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September is Animal Pain Awareness Month

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month

It’s important to know how pain can be exhibited in pets since they are unable to tell you when they are experiencing pain.

Signs your pet might be in pain:

  • Stiff gait
  • Reluctant to get up when laying down
  • Holding head in a lower position
  • Not wanting to jump up or down onto the bed or couch
  • Crying out or whining especially with movement or being touched or lifted up
  • Decreased appetite
  • Change in personality
  • Restlessness
  • Panting
  • Reluctant to use the stairs
  • Lethargy
  • Hiding
  • Irritability or uncharacteristic aggression
  • Limping or holding leg up
  • Hunched back
  • Tucked up abdomen
  • Rapid breathing
  • Decrease in sleeping

What should you do if you believe your pet may be in pain?

  • Keep your pet calm and quiet
  • DO NOT give over the counter medication that is made for humans like Ibuprofen or Tylenol!
  • Call your veterinarian – Knox Pet Clinic has 3 great doctors! Call us at 309.343.6156. We also staff an emergency line for after-hours (till 9pm) and on holidays & weekends