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pain in petsFiguring out if your pet is in pain is one of the biggest challenges for pet owners. If our pets could just tell us, it would make it much easier. But since they can’t, we have to learn for the signs of them experiencing pain.

Animals are programmed to hide pain. In the wild, showing that you are in pain would be a weakness to a predator and make you a target. Sometimes, in families with more than one pet, if one pet is in pain they may get attacked by the other pet because of this instinct.

Signs of Pain

Signs of pain can often come on gradually, so we need to pay attention to how our dog behaves and if it their behavior has changed over time.

In Dogs

  • Limping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Less active
  • Hunching their back
  • Becoming shy
  • Withdrawing from the family
  • Becoming aggressive
  • Not allowing people to touch them
  • Restlessness

In Cats

  • Same symptoms of dogs
  • Avoiding grooming
  • Not wanting human contact

If you think your pet is in pain and you are not sure why, you should bring them to the vet to be evaluated. There are many different kinds of tests the vet may do to help determine what kind of pain, the source, and intensity of the pain your pet is experiencing. This can range from a physical examination, blood work, X-rays, and ultrasounds.

Depending on what is causing the pain your Los Lunas vet will determine a treatment course that could be anything from rest to pain management medications.

If you are concerned about your pet, you should definitely see your vet immediately.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.