Did you know that dogs and cats experience pain in the same way we do as people? How difficult would it be if you were not able to tell someone you were hurting? Dr. Stephenson at Reilly Road Animal Hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina strives to keep all of the precious pets under our care as comfortable and pain-free as possible. We require the administration of a pain preventative before any surgery and will continue to monitor your beloved pet to ensure they remain comfortable at the conclusion of the procedure.
Do you know some of the common expressions of pain in dogs or cats? Your canine may be in pain if they are exhibiting the following signs:
- Decreased activity or movement
- Snarling or growling when you attempt to touch them
- Decrease in appetite
- Submissive behavior
- Aggressive behavior
- Biting or chewing on themselves
- Hunched posture
Common signs of pain in felines include:
- Reduction of activity
- Loss of appetite/weight loss
- Urination or defecation outside of the litter box
- Change in posture
- Excessive licking or grooming of himself or herself
Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of behavior changes associated with pain. If your pet exhibits a change in their normal behavior, please schedule an appointment at Reilly Road Animal Hospital right away for an evaluation.
Whether your furry family member is facing surgery, experienced trauma, or has an age-related painful condition such as osteoarthritis, the caring team at Reilly Road Animal Hospital is here to help. To schedule an appointment, please call 910-864-0606.