SIGNS OF PAIN

 
By Dre Éloïse Thibault

Aging cats and dogs can develop many conditions that can cause pain. Unfortunately, our animals cannot tell us when it hurts, so by being attentive to our animal, we can detect signs of discomfort.

 

IN CATS

A cat can manifest pain in many ways. Its gait can be more rigid than in his younger years and his activity level can be decreased.

Jumping on furniture or window edge as well as getting up and down the stairs can seem more laborious or diminish over time.

It is also possible to note changes in his personality, your companion could seem grumpier, less incline to be petted and handled or reluctant to be in contact with other animals in the home.

Cats are well known for the great amount of time they spend on grooming themselves and will rarely let their fur become dirty.  Therefore, soil and dull hair may indicate an underlying painful condition.

Changes in water and food consumption can be observed as well with chronic pain.  

 

IN DOGS

 Demonstration of pain by a dog is similar to the one of a cat but differs in some ways.

Signs frequently observed include difficulty standing after lying down for a long period, a stiff gait, limping and exercise intolerance.

Differences in its behavior can be noted such as an increased anxiety level, a loss of interest in playing as well as a generally less happy looking dog.  

A painful dog can let out moans or grunts when certain action or ways of handing cause pain.

 

Take an appointment with us at 450-671-7264 for a consultation with one of our veterinarian to identify the source of the pain and the best way to relieve your animal.