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Monday, November 02 2015

Animals can "talk" to you if you know how to read their subtle body language. Pain is universal and one of the most common feelings animals will convey. Most owners can detect a limp or a painful cry, but pain that's chronic, or moderate enough to withstand, takes more scrutiny to recognize. Dogs and cats generally show a change in behavior or temperament when they're uncomfortable. 

A normally happy and affectionate pet may become irritable and refuse to be held or petted. A normally rambunctious dog may prefer to sit or lie quietly and be left alone. Additionally, if a dog or cat can reach the painful area, such as a paw, they may lick, scratch, or bite it in an attempt to make it feel better. Unfortunately, they may inadvertently inflict self-injury by repeatedly rubbing or scratching the area. This is seen frequently in animals with ear infections that dig at the skin behind the sore ear with their rear claws. 

Overall, when it comes to detecting pain, you should look for a change, or abnormality in your pet’s behavior. You know them better than anyone else and if you suspect something is wrong, schedule an appointment or call ABC Veterinary Hospital at (760) 471-4950. 

Everyone has experienced pain and knows how debilitating it can be. Your pet’s no different, and they have a limited language to convey their discomfort. Take the time to "listen", because the only good thing about any pain, is the moment it goes away. 

Finally, don’t ever give a human pain medication to your pet unless your veterinarian has specifically recommended it. Common over the counter painkillers, such as acetaminophen, are very poisonous to certain pets.

Posted by: Dr Barry Neichin AT 01:13 pm   |  Permalink   |  2 Comments  |  Email
Thank you for the article on detecting pain. This is valuable info for the pet owner.
Posted by Susan Nikkel on 11/05/2015 - 07:28 AM
My dog recently had a stroke, besides walking weird, I knew something hurt in his head because he was pressing his forehead into my arm and on the way to the vets he was pressing his head into the headrest. When ever your pet acts different get him to the vet.
Posted by stacy caro on 11/05/2015 - 02:19 PM

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Dr. Barry Neichin

Dr. Barry Neichin
Chief of Staff
ABC Veterinary Hospital
San Marcos CA

When he's not busy with his duties at the hospital, Dr. Neichin can be found outside, either on the trails hiking and camping or in the water snorkeling and skin diving, as well as spending time with his two children. His family also includes Tonka, a Golden Retriever; Leo, a miniature Golden Doodle; Cosmo, a Siamese, and Ruffles, a rabbit.
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