PSA: 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 that 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.
IVAPM has proclaimed September as Animal Pain Awareness Month, and this coinciding with human medicine’s awareness month. Animals suffer just like people do. Painfulness comes in many forms: surgical, arthritis, and cancer related, just to name a few.
Acute injury is obvious and distressing. Chronic aching can be subtle, and masked as “getting old” or “slowing down.” Old age is not a disease, however, painfulness is. There are many options to treat the various causes in animals including medications, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, laser therapy, and therapeutic massage.
Common Signs in Cats
Loss of appetite
Quiet/loss of curiosity
Changes in urinary/defecation habits
Hissing or spitting
Lack of agility/jumping
Stops grooming/matted fur
Common Signs in Dogs
Decreased social interaction
Refusal to move
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!)
Understand that your pet does not always whimper or cry out when they are experiencing illness, injury or soreness. 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 your pets. Call us at 970-587-5140. Thanks for taking a few minutes to understand how to manage animal pain for your pets.
Attribution – information and photos from our friends at IVAPM.org