Cats often get the short end of the stick when it comes to veterinary care. More than half don’t receive yearly exams, according to some studies, and are often under-diagnosed with conditions such as degenerative joint disease.

 

Download Brochure 1: How Do I Know If My Cat is In Pain?

Download Brochure 2: Degenerative Joint Disease in Cats

 

Upwards of 92% of cats may have DJD, if you can believe it. 92 percent! Raise your hand if nine out of ten of your feline patients are currently being treated for DJD. Anyone?

 

One of the main reasons they are left behind is that our furry feline friends are so adept at hiding signs of illness and pain, owners often don’t recognize that their pet is ill under the disease process is well underway.

 

By the time they make it into the clinic, they have often been painful for months or even longer. In retrospect, owners may realize the signs were always there, but what good does that do if they don’t realize it until after the fact?

 

The American Association of Feline Practitioners has done a bang-up job now for many years advocating for best practices in feline medicine, in order to elevate our understanding and care of these patients.

 

This year, they’ve taken on feline pain as one of their educational initiatives, and have created two fantastic brochures that are free to view and download. Spread the word!

 

Download Brochure 1: How Do I Know If My Cat is In Pain?

Download Brochure 2: Degenerative Joint Disease in Cats

 

Helping pet owners recognize the often subtle signs of discomfort so it can be promptly addressed is one of the best ways for veterinary clinics to be proactive in helping cats get the care they need. Under-treatment of pain has long been one of veterinary medicine’s biggest struggles, and felines may suffer the most for it.

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