September is Animal Pain Awareness Month: Is your pet in pain?
Do you think you would know if your pet was in pain?
Although acute pain can be obvious, with signs like whining, crying, or lameness, chronic pain can be more subtle. Animals are good at hiding their pain, but there are signs to watch for.
Change in Movement
Animals with chronic pain don’t move as freely as they once did. They may have difficulty jumping onto the couch or bed or have difficulty jumping into the car. Stairs can sometimes become challenging. Sometimes dogs will be stiff first thing in the morning or struggle when standing up from a sit.
A usually playful dog may no longer be interested in his favorite activity. Or a dog may be excited to go on a walk but not be able to go as far as usual. A friendly cat might stop snuggling or may even become grumpy.
There is hope!
Veterinary medicine offers several options to treat pain in animals. There are new medications and supplements that, when used in coordination with each other, have fewer side effects.
Rehabilitation addresses pain with several modalities, including massage, TENS, LASER, heat, and cold. Exercises can stretch stiff muscles and maintain range of motion in stiff joints. Strengthening muscles helps maintain mobility.
Rehabilitation combined with appropriate medications offers improved quality of life.
We encourage you to contact your veterinarian if you notice any of these signs of pain in your pet. If you think rehab might help your pet, feel free to contact us at (541)514-5061.