In the wild, outward signs of pain or illness make animals more vulnerable to predators. So, cats and dogs instinctively mask their pain, which means it can sometimes be difficult to know when a pet is sick or hurting.
In honor of National Animal Pain Awareness Month in September, our veterinarian, Dr. John Lewis is spreading awareness about the signs and symptoms of pain in pets. So that pet parents everywhere can be more aware of their pets’ condition and know when to seek veterinary care.
8 Signs of Pain in Pets
Pay close attention to your pet’s behavior, so you’ll be able to detect the subtle changes that can sometimes indicate illness and pain.
1. Excessive Vocalization
Yowling, howling, hissing, barking, and growling excessively can all be signs of pain in dogs and cats.
2. Mobility Issues
Limping, limb favoring, trouble standing up, difficulty laying down, reluctance to participate in active play, or struggling to jump up or down from the bed can indicate musculoskeletal pain in pets.
3. Excessive Grooming
Cats that start grooming excessively or dogs that lick, bite, or chew on a specific area could be in pain.
4. Excessive Panting or Purring
Dogs and cats sometimes pant or purr to comfort and calm themselves. When a dog pants at rest or a cat purrs more than usual, it could be hurting.
5. Isolation and Antisocial Behavior
A suffering pet might withdraw from its family, and a normally snuggly animal might not want to be touched.
6. Unusual Aggression
When a normally docile pet acts out aggressively, it can indicate pain.
7. Unexplained Changes in Routine
Restlessness, sleeping more than normal, appetite loss, or having accidents in the house could indicate pain.
8. Changes to Your Pet’s Appearance
When in pain, your pet’s posture, gait, or expressions might seem different.
Pain Relief for Pets With at Our Goldsboro Veterinary Clinic
Pets can experience pain for a variety of reasons that range from acute illness and injury to chronic and systemic diseases. If you think your pet might be hurting, we strongly encourage you to schedule an examination at Eastwaye Veterinary Clinic.
Our veterinarian will examine your pet, determine the underlying cause of your pet’s pain, and recommend a comprehensive treatment plant designed to provide symptomatic relief while addressing the underlying cause of discomfort.