Animal Pain Awareness Month

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month. Fluffy and Fido can’t tell us if something is hurting them, so it’s important for you to keep a close eye out for signs of illness or injury. Read on as a North Suffolk, VA vet lists some common signs of pain in animals.

Limping

Limping is a clear sign of pain. Injuries are of course one common cause of a limp, but animals can also limp because of arthritis, hip dysplasia, or other issues. Even if the limp goes away once your pet gets ‘warmed up,’ have your vet examine your furry companion.

Licking/Chewing

Pets often bite or lick at spots that are hurting them. If you notice your dog or cat constantly worrying at a specific area, such as a paw or the base of their tail, they may have a medical issue.

Vocalizations

Changes in your pet’s vocalizations can also be a warning sign that something is wrong. If your four-legged pal is barking or meowing more or less than usual, your animal pal may be in pain.

Withdrawal

Just like people, pets often withdraw when they aren’t feeling well. If your furry buddy seems to be spending more time off by themselves than usual, he or she could be hurting.

Crankiness

Being in pain isn’t any easier for pets than it is for people, and can make them—and us—rather grumpy. While some pets are furry little curmudgeons by nature, uncharacteristic grouchiness can definitely be a red flag. For instance, if Fluffy is usually cuddly, but suddenly hisses when you try to pick her up, she may be hurting.

Shying

If an animal is in pain, they often jerk away from being touched, especially in that specific area. Pay attention if your furry friend shies away from you.

Tips

There are now many wonderful options for managing pain in pets. If you know or suspect that something is wrong with your little (or not so little) buddy, call your vet right away, and schedule a thorough examination. When it comes to our furry pals, an ounce of treatment can be worth several pounds of cure. Keep up with preventative and wellness care, and make sure your four-legged friend sees the vet regularly.

Please contact us, your local North Suffolk, VA vet clinic, if ever we can be of assistance. We are always here to help!