IVAPM-Cat-Pain-PosterSeptember is quite the month! We have already talked about Happy Cats, Guide and Service Dogs and Pet Insurance as celebrated month events. There are still a couple to go. This article focuses on Animal Pain Awareness Month.

Our pets are not so communicative about telling us when they hurt. FCVC would like to do its part in raising the awareness of pain our pet friends can suffer. Pain that you might otherwise not see. Our friends at the IVAPM have materials especially for this month:

The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) educates and informs pet owners about their pet’s health and well-being when it comes to pain management, be it acute or chronic pain.

IVAPM has proclaimed September as Animal Pain Awareness Month, and this coincides with human medicine’s Pain Awareness Month. Animals suffer from pain just like people do. Pain comes in many forms: surgical pain, arthritis and cancer related pain, just to name a few. Acute pain is obvious and distressing. Chronic pain can be subtle, and masked as “getting old” or “slowing down.” Old age is not a disease, but pain is. There are many options to treat the various causes of pain in animals including pain medications, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, laser therapy, and therapeutic massage.

What if you couldn’t tell your doctor that you were in pain? Animals suffer from pain just like we do. Pain comes in many forms: surgical pain, arthritis and cancer, just to name a few. Acute pain is obvious and distressing. Chronic pain can be subtle, and masked as “getting old” or “slowing down.” Age is not a disease, but pain is. There are many options to treat the various causes of pain in animals including pain medications, physical rehabilitation and acupuncture.

Common Signs of Pain in Cats

Reduced activity
Loss of appetite
Quiet/loss of curiosity
Changes in urinary/defecation habits
Hiding
Hissing or spitting
Lack of agility/jumping
Excessive licking/grooming
Stiff posture/gait
Guarding behavior
Stops grooming/matted fur
Tail flicking
Weight loss

Common Signs of Pain in DogsIVAPM-Pain-Poster

Decreased social interaction
Anxious expression
Submissive behavior
Refusal to move
Whimpering
Howling
Growling
Guarding behavior
Aggression; biting
Decreased appetite
Self-mutilation (chewing)
Changes in posture

You can download all of these posters as pdf’s if you would like to print and share – (This would make a good school project about animals!)
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IVAPM-Dog-Pain-Poster
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Understand that your pet does not always whimper or cry out when they are in pain. The signs can be very subtle and sometimes not noticed when human activities are crazy busy. FCVC is standing by to answer your questions about pain and your pets. Call us at 970-587-5140

You may like our other articles about cats and dogs – Old Wives Tale Put To Rest: Cats and Babies and Dogs and Cats Are Amazing

Attribution – information and photos from our friends at IVAPM.org