Pets feel pain much like we do, but they can’t really tell us where or how bad it hurts—and they often instinctually hide illness or injury. That’s why the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management has selected September as Animal Pain Awareness Month, so families can be more aware of the signals pets give when they’re in chronic pain and discomfort.
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
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”. In fact, recurring or prolonged pain can be treated and sometimes even prevented when the cause is found early.
At Garden Valley Veterinary Hospital, we take your pet’s pain seriously and offer many options for treatment that integrate traditional medicine and alternative therapies. We offer laser therapy, canine rehabilitation, acupuncture and more—all can be used alone to treat pain or in conjunction with other therapies.