How to Know if Your Pet is in Pain
It can be difficult to tell if your pet is in pain. After all, they can’t use words to tell us how they feel. Use these tips to become aware of signs that your pet may need medical attention when there are no overt signs.
Dogs feel pain for many of the same reasons as humans: infections, dental problems, arthritis, bone disease and cancer. They also feel discomfort following surgical procedures. You are in the best position to look for the subtle changes in behavior that may indicate your pet is suffering. It?s important to stay alert to these signs, because the sooner your dog?s pain is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he or she can heal and resume a normal, happy life. If your dog shows one or more of these behaviors and you suspect it may be due to pain, notify us immediately.
(especially a previously friendly dog)
Cats often disguise the fact that they are in pain. That may be because in the wild, cats that appear sick or injured are vulnerable to predators. Cat pain can be caused by things like arthritis, dental problems, urinary tract infections, bone disease, and cancer. Pain is also common following a surgical procedure. You are in the best position to look for the subtle changes in behavior that may indicate your cat is suffering. It?s important to stay alert, because the sooner your cat?s pain is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he or she can heal and resume a normal, happy life. If your cat exhibits one or more of these behaviors that you suspect may be due to pain, notify us immediately.
(especially in a previously friendly cat)
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