“Press Paws” on Pain with PetMeds®

In observance of Animal Pain Awareness Month, PetMeds® is helping pet parents learn about recognizing and managing pain in pets and giving away 8 pain prevention prize packs through the month of September.

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, first started by the American Chronic Pain Association in 2001 to help pet parents learn about pain awareness and management for cats and dogs.

Even the most caring and attentive pet parents can miss signs that their cat or dog is feeling unwell. Untreated pain can not only impede the animal’s quality of life, but also increase stress, prevent exercise, and even delay healing. Pet parents should be aware of different types of pain and the most commonly overlooked symptoms.

Acute pain describes short-term pain that’s brought on quickly, usually from a bone break, a sprain, a muscle injury, or an infection. It’s often easy to recognize when it manifests as obvious symptoms like limping or whining, but may appear as changes in behavior like growling, snapping, or avoiding affection.

Chronic pain is long-term, lasting at least three months, and it’s usually associated with conditions like arthritis, hip or elbow dysplasia, cancer, and dental disease. Symptoms of chronic pain may be more likely to go unnoticed as they can appear gradually.

Symptoms like slowing down, sleeping more, and refusing to eat are often misconstrued as normal signs of aging. Many times, pets act like their younger selves after starting chronic pain treatment.

Chronic and acute pain may be mild or severe. Depending on where it occurs in the body, it may be somatic, visceral, or neuropathic. Somatic pain affects the limbs and skin, for example, a cut or sprain. Visceral pain affects internal organs. Neuropathic pain from nerve or spinal cord injuries tends to cause tingling, burning, or shooting pain.

Pet parents who suspect their pet may be in pain should talk to their veterinarian about treatment options, which range from medication, supplements, physical therapy and surgeries to acupuncture, electromagnetic therapy, hydrotherapy and massage.

PetMeds® is honoring Animal Pain Awareness Month by giving away Pain Prevention Prize Packs which will include T-Relief Tablets, Super Joint Enhancer Liquid, Cosequin for Dogs or Cats, and our new Prana Pets Joint & Muscle Supplement for Pain and Mobility Issues. All dog and cat parents are invited to enter for a chance to win by leaving a comment below.

The giveaway runs from September 1, 2022, through September 30, 2022. Everyone who enters from 12:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) September 1, 2022, to September 30, 2022, at 11:59 PM ET is eligible to win.

Win A Pain Prevention Prize Package From PetMeds®!
How can you tell when your pet is in pain? Let us know below, and you could win a FREE Pain Prevention Prize Package from PetMeds®! Two winners will be chosen at random Every Monday in September , so everyone who participates has a chance to win! There will be a total of four (8) winners. (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck!   

Congrats to our Week 1 Winners Gail Hurt in Kentucky, and Heung Ng in Ohio, Week 2 Winners Allison Winser in Pennsylvania and Millie Penna in Pennsylvania, Week 3 Jim Hayes in Maryland and Kristian Cade in North Carolina, and Week 4 Kandy Thome in Pennsylvania and Jim Hayes in Maryland. Look out for an email from us! This contest has ended, but make sure to check out October’s giveaway!

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  1. I can tell when my dog is in pain when she doesn’t get up from the couch. She doesn’t do her happy wiggle or happy pee. It breaks my heart to see animals hurt/in pain.

  2. I can tell when my little Tinkerbell is in pain cause she looks at me with the saddest eyes and she just wants me to cuddle her

  3. It sounds odd but I can tell when Zephy is in pain if she refuses my socks at the end of the day. That is the number one thing she can never resist and if I take yhem off and she makes no move to pounce on them I know something is wrong!

  4. I keep my dog’s kennel open all the time because that’s where he goes when he wants to nap or get away from guests, it’s his comfortable safe spot. When he is in pain I noticed that he won’t leave the kennel, it takes lots of encouragement and treats to get him out.

  5. My dog blaze came to us last year, and was a service dog to someone that passed away. My family adopted him, because I wanted to a trained dog, not a puppy. I just couldn’t resist him, and can tell he’s had a rough life, so my job is to make sure he has it good the rest of his years. Blaze is older so I can tell hes in pain when he walks. He gets comfortable in his bed and doesn’t move until he has too.
    I have 2 young boys and he so protective of them and let’s my 2 year old do whatever to him ( which I don’t allow, lol). But blaze needs medicine for his joints so he can keep playing fetch with the boys. Blaze is a blessing to us and couldn’t have gotten a better dog. I just want to be pain free, and happy.

  6. My male Giant schnauzer had 2 knee replacements b4 he was 3years old.
    At 8 years of age now, he’s having GREAT difficulty rising from a laying down position.
    He’s also showing signs of difficulty in both front “wrists”
    He is on adequan, gabapentin, novox, and metocarbamol.
    Is there any other medicine that would help him with his obvious pain?

  7. Not So Crazy Cat LadySeptember 13, 2022 at 5:00 am

    When I ask my Harley dog if she want to go for a walk usually she comes right to me or to the door but when her hips hurt and she is having a bad day she comes to me and just lays next to me on the floor it’s time for a little hug. A big hug even hurts. Love my 13 year old pure bread yellow lab partner. She used to be my husband’s partner but he passed away three years ago so now it’s just Harley and me( and three cats)!!

  8. He lowers his head (bows) and gives the most serious look. It can be more about noticing a decrease in the normal happiness levels, because often times dogs hide their pain.

  9. I can tell my baby in pain when he refuses his morning and/ or evening rubs. He will just lay around moping.

  10. My babygirl is 11 years old and sometimes I can tell that shes just over ir. Doesn’t want to play. We got her a new baby and she tries.

  11. I can tell when they are in pain by facial expressions and noises they make and the way they are behaving. My oldest dog will paw me to let me know if something is wrong with her

  12. I can tell by facial expressions when they are in pain also sounds that they make…my oldest dog will paw me to let me know when something is wrong with her.

  13. They usually isolate when they are in pain also

  14. Hello. My little Shih Tzu dog is 5 years old and her name is Chloe. She has had an on-going issue with ear infections since about 2. I’m told they are due to yeast infections of the ear.
    She shows her discomfort and pain by shying away from being pet around her eats. But this little girl doesn’t whimper or whine. So I’m constantly keeping an eye on her ears.

  15. I can tell when she wants to stay next to me and also she will whine and lick the area with pain.

  16. If my cats are in pain or having problems, I usually look for them to “hide”, like not wanting to do the same things or not wanting to be around us as much. I also look for changes in eating and drinking habits. Check their bowl movements and urine if possible. The frequency is also important. If it’s an outward injury, I look for limps or “favoring” a certain body part. How they are breathing can show signs of injury. Lastly I check the color of the gums and pinch the scruff of their neck to check for dehydration. All of these things are a clear sign something is not right with my cats and can also be used for any animal as well. I always give my cats a quick daily little check to ensure nothing is festering or bothering them.

  17. We have rescued dogs, cats and even two turtles over the last few years. Since they were rescued we never knew what condition they were in so we had to pay attention to their behaviors. Once they got used to us, most we come to our side and look up to us with those great eyes as if to say, “Can I have a little loving?” This was especially true when they were in pain. We also learned that caring for the rescued demands your attention, your love, and your patience. Thanks for helping us out with some of the pain alternatives.

  18. Jeannie Miller aka Vida’s Main MinionSeptember 13, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Vida Marie is a strange mix. We’ve always thought she was from outer space not to mention has some feline in her. But she is a dog! I know when she’s in pain because she slow and cautious when she gets up from her various beds or she hesitates jumping out of the truck after a walk. She has drop foot in both of her hind legs and walks on her curled feet. She is on gabapentin and carprofen. And takes Desaquin. Nevertheless, she is her own dog and continues to operate on a different frequency than me or anyone/anything else.

  19. My cats will sleep a lot and hunch up not moving around very much.

  20. My 11.5 yr old yellow lab mix, Max has been on both Carprophen (ordered here) and Gabapentin from people pharmacy for years for his nerve pain, neck/disc issue pain and as got older now has knee pain in rear legs so he shuffles his feet. I’ve tried Cosequin with him AND for my senior cats too. And I’ve also ordered & tried various supplement powders (ie. glucosamine, chondroitin & MSM). SO my dog & cats would be good candidate for a prize package 🙂

  21. Phil lets me know if he is in pain, my chihuahua is 15 years old, still chases his ball outside and runs like the wind. But when he hurts he moans and cries and yips and nips at me. He doesn’t seem to be too bad anymore, since I started him on vitamins and added vegetables to his diet. But I’m sure that won’t be enough one day soon.

  22. Mitch my fourteen year old cat could use some help. It seems as though there are way fewer meds for cats than there are for dogs. He has lost weight, to where I wouldn’t want him to lose any more. I have various pieces of furniture placed by my bed so he can still try to fight me for my pillow.
    If there is anything available for cats, or if Mitch wins, we would be ever so grateful. Thank you.

  23. My dog will cease being as active, stop eating and finds a place in the house away from other dogs when she’s in pain.

  24. Golden Retrievers are always happy dogs. When their tail is between their legs and not up like a flag, I know they’re hurting

  25. My dog Max is a German Shepherd and about to turn 16 years old. He’s been dealing with arthritis in his back legs these last few years.

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