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Recognising signs of pain in our pets

By September 9, 2022No Comments

Wild animals conceal signs of injury, pain and disease from their predators so as not to be regarded as weaker. As descendants, our domesticated animals have similar instincts and, as pet owners with a responsibility to safeguard health, welfare and quality of life, this can make noticing signs of pain difficult. Being able to pick up on indicators will enable you to seek appropriate treatment for your pet.

Signs your dog might be in pain –

Shaking

Flattened ears

Low posture

Adopting the prayer position – stretching far forwards with their back end in the air and their head and front legs lowered to the floor. This is a sign of abdominal pain/discomfort.

Aggression

Grumpy temperament

Panting

Excessive licking, scratching or chewing

Reluctance to interact, exercise or play

Lameness

Loss of appetite

Moving to avoid touch

Crying or vocally reacting

Flinching

Signs your cat might be in pain –

Growling

More vocal

Reluctance to interact or play

Avoiding touch

Flattened ears

Change in facial expression

Change in eating habit

Hiding

Hunched demeanour

Neglecting to groom themselves or excessive grooming in one spot

Restlessness

Aggression

Lameness

 

If you are concerned your pet might be in pain, arrange an examination with your vet and discuss your options.