02593-A: Evaluation of the Transversus Abdominis Plane Block to Control Pain Associated with Abdominal Surgery in Dogs

Grant Status: Open

Grant Amount: $14,999
Alonso Guedes, DVM, MS, PhD; University of Minnesota
March 1, 2019 - February 28, 2023


Breed(s): -All Dogs
Research Program Area: General Canine Health
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Abdominal surgery is common in veterinary practice, and opioids are the mainstay of pain management. Although effective painkillers, opioids are not free of adverse effects, and challenges stemming from the opioid epidemic in humans increased the urgency for developing alternative pain control strategies. In dogs, local nerve blocks are well-described for limb surgery, but comparatively little information exists for abdominal surgery. This study will determine whether surgical abdominal pain in dogs can be effectively and safely managed with a nerve block technique known as transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block; assessors will be blinded to treatment groups. The investigators will also examine whether a new long-acting form of the local anesthetic bupivacaine can provide long-lasting pain control for abdominal surgery. The results will advance canine health by providing evidence-based information of an alternative strategy to manage surgical abdominal pain in dogs.


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