Thermal and mechanical nociceptive threshold testing in horses: a review
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia © 2011 Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists and the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists
Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
Volume 38, Issue 1, pages 3–14, January 2011
How to Cite
Love, E. J., Murrell, J. and Whay, H. R. (2011), Thermal and mechanical nociceptive threshold testing in horses: a review. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 38: 3–14. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-2995.2010.00580.x
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Received 11 February 2010; accepted 23 June 2010.
- nociceptive threshold testing;
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.