Changes in regular habits: Increased or irregular sleep time, loss of appetite (particularly for a pet that has always enjoyed mealtime), less or more water intake, and lack of interest in going for walks or playing with favorite toys can be indications your pet isn’t feeling like themselves.
Changes in behavior: Has your friendly dog become aggressive? Has your lap-loving cat become oddly antisocial? Behavioral changes can be a strong indicator of pain. Avoiding contact, not greeting you at the door, hiding, growling, snarling, defensiveness, and sudden incontinence are all things you should have checked out with your veterinarian.
Physical discomfort: Physical pain doesn’t necessarily manifest in a whimper. Restlessness, inability to get comfortable, difficulty chewing, heavy or shallow panting, bloodshot eyes, dilated or constricted pupils, and changes in posture such as hunching, or rigidity could all be signs that your pet is in pain.
Grooming behavior: For dogs, excessive licking can be an indication of pain, an attempt to soothe either an external wound or an area that is painful on the inside—for example, licking a knee after pulling a ligament. Cats, which are normally meticulous groomers, of-ten indicate pain with an absence of grooming behavior.
Bring your furry friend in for a head to toe exam with the doctor if you notice any of the above signs. We will work with you and your pet to come up with an appropriate treatment plan.
Since dogs and cats are good at hiding their pain, you may not notice until it is has become VERY bad. There are always pain medications and anti-inflammatories, but you can also try Cold Laser Therapy.
Cold Laser Therapy helps by stimulating the tissue at a cellular level, improving & healing areas that may be injured or hurting your furry friend.
Dominion Valley Animal Hospital
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