Recognizing Pain and Distress in Your Pets

September is Pain Awareness Month for our furry friends! Because
they cannot advocate for themselves and tell us when they are in pain, it is
important that we keep a close eye on various factors such as the weather, when
assessing whether or not our pets could be in pain. Below are a few tips to
keep in mind so you can be sure that your four-legged friend is pain free!
  • A
    decreased appetite in a cat or dog is a sure sign that something isn’t
    right. Whether it’s because they have a stomach ache or something more
    serious, you should definitely check with your vet should this persist.
  • Consistent
    grooming or licking one specific area by your cat or dog could mean that
    they are irritated in that spot, and are trying to get your attention.
  • A
    general decrease in activity should serve as a red flag. If the activity
    level of your animal is below the norm, it could be because they are
    irritated or not feeling well.
  • If
    your animals are reluctant to jump up onto surfaces they are otherwise
    comfortable with going on, this is another sign they are experiencing some
    pain. This tip is especially true for cats. They might have injured
    themselves jumping off of a surface they are regularly on.
  • If
    your dog or cat has stopped using the stairs to go to other levels in your
    home, this could be a sign of osteoarthritis and should be checked out by
    your vet. Another sign of osteoarthritis is shown primarily through
    animals who have a hard time standing up after lying down. If your dog or
    cat has significantly slowed down, you should contact your vet.
Understanding your pet’s health and wellness is equally as
important to understanding how to spot their pain. If your pet exhibits unusual
behavior and you think something might be wrong, give us a call, we’re always
here to help!

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