“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 Dennis J McCarthy in Pennsylvania. Look out for an email from us!

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  1. When he is in pain, Teddy tucks tail and slinks around as if he ate the couch. He also refuses to go on walks- which he loves.

  2. I can tell when Waldo is in pain cuz he limps and his head bobs.

  3. I can tell when my Wally boy is in pain, by the way his usual routine and activities are interrupted from him not feeling good!!

  4. Chico lays around and wants to be held. He’s also grouchy – growling and barking at every noise. He’s a 14 year old chihuahua.

  5. My seven year old Pittie mix, Fancy, has chronic pain in her left rear hip/leg from a torn ligament injury. When she has a flare up, she “bobs” her leg like a horse does when he/she is lame in one leg or foot and will constantly come to me and lay her head in my lap as if to tell me “Mommy, I need some medicine”. She is currently on once a month injections of Adequan. I’d love to try some non-prescription/holistic treatments.

  6. My dog Agnes will go in another room to be by herself. She will not want to come out to the barn with me when I feed the horse which she loves to do every morning. Her toys stay in her basket and she dosent want her love hugs. I feel awful for her.

  7. Ringo’s ears bother him regularly. And you can tell when he is in pain when he hides in my closet among the pile of shirts that need to go to the dry cleaners.

  8. My 12 yr old dog suffers from joint pain after being struck by a vehicle and received hip surgery . We started using adequan and she takes me on walks now!

  9. He comes to his mother or papa rubs his nose and butt on them and looks in their eyes like he can tell us out his mouth they talk to him until they can figure it out

  10. My dog has arthritis and hides in closet and Lay’s around when he is in pain and won’t play much. He has good and bad days.

  11. My boy is getting old he has joint pain. Doesnt get up and run with his brother too much anymore.

  12. My boy is getting old he has joint pain. Doesnt get up and run with his brother too much anymore. Id love for him to get relief

  13. Peanut licks herself excessively when she is in pain. She will hide under the couch and refuse to come out until her much larger sister walks by and she attacks her feet.

  14. My cat Merlin yells at me and tucks himself in a ball in a random spot.

  15. Thor refuses to bear weight on his paw when it hurts and limps around like a three legged dog. Poor pup 😞

  16. Dull eyes, heavy panting and trembling can be signs of pain in an animal.

  17. He’s not his usual playful self.

  18. Teddy is in obvious pain after he plays hard or runs a long way. He limps, he can’t jump on the bed, and he won’t eat. 🙁

  19. My 10 year old dog is in obvious pain after he plays hard or runs a long way. He limps, he can’t jump on the bed, and he won’t eat. 🙁

  20. Kobe is 10 years old and he gets a bad rubbing rash on both sides of his belly, and it looks very painful and angry and I know he has knuckle pain because he sometimes bites at it. He’s not as active as he once was

  21. I have 2 dogs. Honey Bunny 8 years and Zakk 16 years. When Honey is in pain she will basically stay in her bed and whimpers. When Zakk is in pain he just barks and cries, breaks my heart! 💕🐾

  22. My beautiful pandemic puppies, Oreo and Bitty, are still young so pretty durable but I can tell when I look deep into their eyes and if they give a little “hmmmm”? ,,,then they’re probably hurting from a momentary lack of treats

  23. By the sounds he makes. He almost will make a little moan or cry. Also he will walk slow/in discomfort.

  24. Our adopted cat Wyatt, who is nornally a lean mean machine suddenly went into a corner to be alone

  25. When Mr.Cash is in pain he wants even more cuddles and snuggling than normal. I know when his arthritis is really acting up when he gets up from his bed slower or his body is stiff while walking. He’s a tough dog that tries to hide his pain to continue to bring love, joy and happiness to everyone around him.

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