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September is National Pain Awareness Month

September Is National Pain Awareness Month

How can you tell if your pet is in pain? Do you see your pet limping or struggling to get up from a down position? Is he pawing at his mouth? Unexplained and sudden aggression?

There are many reasons pets experience pain. Aging pets experience arthritis symptoms much like people do. Dental disease can happen at any age but is most prevalent as a pet ages. A sore mouth causes significant pain and there isn't one thing your pet can do to relieve that pain if you don't step in to help. Arthritis is a painful condition but can be helped with proper medications prescribed by your veterinarian. Remember... never give your pet your medication. Do not give Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Advil, or Aspirin. Your veterinarian may be limited at what they can prescribe if you have given anything you have at home. Many human medications can be fatal to our pets, so let the prescribing be done by your veterinarian.

Signs of pain in dogs:

· decreased appetite

· aggression

· refusing to move or get up (loss of activity)

· growling or aggression

· pawing at mouth

· licking one spot on their body

· whimpering or howling

· posture changes

· Limping

Signs of pain in cats:

· hissing or growling

· hiding

· reluctance to move around

· loss of appetite

· stiff gait

· urinary or defecating changes

· weight loss

· excessive licking
Pain is a disease. It can be acute or chronic. You might think your pet is slowing down just because he's "Getting old". But that doesn't mean he isn't feeling pain. Your veterinarian can help ease your pet's pain in many ways. Laser therapy, Acupuncture, pain medication, rehabilitation methods such as hydrotherapy and much more.

If you suspect your pet is in pain, don't wait to seek help from your veterinarian. Think if you were in pain. You'd seek out a doctor immediately to stop or ease your pain. Don't you think your pet deserves the same?

Please see our Veterinarian Page and call to schedule your pet's medical appointment today if you feel they are in pain.
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