Tell-tale signs that your pet may be in pain (some may surprise you!)
Our pets suffer in silence because they can't speak. Therefore, it can be difficult to know when they are in any sort of pain, but they do let us know in their own way. Pet parents should be aware of the tell-tale signs that our pets give us to let us know when they're in pain, whether it's from arthritis, inflammation, a wound or infection.
Read on to find out how your pet communicates to you that they're in pain.
Aggressive or withdrawn behaviour
When animals are in pain, it's not uncommon for them to become withdrawn and avoid normal interaction. In fact, they might even become aggressive towards you or other animals when they feel like you're getting too close. Your pet might hide away, display antisocial behaviour or growl when someone gets too close. Dogs tend to be more vocal or expressive about their pain, while cats are usually stoic and tend to withdraw and become grumpy. Remember, that any type of behaviour change can be cause for concern.
Changes in eating, drinking or sleeping patterns
Animals who are in pain tend to sleep more as their bodies are trying to heal whatever is causing the pain. It may also be difficult for them to move around so you might notice them 'lazing' around a lot. It's also common to notice that they aren't eating or drinking as much as they used to.
Tip: If your pet seems generally fine and active, yet has difficulty eating (particularly dried food), it could be that they have dental pain.
Most animals will instinctually care for a wound by trying to clean it and soothe it by licking it. If your pet is licking a part of their body more than usual, take a look to see if there is a cut or any type of visible wound. Sometimes the pain can be internal, too.
Injury, arthritis, wounds and sore paws are common reasons why your pet is displaying mobility issues. Stiffness, limping and difficulty getting up/walking up stairs are obvious signs of pain. You might also notice that they don't want to play, exercise, or be as active as usual. When in pain, some animals also have a very rigid stance and hunched posture.
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A trembling animal can sometimes be something so simple as them feeling cold. In the same breath, a trembling animal can be huge cause for concern. Shaking can be caused by poisonings, fear, abdominal pain, muscle tremors or a deficiency. If you see your pet shaking, don't just assume that they're cold - try and see what is causing the shaking. If the shaking continues, take your pet to the vet.
Panting is normal for dogs. However, a dog that is panting excessively even though they have not been exercising can be a warning sign of something underlying. Monitor them and take them to the vet if symptoms do not disappear.
Restlessness, such as pacing back and forth and having difficulty getting comfortable or staying asleep is a common indicator of pain in dogs.
Any of these signs may indicate that your pet is in pain, but if in doubt, always consult your vet. Once you know the cause, you will be more equipped to help your pet with natural remedies or other vet recommended treatment!
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