Prospective evaluation of postoperative pain in cats undergoing ovariohysterectomy by a midline or flank approach

Vet Rec. 2006 May 13;158(19):657-60. doi: 10.1136/vr.158.19.657.


Twenty entire female cats were randomly assigned to two groups of 10; the cats in one group underwent ovariohysterectomy by a midline approach and the cats in the other group by a flank approach. Cats were assessed for signs of pain and scores were assigned pre- and postoperatively. There was a tendency for the cats neutered by a flank approach to be in more pain postoperatively (P=0.05). The final pain score for cats in either group was equal to or lower than their baseline score.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cats / surgery*
  • Female
  • Hysterectomy / adverse effects
  • Hysterectomy / methods
  • Hysterectomy / veterinary*
  • Ovariectomy / adverse effects
  • Ovariectomy / methods
  • Ovariectomy / veterinary*
  • Pain Measurement / veterinary
  • Pain, Postoperative / diagnosis
  • Pain, Postoperative / veterinary*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Random Allocation
  • Time Factors