How to Tell If and When Your Pet May Be in Pain
Pain can be a difficult thing to quantify – and it’s that much more difficult when it comes to cats and dogs. Every animal feels pain, but only the animal (or human) that is actually in pain knows its severity. Then there’s the fact that most animals often mask the fact that they are in pain. This is a long-ingrained means of protecting themselves because in the wild, a weak or injured animal could be considered prey.
It’s important to know that pain can affect cats and dogs on emotional, physical, and mental levels, just like it can in humans. The pain can also be felt despite the lack of physical damage to the animal, and it can be elevated by things like fear, stress, and even memory.
How to Assess Your Pet’s Pain
Humans in pain will always let you know about it. They will either moan and groan, or flat out complain about a specific painful experience. Dogs and cats, on the other hand, are prone not to verbalize their pain. They will often suffer in silence, and this can make identifying the pain even more of a challenge. Of course, depending on the severity of the pain, a dog may whine and a cat may meow, but this is not always the case.
Due to the inconsistencies in vocalizations, you may have to rely on other signs to know when your pet might be in a state of pain. If you think this is the case, take a moment and think about how you act when you’re in pain. Surprisingly, animals and humans do react to pain in several similar ways. Here are some things to watch for:
- Loss of appetite
- Constant trembling
- Licking or biting a part of her body
- Short, shallow breaths
- Eliminating in the house or outside of the litterbox
- Less socializing with other pets and people
- Wants to be alone
- Starts growling or shying away when you get closer or attempt to touch her
Your Pet Relies on You to Assess Her Pain
Pets are known for suffering in silence because they can’t verbalize their pain. As a result, your pet relies on you to properly assess her pain and to get her the treatment she needs to alleviate it.
Paying close attention to your pet will help you identify signs that she might be suffering. When you sit with her, use your hand to gently palpitate the areas of her body. If she cries out, jumps, or tries to nip your hand, then the area you are checking is overly sensitive and it could be where the pain is originating from.
When to Seek a Veterinarian’s Help for Pets in Pain
Pain is not something to take lightly in a pet. It can be caused by a wide range of factors, some more serious than others. Any time you notice your pet is displaying signs of pain, carefully look her over to see if there is a physical cause, such as a scratch, cut, or something caught in her foot pads. If you can’t tell what is causing her pain, then you should take her to the veterinarian for a more complete examination.
Make sure you tell the vet everything you know about when the signs started, how your pet has been acting, and whether she has been involved in something that might have caused an injury.
The veterinarian will perform a physical examination and if necessary, blood and urine tests, as well as x-ray or other imaging tests to confirm or deny a diagnosis.
Diamondback Drugs Custom-Formulates Pain Meds for Pets
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Author: Giano Panzarella