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How do I know if my cat or dog is in pain?

Many animals are experts at masking pain and discomfort.  Sometimes it will not be until a pet is unable to compensate any more that they begin to show signs of pain.  Pet’s ancestral behavior keeps them ‘alive and not eaten by another animal’ by masking or hiding pain, injury or illness.  Because eating is so necessary, pets will keep eating up until they reach the end of their ability to compensate.  Some indications of pain or discomfort can include but are not limited to: change in routine or basic behavior, loss of appetite, hiding, sleeping a lot, limping, reluctant to jump up or go outside or move around, purring, or whining.  If your pet has ANY changes in behavior, it warrants an examination by a veterinarian. Pain medications are very safe and effective and can help your pet get back to normal behavior.  Of course, looking for the source of a patients pain or discomfort will need be addressed.  Arthritis and joint pain, dental pain, ear pain, organ disorders, bladder infections, and skin disorders can all be sources of pain or discomfort for your pet.

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