Did you know that September is Animal Pain Awareness Month? Unfortunately, our pets cannot tell us when they are in pain. In fact, they may be dealing with an issue and you may not even know about it. Today, we’re going to give you some tips on what to look out for that could indicate signs of pain in your pet.
1. Decreased Activity
If you notice your pet less interested in playing and acting more lethargic – it could be a sign that they are dealing with a pain issue you don’t know about.
2. Skipping the stairs.
Is your pet reluctant to go up or down the stairs? This could be an early sign of osteoarthritis.
3. Reluctance to jump onto surfaces.
This is more aimed at cats and can signal a pain issue if they aren’t jumping up or down on surfaces they usually jump towards.
4. Difficulty standing.
If you notice your pet laying down for long periods of time and having trouble standing up, this could also be an early sign of osteoarthritis.
5. Decreased appetite.
If your pet is eating less, this could be a sign that they’re dealing with mouth pain. Be sure to check their mouth for any issues.
6. Over licking one area.
If your pet is licking one area frequently, it could be a sign that they’re dealing with some pain.
If you have any questions at all or need to schedule an appointment, please contact us immediately. Our team is here to make your pet feel their best.