Your dog, cat, bird 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:
Reluctance to jump up on surfaces (cats)
Overgrooming or licking a particular area
Difficulty standing after lying down
At Research Boulevard Pet & Bird Hospital, we know that pets often have peculiar ways of demonstrating their pain—that’s why we put so much importance on pain management. There are a variety of treatment methods to help alleviate pain in our pets, including supplements like Duralactin, Synovi G3, Dasuquin andCosequin. Our experienced medical team can help you chose the right pain management protocol for your pet.