September is Animal Pain Awareness Month. In observation, AAHA Red has published an article about what veterinary practitioners can do to help themselves and their clients recognize and manage pain in pets.
In September, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM), a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to promoting, enhancing and advancing pain management in animals, is sponsoring the second annual Animal Pain Awareness Month. Scheduled to coincide with human medicine’s Pain Awareness Month, its theme is, “Because their pain is our pain.”
Practices can download free resources from the IVAPM website. Those resources include a “The Most Common Signs of Pain in Your Pet” poster, feline and canine questionnaires to assess patient pain, and other pain-related articles from the IVAPM website.
Practices are also encouraged to download the free AAHA resource, 2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.
“Education is paramount to diagnosing and treating pain,” Michael Petty, DVM, co-author of the 2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines, past president of the IVAPM, and author of Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs, told NEWStat.
For more information about Animal Pain Awareness Month and to view the full article, visit AAHA Red.