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What to do when you suspect your pet is in pain, but hiding it

Good info from the website:

By Lorrie Shaw, Community Contributor
Whether a patient comes in for an exam or is hospitalized at Westarbor Animal Hospital, they are graded for pain — that is, the staff does their best to assess the animal’s comfort, and to gauge any pain so that it can be managed effectively, rendering them more healthy and whole.After all, it’s the purpose of their work there — to promote a pet’s health and well-being.

It’s common knowledge today in veterinary medicine that animals that are in pain do not thrive. Pain causes stress on the body, and over time can impact a companion animals overall health — also impeding healing.

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Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

From the American Animal Hospital Association website:


Our pets can’t tell us when they’re in pain – we have to notice the signs. If your puppy steps on a thorn and starts limping, it can be fairly obvious that his foot hurts. But often animals instinctively mask injury and illness to protect themselves from predators, so it can be challenging to detect when they’re in pain. To help veterinarians provide excellent care and educate pet owners about how to recognize when their pets are in pain and what to do, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) worked together to create the AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. Major highlights of these guidelines are included in this article.

Unexpected and Easily Overlooked Sources of Pain
Recognizing when your pet is in pain and quickly seeking treatment not only helps alleviate your pet’s suffering, but strengthens the bond between the two of you. Even subtle changes in your pet’s behavior are reasons to contact your veterinarian because these are the first signs of illness and pain. Sometimes these symptoms can be easily overlooked, particularly in cats. Often, for example, arthritis is attributed to “old age” in cats, rather than pain. Similarly, a cat that urinates inappropriately may have a painful lower urinary tract disease rather than a behavior issue.

Signs of Pain
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