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Posted on 09-12-2017

Animal Pain Awareness Month

Animal Pain Awareness

Have you ever wondered if your pet is in pain? It's not always easy to tell. This month at Dr. Nina's Animal Hospital, we want to honor Animal Pain Awareness Month by sharing important information about pets in pain with our local cat and dog owners in the Sarasota and Parrish, FL area. 

Common Signs of a Cat or Dog in Pain

If you notice any of the following behaviors in your pet, then it's possible you are dealing with a cat in pain or a dog in pain: 

  • Decreased interest or participation in physical activity
  • Decreased appetite, difficulty chewing food, or frequently dropping food (an indicator of pain in the mouth)
  • Difficulty getting up from the floor, standing, climbing stairs, and/or jumping up onto a surface 
  • Excessive licking or grooming at a certain area
  • Increased vocalization
  • Unusual aggression 
  • Trembling

Of course, many of these behaviors may also indicate a problem other than or in addition to pain. So no matter what, you should speak with your vet if your animal begins exhibiting any of these signs. 

What You Should Do if Your Pet is In Pain

As mentioned, if you suspect your pet is in pain, be sure to schedule an appointment with our vet. At Dr. Nina's, we can determine the cause of your pet's discomfort and determine the most appropriate, effective, and affordable plan of treatment. 

Here are a few other recommendations for how to help your dog or cat in pain: 

  • Provide any prescribed pain medications exactly as directed by the vet.
  • Ensure that your pet has access to a quiet, comfortable space with a soft space to rest and plenty of fresh water.
  • Ask our vet team about remote monitoring technology which can help you track your pet's pain levels and adjust treatment accordingly. 

Schedule an Appointment with Your Sarasota and Parrish Veterinarian

If you have a dog in pain or a cat in pain (acute or chronic), then schedule an appointment with our veterinarian in Sarasota and Parrish. We offer a wide range of comprehensive vet services that can help your cat or dog live with more comfort and ease. 

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