[Giveaway] Pain Awareness For Horses
September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, founded by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). Like all caring horse owners, you’d do anything to help your horse if you knew they were in pain. But due to their deep-rooted instinct to avoid showing vulnerability, horses tend to only show very subtle signs whens they’re not feeling their best. Even the most attentive horse-keepers, trainers, and veterinary professionals may miss the signs.
To help spread the word about Animal Pain Awareness Month, PetMeds® is giving away a Pain Awareness Prize Package for your horse through the month of September. Read on to learn how to identify signs of pain in your horse. Then enter for a chance to win!
How To Tell If A Horse Is In Pain
Current research suggests that nearly half of all sports horses show at least some signs of lameness. Animal behavior researchers are discovering subtle behaviors, changes in gait, and facial expressions that can indicate that a horse is hurting. Looking for these signs can ensure that you can treat your horse before their pain becomes more severe, greatly increasing their chances of a successful recovery.
Many horses that come off as “grumpy” or “lazy” are actually experiencing a chronic pain issue. If your horse becomes despondent, bites, or kicks when you approach with tack, when their girth is tightened, or when a rider attempts to mount them, a vet visit is in order to rule out an injury.
Some signs of pain are not noticeable when the horse is in the stable, though they may appear when the horse is hand-walked or ridden. Forelimb injuries tend to be more obvious, and they tend to originate in the hoof. Hindlimb injuries are harder to detect, but they generally present as consistent poor performance, rather than obvious lameness.
As a general rule, soft-tissue injuries are usually more apparent when the horse is walked on soft substrate, while bone and joint issues tend to become more symptomatic on hard surfaces.
Pain may not be evident in a horse’s overall disposition or in their gait, but it may be indicated in their facial expressions. Grimacing, tightened muscles around the eyes, dilated nostrils, a clenched jaw, pinned ears, and a tense stare are all possible signs of pain or stress.
Treating Pain In Horses
If you suspect your horse may be in pain, discontinue riding and sports until you have a diagnosis from your veterinarian. Until then, you can take note of any swelling, noticeable reactions upon handling, and heat radiating from the affected area. Let your vet know if your horse has any other symptoms including decreased appetite, lethargy, or changes in their heart rate or body temperature.
Once your horse has been diagnosed, you can explore conventional and holistic pain treatment options, including over-the-counter T-Relief Arnica, topical Liniment Gel, injectable Legend Solution, and Banamine oral paste. Ice packs, physical therapy, acupuncture, acupressure therapy, and massage can also help.
Enter the PetMeds® Pain Awareness Month Giveaway for Horses!
To celebrate the start of summer riding season, 1800PetMeds® is giving away some of our favorite products for preventing and treating pain in horses. Each week in September, we’ll pick one lucky winner to receive a Pain Awareness Prize Package containing Cosequin for Horses, Absorbine Veterinary Liniment Gel, and T-Relief Tablets.
The PetMeds® Pain Awareness Month Giveaway for Horses runs from Wednesday September 1, 2021, through Thursday, September 30, 2021. Everyone who comments from 9/1 to 9/30/21 is eligible to win. To enter, leave a comment below.
How does your horse let you know he’s in pain? And what types of pain prevention precautions do you take with your horse? Let us know below for a chance to win.
Congrats to our Week 1 Winner Linda in New Mexico, and our Week 2 Winner Donna in South Carolina. Look out for an email from us!