Look for the signs
Pets can't tell you when they are in pain, so it's important to be vigilant and look for changes in behavior and sudden or subtle injuries.
Here are some common indicators your pet may need pain relief:
- Avoiding slippery floor surfaces
- Difficulty getting up or slow to stand from a down position
- Difficulty or easing into a sitting or lying position
- Lying down while eating or drinking
- Reluctance or inability to jump up onto furniture, a bed, or into a car
- Reluctance to go up or down stairs
- Reluctance to raise his head to take a treat
- Reluctance to sit when asked Reluctance to turn his head to one side or the other
- Sitting on one hip or the other with the rear legs off to one side—“lazy sit”
- Standing to one side/weight shifting away from a painful limb
- Standing or walking with his head held down or back arched up
- Moving/walking while defecating or urinating
- Urinary or fecal accidents
- Night restlessness if he cannot get comfortable
- Decreased activity/fatigue
- Reluctance to be touched in certain areas
- Reluctance to be groomed
Many advances have been made in recent years in the area of pain management and there are several options for your cat or dog.
If you suspect your pet is in pain or injured, please schedule an appointment for a complete physical evaluation and diagnosis. We can help provide significant pain relief for conditions that once shortened a pet’s life.
With the use of over-the-counter nutraceuticals, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications specifically formulated for animal use, and cold laser therapy, pets can live longer, better quality lives.
Make your appointment today.