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Questions about the 2022 AAHA Pain Management Guidelines

Seven years ago, the 2015 American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats put forth pioneering recommendations that included medical acupuncture. The authors painted a brighter future by seriously considering and advancing their role in veterinary medicine.

In contrast, the authors of the 2022 Guidelines seemed to backpedal on this progress, ignoring the even greater evidential support that had expanded dramatically over the intervening seven years.

Dr. Narda Robinson provides her perspective and opinion on the 2022 AAHA guidelines, targeting specifically 1) the issue on acupuncture, 2) undisclosed potential conflicts of interest, and 3) pharmaceutical recommendations that she considers questionable.

Feel free to download Dr. Robinson’s written summary, with recent references that support acupuncture, from the with this direct link.

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You can also listen to this discussion via Soundcloud or your favorite podcast app!

Disclaimer: This podcast is for informational purposes only. The information we provide is not intended to replace medical or veterinary consultation with your healthcare provider, and it is not intended as a recommendation if you or a family member are / is experiencing health problems, pain, or inflammation. While Dr. Robinson IS a licensed physician and veterinarian in the state of Colorado, she is not YOUR or your animal’s, respectively. Before anyone receives medical / veterinary care, one should have a diagnosis by a health provider. So, if you are not a veterinarian, veterinary nurse, or veterinary technician viewing this video for general learning purposes, please do not use this information instead of seeking professional assistance. This is not for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. Any approaches presented in this webinar series can harm as well as help, they are not a cure-all. CuraCore® VET and CuraCore® MED.



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