ince animals can’t always tell us when they hurt, it may be hard to know if a dog or cat is in pain. So to determine whether or not your pet is hurting, ask yourself how the same condition might affect you. If you would benefit from pain relievers, chances are your pet will, too.
Acute pain often causes sudden lameness or behavioral changes in pets, but chronic pain such as arthritis may be more difficult to detect. So if your dog or cat loses his appetite, is reluctant to move, or guards a part of his body, take him in for a checkup. And trust your instincts – you know your pet best, so if you suspect he is in pain, talk to your veterinarian. Proper pain management can drastically improve an animal’s quality of life.