How to tell if your dog or cat is in pain

I often get asked the question “is my dog (or cat) in pain?”. It is very important to understand that while animals feel pain exactly like we do, they do not show it the same way we do. If we would find the injury or wound painful, I can guarantee it is painful for them. Animals will usually not cry out or moan because, in the wild, that will just attract predators. Cats & dogs will often display pain in different ways. Also, they do not limp or act depressed or painful just to seek attention. It is just the opposite – they do not want to appear weak or sick. Anytime a dog or cat limps, it is painful. It is common for dogs & cats to limp at home and then not limp when they come to our office. This is not a miracle cure – fear & adrenalin, because they feel vulnerable, cause them to mask the pain. Moving slowly, not eating or drinking much, having a hunched posture, unwilling to jump or go up & down stairs – these signs all mean that they are seriously ill &/or are in pain & should be seen right away. Cats especially will often hide or lay on their stomachs with their back hunched & their heads down. This is almost always means that they need to be seen right away.

DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOG OR CAT ASPIRIN, TYLENOL, MOTRIN, OR OTHER HUMAN PAIN MEDICINES. THESE ARE ALL POISONOUS TO ANIMALS AND JUST BY THEMSELVES CAN KILL YOUR PET. INSTEAD CALL US IMMEDIATELY AT 408-264-3550 SO WE CAN HELP YOU &YOUR PET.

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