'Tell me where it hurts'
Often something a doctor will say to his patient, but it’s not so straight forward for pet care. So, how do you know your pet is in pain?
Pain often becomes apparent with changes in seasons and can become worse in colder weather.
One of our Veterinarians, Karen, has made a handy list so you can assess whether your cat or dog is showing signs of pain. You may be able to pick up on some of these warning signs now, to ensure your pet has a pain free and happy winter!
2. Less social
3. obedient or attentive to an excessive degree
4. Decreased activity/ drop in performance
5. Change in temperament
6. Abnormal body positions
7. Abnormal gait / mobility
10. Avoidance behaviors such as not wanting to jump into the car as normal, unwillingness to rise, being stiff in the morning or after resting or after exercise.
5. Change in social interaction such as reduced willingness to play, reduced activity, and ignoring toys and scratch posts etc
6. Change in grooming habits- increased or decreased (normal grooming is approx. 3.5 hours within 24 hour period)
7. Escaping or hiding to avoid handling
8. Loss of house training.
Remember, these are things that you wouldn’t normally see or expect from your pet. Knowing your pets’ usual behavior is important. For example if you have an attentive, Burmese cat that loves to talk to you all day long- its normal- don’t panic. But if she was suddenly quiet and didn’t want to be handled, that might be her way of telling you she has pain.
If you are concerned about any of these signs showing in your pet, please feel free to Contact us.
We are happy to talk you through anything questions and book a hassle free consultation if needed.
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