Pain Management

Yes, pets are like humans. They may be experiencing a lot of pain, and it only takes an experienced pet owner to realize the problem. If you have a playful cat or dog, you can quickly tell if it is experiencing pain and act on time to rescue it. If your pet is experience some form of pain, contact Castro Valley Animal Hospital for effective pain management services.

What shows your pet is in pain?

Pets like cats and dogs will always feel pain the same way as you, but may manifest it in different ways. You must know your pet to realize what he or she is experiencing.
When your pet develops some change in mobility, behavior, and body appearance, you can tell that it is either sick or undergoing some pain. You can always contact your vet if you notice a sudden change in the pet’s behavior.

Here are some common symptoms of pain in pets

  • Mobility issues: if the pet is affected with arthritis or is succumbing to some physical injury, you will notice a sudden change in the way it moves. The dog may be limping or a bit reluctant to use the stairs in the house. Sometimes the dog will be lagging behind when you walk around with it. It may also find it hard to jump and lie down. In severe cases, the dog will even refuse to get up because of too much pain.
  • Change of behavior: when your dog is in pain, it becomes aggressive and licks a lot. Some pets may refuse to be touched and show restlessness every time.
  • Physical changes: if the pet dog is in pain, you will notice that it shakes and trembles a lot. The dog may have an arched back or begin holding the head below its shoulders. Also, it may have issues with panting.

What is the cause of pain in pets?

Pets can either undergo chronic or acute pain. Chronic pain occurs when the pet has been sick for long. Diseases such as dental infection and arthritis will cause pain in the bones. Acute pain occurs from temporary illness and physical injuries. Notably, any damage to the pet’s cells will cause inflammations and result in severe pain.

What to do if your pet is in pain

  • Stop or avoid engaging the dog in any severe physical activity
  • Record all the abnormal signs that you notice on the pet
  • Try all the possible treatment for the pet such as massage, surgery, and acupuncture
  • Ask for help from your friends with pets
  • Book an appointment with your vet if the symptoms of chronic pain persist