September is Animal Pain Awareness Month.

The aim of this month is to increase awareness of the pain that animals can experience, which can come in a number of forms. While acute pain is more obvious, chronic pain can be more subtle, so you may or may not notice it in your pet straight away.

For example, you might observe that your pet has become withdrawn, has lost weight, or isn’t eating as much. Take a look at the The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM)’s website for some common signs of pain in cats and dogs.

There are a number of things that can be done to treat or alleviate the pain your pet might be experiencing – for example; pain medication, physical rehabilitation and acupuncture, to name but a few.

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The IVAPM aims to “educate and inform pet owners about their pet’s health and well-being when it comes to pain management”. The IVAPM were the first to declare September as Animal Pain Awareness Month. They endeavour to encourage pain management through education and advocacy, and also raise public awareness about pain and pain management with regard to animals.

It’s really important to just be aware of the pain which animals can suffer from, and how this can be observed and treated. Keep an eye on your pets and don’t be afraid to contact the vet if you are worried they might be suffering from acute or chronic pain – better to be safe than sorry!