Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as we do. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain is the essence of good patient care. Pain management helps to improve the recovery process, whether from illness, surgery or injury. Best of all, because it reduces stress and increases a sense of well being, pain management may even help your furry friend to live longer.
Animals instinctually hide pain as a survival mechanism, therefore we don’t generally hear a peep out of them until the pain is so bad they cannot
hide it anymore. So how can you know when your pet is hurting? It’s important for you, the owner, to take note of any change in their behavior.
Look for any of the following signs that may be your pet’s way of saying “I hurt.”
- Being unusually quiet, restless, or unresponsive
- Flattening ears against the head
- Whining, whimpering, howling, biting or constantly meowing
- Having trouble sleeping or eating
- Excessively licking or chewing a body part
- Seeking a lot more affection than usual…being ‘clingy’
- Acting funny and out of character, either aggressively or submissively
- Unable to get comfortable (constantly up & down or changing positions).