful in animals as well. Despite this, in veterinary practice medical visceral pain is rarely considered and poorly treated, often for the difficulty in its identification and for a lack of specific guidelines addressing this specific topic. Moreover, no detailed and specific information on this subject are available in the current literature. The present review lists the main pathologies likely responsible of medical abdominal visceral pain in the canine species, trying to summarize, for each considered condition, the available information regarding the pathogenesis and the management of pain.

American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Volume 10 No. 2, 2015, 67-76


Submitted On: 29 December 2014 Published On: 15 June 2015

How to Cite: Catanzaro, A., della Rocca, G., Di Salvo, A. & Goldberg, M. E. (2015). Medical Abdominal Visceral Pain in Dogs. American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, 10(2), 67-76.

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  • Abdominal Visceral Pain
  • Medical Painful Conditions
  • Dog
  • Pain Pathogenesis
  • Pain Treatment