Saturday, April 22, 2017
Signs of pain can be very subtle; a reluctance to move, anorexia, hiding, anxious behavior, pacing, grouchiness are some examples. These can also be signs of other conditions. Even overt signs of pain like crying or yelping can be associated with conditions that cause pain; pancreatitis, cancers, etc. It is common for me to have a pet owner bring their pet in because they sense that something is just not right, we call that "ADR" (Ain't Doing Right). They don't have anything specific they can pinpoint, the pet is eating ok, drinking ok, not vomiting, going to the bathroom ok, not limping or crying, but just seems a little left of center. A careful history, physical examination, potential diagnostic tests such as blood work and radiograph may be necessary to isolate the problem. It is important for you and your veterinarian to work together interrupting your pet's body language in order to isolate the primary problem.
The important thing to remember is FIRST TALK TO YOUR VETERINARIAN. Make an appointment for your pet to have your veterinarian assess your pet's condition and why your pet is painful before any medication is administered. For more information on how to determine if your pet is painful check out this link at the American Animal Hospital Association.