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Veterinary Medicine

Treatments for small animal back pain

January 9, 2009

Your dachshund occasionally "yips" in pain and you think it's her back. Do you know how to recognize back pain in your dog? If your dog needs relief, do you know what kinds of treatments are available? Are there alternatives to surgery?

Small animals: Back pain

The Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain is offering a seminar on Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. This event will be held at CSU’s Veterinary Medical Center. The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital located at 300 W. Drake Rd in Fort Collins. Parking is free.

During the seminar, participants will learn how to recognize back pain in dogs and cats. Wright and Robinson will also review the anatomy and physiology of back pain to help participants understand why backs hurt.  

Conservative, nonsurgical treatment options

They will also discuss nonsurgical treatment options for back pain in small animals and the science behind those treatments.

Donations appreciated

The seminar is free and open to the public. A $10 donation to support the pain center is encouraged. 

Please RSVP by Friday, Jan. 23

All who are planning to attend must RSVP to (preferred) or call (970) 297-4202 by Friday, Jan. 23. 

About the Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain

Founded in 2002, CSU’s Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine promotes the treatment of pain in animals to optimize quality of life and reduce suffering. The Center provides integrative pain medicine and natural healing services for small animals, and education for veterinarians and animal caregivers.

The Center’s vision entails examining methods of analgesia from naturally occurring disease rather than inducing pain in order to study pain. The center is self-supporting and donations provided will help support this work on behalf of animals in pain.

Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, DABMA, FAAMA, is both a veterinarian and an osteopathic physician. Bonnie D. Wright, DVM, DACVA, CVMA is a board-certified anesthesiologist with certification in veterinary medical acupuncture.

Robinson and Wright work together in service, education, and research on behalf of the Center. Stephanie Shaver, PVM 2010, is a third-year veterinary student who works with Drs. Robinson and Wright on research and teaching projects at the pain center.

Contact: Narda Robinson
Phone: (970) 297-4202