Unlike humans, pets do not tell us when they are feeling pain. As a matter of fact, they instinctively hide their pain, thus mask signs of possible health problems. This makes pain management one of the most complicated aspects of being a caregiver. Although pets cannot verbally tell us when they are in pain, it’s not diffcult to notice changes in behavior that can signal discomfort or pain. These include sleep loss, eating their food slowly, or turning away a treat. In cases of severe pain, your pet may show unusual aggressiveness, such as snapping, snarling, and barking.
If you suspect that your pet is in pain, but cannot identify the causes, a professional veterinarian can help. Memphis Animal Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee is experienced in pain management for pets and here to help you!
Usually, outward demonstrations of pain vary. Some animals experiencing pain will demonstrate noticeable changes in behavior while others will not. Because animals cannot communicate their pain level to you directly, it’s important to observe changes in your pet’s daily habits and natural tendencies.
Sometimes these behavioral abnormalities are your pet’s only way to express their need for pain relief. You may notice they are slow to retrieve a ball or reluctant to hop in the car. They may become more withdrawn and inactive, no longer interested in activities they once loved. Other symptoms of pain may include:
Reluctance to change position or move
Unwillingness to interact with others
Changes in sleeping patterns
Altered behaviors such as shiftlessness, circling, depression or restlessness
Rubbing, scratching or biting of painful areas
Lack of or change in appetite; loss of intake
Rapid weight loss
Some pets experience chronic pain, typically due to chronic internal issues, chronic skin conditions, arthritis, joint disease or displacement. But, there’s no need to feel worried, we offer a variety of treatments for chronic pain including:
At Memphis Animal Clinic, we aim to reduce, and hopefully eliminate, your pet’s pain, whether chronic or acute. Recognizing pain is not always intuitive, so our veterinary team is well prepared to help you identify changes and signs of pain in your pet’s behavior and then implement a treatment plan to get your animal companion on the road to a quick recovery and healthy lifestyle.
If you notice anything out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We offer a broad range of pain treatments at Memphis Animal Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, and are well-equipped to quickly determine the right treatment for each pet and get them back to optimal health as soon as possible.