September marks animal pain awareness month for pets! It’s a great reminder to get educated on symptoms related to your pet’s health. Although we often love our pets like family members, communicating with them can be challenging. Oftentimes, our pets express pain in ways we don’t understand or recognize. We are shedding light on some symptoms to watch for related to animal pain and discomfort.
- Decreased activity and increased sleep.
- Being increasingly vocal such as excessive whining or howling.
- A sudden decrease in appetite.
- Reluctance to jump on furniture such as beds or couches.
- Difficulty standing after laying down.
- Nervousness or excessive panting.
- Cringing or acting timid when being pet or gently played with.
- Consistently licking or grooming a specific area of their body.
How to Care for Your Pet in Pain
- First and foremost, speak with your vet! Your veterinarian is professionally trained to recognize specific symptoms of pain in your pet. They can also help you understand what’s going on and what some ideal pain management remedies may include.
- After speaking with your vet and having an accurate understanding of your pet’s health issues, consider some at home remedies that may help such as pet massage. Please note: always consult with a professional before administering any new technique or health remedy for your animal! This will ensure the safety of your pet.
- Some of your pets’ pain may be caused by symptoms commonly seen in elderly pets. These include arthritis, back pain, joint pain and more. If these problems persist, it’s important to seek specific medicine to help combat the issues. Talk to your vet about appropriate pain medicine for elderly pets to ensure they remain as comfortable as possible.
“Chronic pain usually lasts several weeks to months and persists beyond the expected healing time. A yearly wellness visit with a veterinarian is the best way to determine if a pet is suffering from chronic pain.” –American Veterinarian
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Can Preventative Care Help with Animal Pain Management?
Staying on top of your pet’s routine health checkups, vaccinations, procedures and more can ensure they remain as pain-free as possible. At Hometown Vet, we offer several services for pet owners. Explore our recommended services below for your pets:
- Wellness Exams and Vaccinations
- Dental Cleaning and Hygiene
- Behavior Therapy
Become Better Informed About Animal Pain Awareness
Give our office a call and we would love to provide you with the information you need to keep your dog or cat as pain-free as possible. You can call us at (207) 453-7387, swing by our office in Fairfield or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.