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Posted on 09-07-2016

September is Pain Awareness month, so we’re helping you identify and treat your pet’s pain. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if your pet is experiencing pain because they can’t directly communicate that to you. Here are the most common signs to look for, and what actions should follow.

Behavior Changes

The most common signs you will see when your pet is in pain are behavior changes. A significant decrease in the amount of energy your pet has is a definite warning sign, if it persists. This means they aren’t playing as much as usual or they don’t get as excited about the things they usually do. A loss of appetite could mean they are experiencing stomach or mouth pain. Knowing your dog’s personality will help you identify these symptoms quickly.

Acute Pain  

Other signs of pain might not be as noticeable as others, but they’re just as important to monitor. Acute pain symptoms can include:

  • Avoiding stairs

  • Hesitating to jump

  • Crying or groaning

  • Slow to stand up or lay down

  • Using the bathroom inside

  • Hiding

  • Signs of aggression

These signs can be present for a while without seeming serious, but it is important to monitor these signs and make note of any changes. If they persist, it is time to take your pet to see their veterinarian.

With most signs of pain, a veterinarian will be able to identify and treat the signs you’re observing in your pet. If a warning sign seems minor, you should make your pet as comfortable as possible. Make note of any pain that your pet is experiencing and report that to your vet. They will recommend if further action needs to be taken.


For more questions about pain awareness and management, we suggest making an appointment to come in and talk with us so that we can best diagnose the situation.

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