Similar to humans, pets can experience chronic or acute pain. Unfortunately, they cannot express their pain in words. Many pet owners do not value the importance of pet pain management. Research shows uncontrolled pain can lead to cardiovascular stress, delayed wound healing, and an impaired immune system. Alexander Animal Hospital wants you to learn to recognize pain symptoms in your pet to ensure they receive the care they deserve.
How Do Pets Express Their Pain?
Animals are masters at hiding their vulnerability so they do not demonstrate pain as humans do. However, they might behave oddly when they are in pain. So, you should pay attention to subtle changes in your pet’s behavior that may indicate they are experiencing discomfort or pain and requires veterinary care.
What are the Symptoms of Pain in Animals?
Animals in pain do not thrive due to the excessive stress on the body. In addition, stress can affect your pet’s overall health. Also, different animals respond differently to acute or chronic pain, so the list below doesn’t cover everything. Take your pet companion to our animal hospital if you recognize the following pain symptoms in your pet:
- Lack of self-grooming
- Aggression or vocalization when touched or handled
- Limping or lameness
- Less interaction with humans
Benefits of Pet Pain Management
The benefits of managing pain in your pet are undeniable. The team at Alexander Animal Hospital uses multiple pain management options to ensure reduced pain and discomfort, quick recovery times, and a better quality of life.
To determine the ideal solution, your veterinarian will consider your pet’s size, health, age, predisposition to certain diseases, and environment. No pet should live in pain, so you should strongly consider pain management if you recognize pain symptoms in your pet.
Support Your Pet’s Wellness at Alexander Animal Hospital
Alexander Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital located in Severna Park, Maryland, serving the Severna Park, Pasadena, and Arnold Areas. Our goal is educating clients on the needs of their pets and understanding the importance of individualized veterinary care in order to strengthen the human-animal bond between owners and their pets.
We understand you have a choice when deciding on the care for your pets, and we strive to provide you with unparalleled services including wellness exams, vaccines, lost pet microchip ID, dental care, surgical services, digital radiography, and in-hospital laboratory services and diagnostics. Other highlights of Alexander Animal Hospital are the separate cat and dog waiting and exam rooms, as well as after-hours on-call emergency services.