services_clip_image012We are always concerned about our patients and the pain they might perceive after a procedure. Pain has been linked to poor wound healing, immune suppression, inappetance, and other problems. Each pet, just like each person, responds to pain very individually. We use a variety of approaches to control pain called “multi-modal”. As part of the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management, we have special interest in making sure our patients experience the least pain possible. Here are some signs of pain in pets. For more links to sites relating to pain see our links page.

Signs That Your Pet May Be in Pain

Abnormal Posture

  • Hunched up or praying position
  • Sitting or lying in an abnormal position
  • Not resting normally but restless and moving frequently
  • Head hung low
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  • Stiff or slow to rise, limping or partial weight bearing
  • Unable or unwilling to get up
  • Abnormal Movement

  • Thrashing/restlessness
  • Trembling/shaking
  • No movement while awake
  • Appetite

  • Lack of appetite
  • Difficulty eating or chewing
  • Vocalization

  • Crying or whining
  • Not as vocal if that is normal
  • General

  • Hiding or becoming very clingy
  • Lethargy or Depression
  • Aggressive/growling/biting/ears back
  • Not sleeping
  • Not urinating or defecating normally