Animals are people too, right?! So, to coincide with human pain awareness month, we have animal pain awareness month. Cats and dogs can both suffer from osteoarthritis, as well as other types of pain, so owners need to be aware of changes in their pets mobility and behavior.
Humans are more likely to tell you when they are in pain (with notable exceptions). However, animals don’t want to be seen as the weak link. They want to be strong for you! According to the International Veterinary Academy of Pain, “Pain comes in many forms. Surgical pain, arthritis and cancer related pain are just a few. Acute pain is obvious and distressing. Chronic pain can be subtle, and masked as “getting old” or “slowing down.” Old age is not a disease, but pain is. There are many options to treat the various causes of pain in animals including pain medications, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, laser therapy, and therapeutic massage.”
If you think your pet might be suffering from any kind of pain, Pikes Peak Vet has the knowledge to figure out what’s going on and connections to resources that can provide relief and/or help your pet manage any type of pain.
Please call us at 719-475-1747 or check in with us on the Pikes Peak Vet app of your choice to schedule a pain consult if you think there’s an issue. We want your years together to be worry-free and full of joy!