Quality of Life assessment tools – Pain assessment tools – Dogs

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Published 31 August 2021 | Updated 21 March 2022

Glasgow Composite Measure Pain Scale (CMPS-SF) 

The short form of the Glasgow Composite Measure Pain Scale (CMPS-SF) was designed as a practical decision-making tool for dogs in acute pain, and can be applied quickly and reliably in a clinical setting. There are 30 descriptor options within 6 behavioural categories, including mobility

Chronic pain and health related quality of life

  • Wiseman-Orr, M.L. et al (2004) Development of a questionnaire to measure the effects of chronic pain on health-related quality of life in dogs. American Journal of Veterinary Research, 65 (8), pp. 1077-1084. https://doi.org/10.2460/ajvr.2004.65.1077
  • Wiseman-Orr, M.L. et al (2006) Validation of a structured questionnaire as an instrument to measure chronic pain in dogs on the basis of effects on health-related quality of life. American Journal of Veterinary Research, 67 (11), pp. 1826-1836. https://doi.org/10.2460/ajvr.67.11.1826


  • Boesch, J.M. et al (2021) The Canine Postamputation Pain (CAMPPAIN) initiative: a retrospective study and development of a diagnostic scale. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 48 (6), pp. 861-870. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaa.2021.07.003
  • Ellwood, B. and Murison, P. (2022) Investigating the effect of anxiety on pain scores in dogs Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. 49 (1), pp. 135-142. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaa.2021.07.005
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