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Pain in pets can be difficult to detect

Here’s a great article by Julie Damron with Pet Care. She explains why it can be hard to detect when pets are suffering from pain, lists some behavioral changes which can be signs that a pet is in pain, and discusses some treatment options. Here’s an excerpt from her article:

It can be difficult to identify signs of pain in pets for several reasons.

Animals rarely cry out in pain unless the level of discomfort is very high. This is a protective instinct from living in the wild that helps to prevent predators from knowing that a creature is wounded. The cues that our companions provide are often subtle, and people may not see them as signs of pain.

Pet caretakers traditionally see their buddies on a daily basis. This can make it difficult to identify slight changes in behavior or mannerisms. Many pets live outside, so caregivers may not see how they act when they are getting up and down, eating, or doing other daily activities. Also, pet owners associate many of the signs of chronic pain as typical signs of old age in their companions and don’t realize there could be a health problem.

To read the full article, click here.

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