Friday, November 1, 2013

Veterinary Highlights: Neurotoxin To Relieve Pain In Dogs With Bone Cancer?

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend."

Neurotoxins, as one would figure, are generally a bad thing. But so is pain. Particularly severe, chronic pain. Scientists are learning to harness properties of neurotoxins.

According to new study, a neurotoxin injection to dogs with bone cancer resulted in a significantly greater pain relief than they could get with standard care.

The substance used (SP-sap) is used to decrease pain. Without going into much detail, the neurotoxin administration results in death of the pain-sensing nerves.

Sounds rather drastic, but pain from bone cancer is excrutiating.

According to the study, the pain relieve from this treatment was significant.

Would I resort to such treatment for my dog? If it was to increase the length and quality of their life, I'd certainly consider it.


Source article:
Chronic Pain in Dogs With Bone Cancer Relieved With New Treatment

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