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What about other species? (1 of 2)

If rats and farm animals show behavioural changes after surgery that can be quantified to make a pain score, then it is likely that this should also be possible in other species.

We know that mice show typical abdominal contractions when an irritant is given into the abdomen, as this is used to assess analgesic efficacy. This clip shows the typical abdominal contractions, which are often accompanied by extension of the hind limbs.

Initial studies in mice show they change their activity levels after surgery (Karas - personal comm.), and giving an analgesic reduces these changes.

We also know specific behavioural changes occur after several types of surgery, but we don’t yet know which of these could be used for scoring pain. It is likely that some of the behaviours shown in this clip may be useful. The mouse shows two abdominal presses and extension of the hind-limbs.

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