PainTrace Vet

Do you wonder how they feel? Animal pain is now quantifiable.

BioTraceITvalues the capacity to improve medical care and interventions by quantifying pain ultimately impacting quality of life and wellness. BioTraceITfocuses on novel technologies at the cutting edge of wearable health care. We deem new solutions as paramount to new paradigms.

By measuring pain, we quantify wellness.

BioTraceITis patented technology that quantifies, tracks and assesses pain. We’re revolutionizing pain management for people and animals.

BioTraceIT™ offers a wearable monitor that quantifies pain using skin-mounted sensors that measure processing of pain signals by the nervous system – much like an ECG. Research in canine, equine, and human patients has proven the ability of PainTrace® to quantify pain.

At present, there is no device or method available which can measure a patient’s level of pain. The exception to this statement is BioTraceIT™’s patented technology behind the PainTrace® device, which has been independently proven to effectively quantify pain via measurement of central nervous system (CNS) activity. PainTrace® can provide both real-time instantaneous pain measurements and pain monitoring over longer periods, such as months or years.

PainTrace® is a hand-held device which utilizes disposable ECGlike sensors to obtain a real-time numerical pain reading. General veterinary visits, osteoarthritis exams, surgical interventions, and preventative measures will all benefit from PainTrace®’s novel, disruptive technology.

There is currently no pain measurement device for veterinarians to evaluate patient health, recovery, and monitor wellness over time. For animals, without the ability to verbalize pain, veterinarians must rely upon observation and known indicators of pain. However, animals often instinctively mask pain which increases the difficulty of evaluating pain levels, and the associated questions related to drug dosage, patient recovery, and effectiveness of treatments. The use of PainTrace® can not only quantify pain but improve early diagnosis and aid in guiding preventative measures and early interventions to promote wellness.

Product Capabilities

PainTrace® provides a quantitative measure of pain via non-invasive, simple, fast application of disposable sensors to the skin. Product application entails shaving of excessive hair if required; adhesion of sensors; and a minute to calibrate. Bluetooth technology combined with data acquisition software allows veterinarians to monitor pain levels real-time. Apps are in development for smartphones and tablets.

PainTrace® delivers an instantaneous pain measurement. Using the PainTrace® scale:

  • More Pain Equals A More Negative Number
  • A Positive Number Equates To No Pain (or increasing levels of wellness).

BioTraceIT Launches at Cedarview Animal Hospital

by Minakshi | Jun 26, 2017

The following is an interview with the President of BioTraceIT, Deb Dullen regarding the launch of PainTrace®. “We’ve now implemented a device that’s wearable and provides live pain traces — or visual measurements on a chart — of pain levels during multiple procedures.”

Pain Monitoring During Exam Canine

Greyhound presented with inflamed digit of left forelimb. The dog did not respond to the veterinary exam, and appeared to be masking pain. Pain-Trace® was utilized and it became evident pain was experienced upon weight bearing on the affected left foot and ambulation demonstrated shoulder involvement. The following describes the PainTrace® data below and the associated exam:

  • Minor discomfort during right forelimb exam
  • Pain (based on negative deflection) during left forelimb exam
  • Noted pain when dog weight bearing on left forefoot; generally was “guarding” foot
  • Shifted weight to forelimbs to increase weight bearing on left fore- limb; observed broadening of “pain peaks”
  • Walked dog and noted increased pain during left forelimb weight bear- ing and suspected foot and shoulder
  • Pain (based on negative deflection) upon left shoulder exam. No pain during right shoulder exam.
  • Pain (based on negative deflection) during walk back to exam room.

Pain During Dental Cleaning and Nail Clipping,
To Quick, Under Anesthesia – Canine

Dog was placed under anesthesia for dental cleaning and removal of growth on the lower eyelid. During anesthesia an aggressive nail clipping was also undertaken due to the dog’s resistance to nail clipping while awake.

The following describes the PainTrace® data below and the associated procedure under anesthesia:

  • Nail clipping on all four paws; pain experienced based on negative deflection (zoom-view of all four paws in second data set to the right)
  • Dental cleaning; pain experienced based on negative deflection – Dental pain rivals intense neuralgia due to high density of nerves
  • Removal of growth from lower lid from incision to sutured closure; no pain detected
  • Veterinary checked dental probing gums, scalpel irritation at end of check detected

Zoom-View of Nail Clipping, To Quick, Under Anesthesia

We were surprised that pain would breakthrough the anesthesia during nail clipping, and further surprised when every digit on every paw elicited pain. Although cutting to the quick would affect the nerve and cause high pain levels.

Post-Surgical Pain Monitoring Over Months – Equine

The following data represents a 15 year old horse with laminitis. To alleviate pain the nerves were cut to the affected foot. Pre-surgically pain was measured and the pain levels were monitored post-surgically for six months.

  • You can see pre-op pain levels were -22 this was on a bad day
  • 2 days post-op a -45 pain level reflects more pain from the chronic pain plus surgical pain
  • 10 days post-op the horse is recovering at a -5 reflecting less pain the pre-operative levels
  • 18 days post-op no pain at +9. Any positive number reflects the absence of pain. The more positive the number the greater the level of wellness
  • 25 days post-op +4 at the end of the first day out of the stall; some fatigue is registered
  • 6 months post-op +9. A PainTrace® reading of +9 was the average reading for this horse post-surgically

“In 39 years of training thoroughbreds this is the only thing I have seen that can accurately detect both pain and pain relief in a horse. I do not like to race any horse in pain and it is often hard to tell with minor injuries. BioTraceIT™’s device removes the guesswork and even lets you follow the animal’s recovery with a simple, inexpensive procedure that anyone can administer in a few minutes.”

Don Combs
Kentucky Derby Winning Trainer

Market Opportunities



There are approximately 200 million veterinary visits each year and 29,000 veterinary practices. Fifty-six percent of households own pets. There are 74 million cats and 69 million dogs in the U.S. and the primary reason for veterinary visits is for injury or illness. PainTrace® provides a technology that will improve the outcomes of these veterinary visits which will further support the long-term veterinary-customer relationship and loyalty knowing their “family member” is well cared for, and their health issues are addressed.

More recent studies further support the customer’s interest in their pet’s wellness and their willingness to pay for services. The total number of veterinary visits increased 4.9 percent (during a recession) from 193.0 million in 2006 to 202.4 million in 2011. Total veterinary visits for dogs increased over 9 percent. Total veterinary expenditures for all pets increased 14.3 percent from $24.5 billion in 2006 to $28 billion in 2011. The CPI increased 11.6 percent. The mean expenditure per dog increased from $200 to $227 and the mean veterinary expenditure per cat increased from $81 to $90. All of these factors plus an increasing incidence of diseases, e.g. zoonotic diseases, support the adoption of Pain-Trace®. AAHA accredited hospitals must evaluate pain at every patient visit. The AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Task Force stated, “Pain should be thought of as the fourth vital sign – after temperature, pulse, and respiration – and integrated into all patient evaluations.” Without the ability to verbalize a condition, the assessment of pain is much more difficult.

PainTrace® will also provide a significant revenue stream for veterinary offices. Using conservative assumptions and regular usage, PainTrace® annual revenues and costs can generate a significant profit to the veterinarian. A full breakdown of the projected revenues and operational expenses is available upon request

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The patented PainTrace® and BioTraceIT™ technology and software application are covered by U.S. Patent and other pending U.S. and International patents.

* Per FDA guidelines in humans this product is For Research Purpose Only.
* Per FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine this product is Not for Human Use.