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Pain Assessment and Management – What Every Owner and Trainer Should Know

May 23

6:00 am PT


Is the animal you are working with showing a change in behavior? Is your agility dog missing the weave entrance? Are you working on a dog aggression case that is not responding as expected? Is your obedience dog running around the jump on the retrieve over the high jump exercise? Is your cat refusing to jump up on a table to earn a treat? Is your parrot trying to bite you when you reach for him? These could all be training issues, but your animal could be in pain.

It is very important to recognize pain in animals and treat it appropriately. In this presentation, I will discuss the varied, and often subtle, clinical signs of pain in animals. I will explain the difference between acute and chronic pain, and why it is necessary to differentiate between the two. Finally, I will talk about the many options for treating pain, and why it is crucial to do so as soon as possible. If your dog (or any animal that you work with) has been, is, or will be injured or sick, this presentation will give you useful information that you will need to help support your animal.

Presented By:

Sue Yanoff, DVM

Sue graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY, in 1980. After three years in private practice, she joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. While on active duty, she completed a 3 year residency in small animal surgery at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2004, after almost 21 years on active duty. She returned to Ithaca to join the staff at Colonial Veterinary Hospital as their second surgeon.

Sue retired from Colonial in December 2009. (Her on-call schedule was interfering with her dog show weekends!) The following month, she started working for Shelter Outreach Services, a high quality, high volume spay-neuter organization. About the same time, Sue joined her colleague, a physical therapist/licensed veterinary technician, to start a canine sports medicine practice at the Animal Performance and Therapy Center, in Genoa, NY. The practice is limited to performance dogs.

Sue showed her first obedience dog, a beagle, Tristan, to a CDX in 1978. Her second beagle, Devon, earned a UD. Her third beagle, Charm, earned a VCD2, and was one of the most titled breed champion bitches in the history of the breed: CH Wilkeep Third Time’s A Charm UD, RE, MX, MXJ, AXP, AJP, TD. Sue currently is preparing her beagle, Ivy (CH MACH Wilkeep Ivy League, CDX, RN, TD) for the utility ring. She is having fun teaching her 1 year old beagle puppy, Quinn, foundation behaviors for many different sports.