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Recognizing Pain in Pets

When our pets are in pain, it may not be noticeable to us because animals try to hide pain by survival instinct. They may learn to tolerate the pain or try to hide so as not to be noticed. There are a few signs that can clue you in on your pet’s pain in order to get them treatment and help them feel back-to-normal.

Signs of pain in pets:

  • Weight loss due to loss of appetite or inability to bend down to food dish
  • Avoiding touch or playing
  • Difficulty getting in/out of the car or up/down stairs
  • Being more vocal than usual by whining and whimpering
  • Constantly licking or chewing at a particular area
  • Inability to get comfortable
  • Heavy panting and increased heart rate

If your pet’s behavior or personality has noticeably changed, he may be displaying signs of pain. It’s important to discuss any of these signals with your veterinarian in order to catch injury or conditions early on and prevent long-term complications. Be sure to never administer human pain killers such as Tylenol which are toxic to pets, even in small amounts.

By keeping a close relationship with your pet and regularly engaging with a petting massage, you will be able to notice signs of pain very early and help your pet in times of need.

Information obtained from Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA.

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