September is animal pain awareness month! In honor of it, I put together a post for you listing the most common signs of pain in your dog or cat.
Excessive grooming such as licking or biting a certain area repeatedly could be a sign that your dog has been bitten by an insect of some sort.
Excessive Panting is a way of regulating their body temperatures. Be sure you provide your dog with fresh water at all times. Especially during the summer months.
Restlessness could be a clue leading to an internal or external injury. You may notice they get up and move from one spot to another.
Difficulties standing, rising, or sitting. This is also an early sign of arthritis.
Okay, funny story. That was our foster cat “Mittens” we rescued last winter. It was snowing terribly and temperatures were below freezing! She was outside in our backyard… God only knows how but we brought her in. I could tell from her behavior; not wanting to jump and hiding she was in pain. Luckily she had a microchip and was reunited with her family a week later. We miss her so much!
Vocalizing usually means the pain is severe. If your cat is meowing more often than normal, or they are using a different tone, it could be because they are in severe pain
Blank expressions including dilated pupils could be from stress or another problem due to pain.
Excessive grooming just as I mentioned above with dogs. Animals tend to lick the spot they are feeling an irritation from.
Hiding in a safe place is very common for cats. Although ty is common, just be safe and watch for signs of aggression when touched or being coaxed to come out of hiding. This is a big indicator.
If you sense your pet is in pain, set up an appointment with your veterinarian immediately. Do not give your pet any over-the-counter medication. It is best to see a vet for a proper diagnosis. Always keep a watchful eye on your furry buddies! Happy Animal Pain Awareness Month!