Is your pet in pain? 8 Signs to look out for


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Is Your Pet In Pain

There are many amazing things about having a pet. But there’s one bad thing… They can’t verbally tell you when something is wrong. They do give you some signs though. We’ve identified how you can recognise if your pet is in pain.

Ah, what we would give for our pets to talk. Your pet suffers in silence because they can’t tell you if something is wrong with them.

You would probably do anything to protect your pets and keep them happy. They’re part of the family. The best thing you can do is be aware of their behaviour to know if they’re in any pain.

Here are a few signs that your pet could be in pain.

1. Antisocial or aggressive behaviour

If your pet goes from being a lovable fluff ball to unapproachable and snappy, this is a big indicator that something isn’t quite right with them. 

There are many reasons why their behaviour has changed ranging from being sick, depressed or in pain. But changes in behaviour are a massive sign that your pet needs some help.

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2. Changes in eating, drinking or sleeping habits

Similar to changes in behaviour, if your pet isn’t eating their food, drinking any water or sleeping too much or too little, something is wrong.

Pets are usually pretty glued to their routine and we’ve yet to come across a happy and healthy fur baby that doesn’t want to lick their bowl clean.

Keep an eye on changes in their routine habits.

3. Being more vocal

Is your pet crying or whining more? Or even barking or meowing more than usual? This could be their way of talking to you and trying to vocalise that they’re in pain or experiencing discomfort. 

Try to be gentle with your pet if you feel that they’re becoming loud and temperamental, they’re trying their best to let you know that they need you. 

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4. Excessive grooming

If your cat or dog is licking themselves excessively they could be trying to make themselves feel better and soothe their pain.

When an animal has hurt itself, its first instinct is to lick the wound. If they have a cut, it’s easier for you to see but they can have pain internally as well that they’re trying to alleviate.

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5. Heavy panting or altered breathing

Panting for a dog is normal but if your doggo is breathing weirdly or very heavily when they haven’t been exercising or it isn’t too hot, that’s worrying.

If your pet’s breathing is shallow or they seem to be struggling, this could indicate that it’s painful for them to breathe.

6. Mobility issues

Is your pet stiff? Or limping? Do they struggle to get up or jump? Keep an eye out for a change in their movements and mobility.

7. Signs of agitation

Restlessness is an indicator of pain in many pets. If your cat or dog is pacing back and forth repeatedly, has difficulty getting comfortable, or is sleeping a lot less, there could be an underlying issue.

8. Shaking or trembling

Pets don’t only shake when they’re cold or old. Shaking can be an indicator that they’re in pain or uncomfortable. Trembling can also be an indication that your pet has been poisoned or something more serious is going on.

What should you do?

Now that you know the signs that your pet may be in some form of discomfort, what do you do? 

The best thing for you to do is take your fur baby to the vet. Get them checked out and make sure everything is okay. Your vet will be able to give you a much clearer indication of what could be wrong and give you a treatment plan for your fur baby. 

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When you bring a pet into your home, you make an invisible agreement with them that you will always protect them and take care of them. It’s not always easy to do when they can’t communicate with you clearly. But you know your fur baby, you’re aware of their behaviours and mannerisms so we’re confident that you’ll see when something is wrong.

Thank you for being such a great pawrent!


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