Us furbabies, obviously, can’t tell ya when we are a hurtin’. So, it might be hard for you human folk to know when we are in pain. But, there are some signs your pet is in pain that you can watch for. You are the one that knows your pet the best and it will be up to you to kinda figure it out. So, I’m lemme get my Lady to tell ya these signs I told her about!
10 Signs Your Pet is in Pain
Acute pain isn’t hard to figure out. If your pet has had an accident or been hit by a car, they may be limping or bleeding. Obviously, you can see that your pet is in pain and needs immediate help!
On the other hand, can sometimes be hard for us to figure out. It can also build up slowly in older pets, especially arthritis. You have heard me talk about my senior girl, Sallie, and her arthritis. Between her back hips and her knees, sometimes the pain takes a toll on her. However, you are the best judge of your pet. If they are acting different or strange, it’s time to do some investigating!
Dogs and cats are good at hiding pain. It is their natural instinct to NOT let others know when they are hurting. When pets are out on their own, it makes them seem week to other animals which might hurt them. Some pets will hide it, but others maybe not. I think my dogs are in the latter group. They are very good at telling me when they are in pain!
Subtle Signs my Dogs Use
Sallie is a mama’s girl so, when she doesn’t feel good or is in pain, she hovers close to me all day. She becomes very clingy! When her hips are being extra painful, I can see her struggling to get up and down. She also gets cranky, or should I say crankier, with the other dogs.
Ozzy struggles with ear infections. When his ears are bothering him, he will come to me and lay his head in my lap or rubs his ear on my lap.
My big boy Seager seems to hurt his front legs a lot while running and playing. He has has had more sprains than any of the others put together. Go figure! Anyway, he will come to me and wave his paw at me like – look Mom, it’s hurt! Do something!
Just to stress – these are all subtle signs that others may not pick up on. They may think my dogs are just being cute, but to me as their dog Mom, they are all signs something is wrong and they are telling me about it.
Be Aware of these Signs your Pet is in Pain
- Some pets may act withdrawn and may be unusually quiet.
- They may sleep a lot.
- Others may act agitated and restless and/or they can’t get comfortable.
- Is your pet having trouble getting up or down? Are they not jumping on the furniture? Have they quit climbing the stairs? (Sallie can no longer jump up on the couch or climb stairs because of her arthritis). We have adjusted with ramps for her.
- Some pets might whine or whimper. Dogs may even howl. Cats may meow constantly.
- Furbabies may also lick and chew at the spot that is hurting.
- They may lose their appetite and quit eating.
- They might not want to run and play no more 🙁
- Some may want a lot more attention than usual (like Sallie)
- Some may behave in a way they usually don’t – like snapping or showing unusual aggression (furbabies get crabby when they are ill just like we do).
You Know your Pet Best!
Since you live daily with your pet, you are the best judge of them! You know how they usually act, or don’t act. So, if you believe your pet is in pain, you need to schedule a trip to vet! You wouldn’t want to lay around a hurting and they need you to help them. The vet can thoroughly examine them and possibly prescribe medication to help them feel better. And, if they find nothing – well, it is always better to be safe than sorry!
A WORD OF WARNING! Be careful when transporting a hurt pet! Even pets that are not tragically hurt, but just feeling bad, can lash out. Pain can make even the best natured dogs act aggressive! If your pet is seriously hurt or acting up, you may want to create a muzzle out of a strip of cloth just to be safe.
Have you ever wondered if your pet is in pain or feeling bad?