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9 Signs That Your Pet Is In Pain

September 15, 2021

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month. Our furry buddies may be very good at making their points when they want treats, walks, or lap space, but they sometimes have trouble letting on when they are in pain. To complicate matters, some animals also try to mask signs of illness or injury. It’s important to know what to look for. A vet lists some key ones below.


Changes In Appetite

Most dogs and cats are very, very enthusiastic about food. If your furry bff isn’t eating much or at all, reach out to your vet.


Withdrawal

All of our animal companions are unique. However, it’s usually an indication that something is wrong when a pet suddenly starts acting withdrawn, grumpy, and/or anti-social.


Licking/Biting

Pets that are in pain often continuously lick or nibble at their sore spots. Dogs and cats with arthritis may worry at their legs or paws, or sometimes the base of their tails.


Limping

Limping is one of the more obvious indications that something is wrong. In some cases, it’s cleary a sign of injury. However, sometimes pets only limp briefly when they first get up. This is something we often see in animals that are just developing arthritis.


Behavioral Changes

Changes in your pet’s usual personality can also be signs of pain. If Fluffy is usually aloof, but is suddenly clamoring for attention, she could be hurting. Pets that go from being playful and friendly to withdrawn and sullen could also be in pain.


Flinching

If your four-legged friend suddenly yelps or flinches when touched, especially in a specific spot, contact your vet. This is often an indication of pain.


No/Reduced Interest In Play

Fluffy and Fido are quite playful, which is part of why they are such fun pets. If your furry buddy is no longer feeling frisky, and has apparently lost interest in toys and playtime, pain could be the issue.


Difficulty Urinating/Defecating

Another indication of pain is difficulty urinating. This can often be a sign of a medical emergency, so contact your vet right away if you notice this.


Changes in Vocalizations

Our animal companions all have their own unique voices. Some are super talkative, while others rarely speak. If your normally-quiet kitty is suddenly yowling, she could be sick. In dogs, whining, whimpering, howling, or growling can often be indications of pain.


If you notice any of these red flags, contact us, your local animal clinic, immediately! We are dedicated to offering top-notch veterinary care!

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