Although pets and guardians develop a very loving and affectionate relationship, dogs and cats do not talk, making it difficult to tell when animals are in pain. However, some signs can help humans realize that something is not right.
“Changes in physiological parameters, such as increased heart rate and changes in breathing pattern, as well as changes related to the posture of the animal, for example, are signs that may indicate that the dog is in some pain,” comments the doctor. Gabriel Aikawa DoseiProfessor of Veterinary Medicine course at Positivo University (UP).
Jibril also remembers that in some cases, the dog may display shivers, excessive salivation and dilated pupils, as well as licking or gnawing at the sore spot. “Dogs don’t usually hide the location of the pain, so they usually lick or gnaw on the wound, for example.”
Speech and defensive reaction when manipulating a painful place are other signs that the pet is in pain, as well as isolation from other animals or guardians, apathy, irritability, aggression, and a lack of appetite.
If dogs do not fear that they are in pain, the same cannot be said of cats. “As much as a teacher knows their pet well, felines are great at hiding their problems,” says the vet. Thais Matoswhich works for a pet services company.
According to the pro, one of the few physical signs cats show that something is wrong is a change in weight. Cats who are in pain lose their appetite and therefore their weight. When checking the weight loss of an animal, the master should not hesitate to take the pet to the veterinarian for further examination of the condition. Another sign is when he has a different meow or even changes the frequency of those meows. It is very common for them to show this change when they feel something, it can be painful or upsetting due to some situation,” he explains.
Other points to consider are not paying attention to toys and if the cat stops licking itself. “Cats are known to do grooming work. So, when they leave this practice aside, it is possible that something could happen, or they might get sick or feel some pain, like pain, for example,” add the Thais.
Different problems, different reactions
Although some signs serve to determine that the pet is in pain, regardless of the cause of the problem, some events can have different reactions.
“Behavioral response increases or decreases depending on the severity of the pain. An example is when a dog has joint pain: at first they may show transient lameness (lime), which may progress to permanent lameness, limb misalignment, and even presenting persistent vocalization depending on the The degree of pain,” the vet explains Barbara Batistalicensed by a chain of veterinary manipulation pharmacies.
She also lists signs of pain in the area of the ears in dogs: “It is first the defense of the area; then the constant head shaking, vocalization and even aggression, when touching the ear canal, and the head tilting to the affected side.
As for the signs of abdominal pain, Barbara warns, they vary greatly, as they will depend on the affected organ and the severity of the pain, while vocalizations when eating, loss of appetite, drooling, and excessive chewing show that the dog may have a toothache.
“Most of the signs of abdominal pain are a change in position, noise in the area, stiffness on palpation, lack of appetite, apathy, and aggressiveness when the area is manipulated,” he adds.
In the case of cats, when there are problems with the urinary tract, for example, they talk a lot and change the mono frequency – they either do not urinate for a long time or go to the litter box several times. “This disease, although pets don’t show it, causes a lot of pain, and requires specific treatment and, in some cases, surgery. Depending on where the pain is, your pet may show changes in the way they move. Lameness can be a sign of a problem. Common, for example, “say the Thais.
how can I help?
According to the professionals he consulted animal life, When dogs and cats are in pain, the best way to help pets is to take them to the vet.
“No medication should be used without a vet’s direction, as some pain relievers are already toxic to pets. Only a specialist can determine who can administer them. Thais warn that indiscriminate use of medications, even those considered safe, can lead to overdose The health of pets is endangered, and some, even in small doses, can lead to death.”