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Guest Blog by Andrea Putt, DVM

Pet owners might not realize that their pet is in pain.  They might think that their pet is slowing down because of age, but this is not the case. They are in pain.

No matter what the pet’s age, play and activity should never stop.

One of my patients is a 10-year-old Golden Retriever named Murphy.  His owners noticed him having problems getting in the car. Murphy also did not want to go upstairs with them at night anymore. They assumed that it was because Murphy was getting older and that there wasn’t much that could be done.

After I had examined Murphy,  it was apparent that he had arthritis in his hips.  We discussed a plan to help his pain.  There are many options for control of pain: oral pain relief medications, “natural” medications, cold laser therapy, acupuncture, physical rehabilitation exercises at home or at a rehabilitation center, massage therapy, diet and exercise plans.  Following treatment, Murphy became more playful and engaged with his family.

Millions of dogs and cats have osteoarthritis. Our goal as veterinarians is to improve the quality of life of pets at every stage of life.

Come to Pain Doesn’t Have to Hurt on Thursday, November 19, part of Pawsitively Healthy: An informative series for the health & wellbeing of your dog or cat.  You will learn more about how to tell if your pet is in pain and options for helping your pet live the best life possible.

Find out about pet “comfort care” at Pain doesn’t have to hurt, our Pawsitively Healthy workshop on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at White Lake (Highland Rd.) Pet Supplies Plus store

Pain doesn’t have to hurt will be held Thursday, November 19, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the  White Lake Pet Supplies Plus store at 6845 Highland RdSpace is limited; advance registration required. Please remember to leave your pets at home.  Donation is $5 per workshop.  All proceeds go to Elizabeth Lake Animal Rescue.   Register at  http://www.nootersclub.org/PSPworkshops.htm

Pain doesn’t have to hurt. Pawsitively Healthy workshop on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

Could your dog or cat be living with pain? Find out how to tell if your pet is hurting, along with the latest treatments, at our Pawsitively Healthy workshop on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at my White Lake (Highland Rd.) store

Pain doesn’t have to hurt will be held Thursday, November 19, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at my White Lake store at 6845 Highland RdSpace is limited; advance registration required. Please remember to leave your pets at home.  Donation is $5 per workshop.  All proceeds go to Elizabeth Lake Animal Rescue.  Register at: http://www.nootersclub.org/PSPworkshops.htm

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Having multiple cats living at my house – and managing two Kitty City adoption centers at two of my stores – I am most familiar with what pain can do to cats – but I am sure the same consequences apply to dogs.

I have seen cats that are in pain – from sickness or injury – or from ongoing disease.  And it can cause them to stop eating, become depressed and quickly go downhill in terms of their health.

With all the new treatment today, no pet should ever be in pain.  But pet owners have got to learn how to spot the signs.  In cats, in particular, the signs can be subtle. But if you pay attention, you can spot them.  Signs in cats include diminished appetite, inactivity, no interest in play and in some cases, tooth grinding.  I imagine this is similar for dogs.

On Thursday, November 19, Andrea Putt, DVM, of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital will talk about spotting signs of pain in pets and options for treatment, at our workshop, Pain doesn’t have to hurt, at my White Lake (Highland Rd.) store.

There is ONE MAIN RULE that I learned a long time ago when it comes to pets:  if your pet is “not acting quite right,” call your vet.  This is usually a sign that something is going on –and that something could be that your dog or cat is hurting.

I am hoping that you can join us for this seminar which is sure to teach us all something about our pets.  Before you come, I recommend a little preparation so that you can get the most out of the workshop.

  • Observe your dog or cat more closely to see if you see any differences in how he or she walks, jumps or goes up and down stairs.
  • Pay attention to eating habits – how much enthusiasm does your pet have for meal time and for treats?
  • Does your dog or cat want to play – or are they spending more time being inactive?

IDEA: VIDEOTAPE your pet if you are seeing any of the above and bring this with you to the workshop.  This will help you explain what your pet is doing to Dr. Putt.  What is the phrase:  a picture is worth 1,000 words – so what must a video be worth?!

 Be sure to check back for more Pawsitively Healthy workshops!  Upcoming topics include kidney disease, arthritis, thyroid disease and more.