Dogs and cats don’t show pain the way humans do. Unfortunately, this makes it hard for pet parents to recognize signs of pain. There are common indicators of pain in cats and dogs that could point to something wrong with your furry friend. As always, if you notice signs of pain in your pet, or anything that causes concern, be sure to visit your regular veterinarian for an examination.
- Constant Licking
Self-grooming is considered a normal behavior for dogs and cats. However, excessive licking, especially to a particular area of the body, can indicate pain in that location.
- Decreased or Absent Appetite
Dogs and cats who have pain in and around their mouth, or that are not feeling well may have difficulty eating or develop a disinterest in food. Tooth, kidney, and liver problems can be common causes for lack of appetite.
- Changes in Personality
If you notice your pet is suddenly aggressive, docile, or withdrawn, they may be in pain.
- Sleeping Patterns
Abnormalities in sleep can signal a problem. Sleeping more than normal, less than normal, and frequent waking in the middle of the night can all be signs of discomfort.
- Trouble with Mobility
Pets that have pain in their bones or joints may have a hard time getting around, walking, or standing. They may struggle with climbing up or down stairs, or have trouble getting up from laying down. You may also notice a stiffened gait.
- Sudden House Soiling
All pets have accidents in the house from time to time, but frequent accidents in unusual places may signal pain and discomfort from a medical condition.
These are only a few examples of potential signs of underlying issues with your pet. Examine their behavior, and if you notice anything that causes you to worry, make sure to take them into your regular vet. They’ll be able to examine your pet, run tests, and investigate the cause of your pet’s pain.