Did you know that the El Gato Veterinary Hospital team specializes in physical exams, pain management, and chiropractic works on your pets? We care very much about your pets current pain levels and more importantly, how they’re feeling on a daily basis. Through all stages of their life, we want them feeling their best. Unfortunately, you may not always know when your pet is dealing with pain. Today, we’ll give you some tips on what to look for when recognizing pain in your pets.

1. Decreased Activity

If you notice your pet less interested in playing and acting more lethargic – it could be a sign that they are dealing with a pain issue you don’t know about.

2. Skipping the stairs.

Is your pet reluctant to go up or down the stairs? This could be an early sign of osteoarthritis.

3. Reluctance to jump onto surfaces.

This is more aimed at cats and can signal a pain issue if they aren’t jumping up or down on surfaces they usually jump towards.

4. Difficulty standing.

If you notice your pet laying down for long periods of time and having trouble standing up, this could also be an early sign of osteoarthritis.

5. Decreased appetite.

If you pet is eating less, this could be a sign that they’re dealing with mouth pain. Be sure to check their mouth for any issues.

6. Over licking one area.

If your pet is licking one area frequently, it could be a sign that they’re dealing with some pain.

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, if you have questions or concerns about your pet, please contact our team immediately so that we can schedule an appointment for you.