04/17/2024
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Acute pain can be described as incapacitating, moderate to severe. In general, acute pain resolves when the underlying cause or injury resolves. Many animals experience acute pain after surgery, or as a result of sudden injury or illness.

Chronic pain can be described as prolonged, continuous, or intermittent. Chronic pain occurs for 3 to 6 months but can last for years. This type of pain is associated with disturbances of physiology, a potential increase of other diseases such as cancer, worsening of osteoarthritis, decreased activity, and changes in behavior such as aggression, depression, or anxiety. When chronic pain builds slowly the animal may learn to tolerate and live with it. In these instances, the goal is to treat the cause whenever possible, as well as to relieve the pain.

It is important to recognize that chronic pain in animals may be a result of underlying medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, inflammatory disorders such as ear infections, orthopedic problems such as disc disease, soft tissue injuries such as phantom limb pain, dental disease, and tumors which are themselves chronic.
SIGNS OF PAIN IN ANIMALS ARE NOT EASY TO SEE!
Domesticated dogs and cats are genetically programmed not to show pain… a characteristic exhibited in the wild to protect animals from predators. The way individual animals respond to pain can vary depending on age, health status, species and age.
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN MY ANIMAL IS IN PAIN?
Note: It is important to recognize departures from the animal’s normal behavior and appearance.
  • Changes in attitude or personality
  • Abnormal Vocalization
  • Licking, biting, scratching, or shaking of a painful area.
  • Limping
  • Changes in hair coat
  • Changes in posture or ambulation
  • Changes in activity level
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in facial expression
  • Changes in elimination habits
  • Other signs can include: Hiding, seeking more affection, protecting the injured area, and aggressive or defensive reactions to touch.

It is important to mention that the above-noted symptoms point to different causes, and the animal will not exhibit all of these symptoms. This is just a guideline to assist you in understanding how your pet may exhibit pain.  If you feel that your pet is experiencing pain or exhibiting any change of behavior, please feel free to give us a call at:

Bladen Animal Hospital (910) 862-3960 or visit our website. www.bladenanimalhospital.com/

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