Your dog, cat or other pet may be a different species, but we all process and feel pain in much the same way. That’s why the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management has selected September as Animal Pain Awareness Month. In cooperation with veterinary professionals around the world, they hope to bring recognition to the issue of both acute and chronic pain in animals and encourage pet owners to look for symptoms of pain and discomfort.
While acute or urgent pain is obvious, chronic pain can be subtle and pet owners may see it as simply “getting old” or “slowing down.” Some signs to look for include:
• Heavy panting
• Decreased activity
• Reluctance to jump up on surfaces (cats)
• Overgrooming or licking a particular area
• Difficulty standing after lying down
At 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital, we know that pets often have peculiar ways of demonstrating their pain—that’s why we put so much importance on pain management. Along with traditional wellness services, did you know that we also offer acupuncture and laser therapy? We’d also like to highlight Galliprant, for pets with arthritis—contact us for more information on this.
If you’re interested in any of these services for your best friend, or if your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, make an appointment for them by contacting 602-705-0536 or schedule a visit online.