“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. My Tazz always comes to his mama when he hurts or feels bad. He wants to be held and cuddled.

  2. When My Koda is fearful of going up the steps or getting on the bed with her Daddy. And when I check her hind legs and she jerks it back.

  3. When My Koda is fearful of going up the steps or getting on the bed with her Daddy. And when I check her hind legs and she is afraid to be touched.

  4. My dog Gunner has a mass coming out of his paw pad which makes him limp. If I try to touch it he growls.

  5. Vanessa Charie BurrowsSeptember 21, 2022 at 5:08 am

    My rescue boy Finian was a 5month old puppy and weighed only 9lbs, he is 1 year old now and 93 lbs. He was beaten and his skull was broken, he was starved and neglected and taught to fight. I rescued 7 pits with him. They all had severe pain with broken limbs, blindness and neglect. Now today all of them have been adopted and are different meds for pain and any thier issues.

  6. My greyhound is very stoic. She will get a little needy when she is in pain.

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  8. My Sierra will walk slower than usual when she was in pain and limp a little.

  9. My dog Max has arthritis in both of his back hind legs. He’s 16 years old and sometimes has hard time getting up and around.

  10. My dog paws me, wanting help with some relief.

  11. By my dogs facial expression and mood

  12. She would hide and meow different.

  13. I can tell if Blaze is in pain because he’ll yip.

  14. Cali will be 13 in December. We adopted her at 10 months and she has been a great addition to our family. She got a sister last March and loves being a big sis,but is slowing down with stairs and no more jumping on the furniture. She uses stairs to get in and off our bed,but needs extra help getting up the stairs at times.

  15. My name is Casey from Waltham Ma. And I have 2 older Cats and 1 7 yr. Old Golden retriever doggo. Recently my cat Tigerlilly a male older cat had his leg amputated due to a large abscess. My dog Honey layed on his blanket with him till he got better. The thing is, they never really bothered with one another before this. Love, our and simple.

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