Animal Pain Awareness Month

Animal Pain Awareness Month

The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) educates and informs pet owners about their pet’s health and well-being when it comes to pain management, be it acute or chronic pain.

IVAPM has proclaimed September as Animal Pain Awareness Month, and this coincides with human medicine’s Pain Awareness Month. Animals suffer from pain just like people do. Pain comes in many forms: surgical pain, arthritis and cancer related pain, just to name a few.  Acute pain is obvious and distressing. Chronic pain can be subtle, and masked as “getting old” or “slowing down.”  Old age is not a disease, but pain is. There are many options to treat the various causes of pain in animals including pain medications, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, laser therapy, and therapeutic massage.

The proclamation of the month is in keeping with IVAPM’s commitment to encouraging pain management for all animal species through education and advocacy. During this annual campaign, IVAPM is also encouraging various veterinary organizations to raise public awareness about pain and pain management as it pertains to veterinary patients.

How You Can Get Involved

There are several ways you can get involved and spread the word about Animal Pain Awareness Month.

  • Download the posters below and display them at your clinic
  • Run a banner ad on your website
  • Share the awareness graphics on social media

Thank you in advance for your committment to raising awareness about pet pain.

Downloadable Posters

Make sure you download any or all posters that you can print and place in your office so your patients can be more educated about pet pain signs and symptoms.


  • Download this graphic.
  • Cut out the Cat (Flat Fluffy) or the Dog (Flat Fido) or both.
  • Vets and Vet office staff must take pictures in interesting places and have the flat Fluffy and/or Flat Fido cutout somewhere in the photo – Most interesting place wins! (Ex. Animal receiving PT with Fluffy/Fido in the background)

Winner will receive:

IVAPM Members
Member notification begins in August

Winning office will win a FREE 1 year IVAPM membership extension plus an additional 1 year IVAPM membership for 1 vet and 1 tech in the office!

IVAPM Non Members
Contest will start Sept. 1

Vet or Vet Tech will win 1 year FREE IVAPM membership!

Digital & Social Graphics

Make sure you use any or all digital assets on your available marketing channels so your patients can learn more about pet pain signs.


Leaderboard Banner Ad – 950×90

Rectangle Banner Ad – 300×250

Facebook Share Graphic

Instagram Share Graphic


Leaderboard Banner Ad – 950×90

Rectangle Banner Ad – 300×250

Facebook Share Graphic

Instagram Share Graphic

Is Your Pet in Pain?

Click here to view the common signs of pain.