Signs of Pain in Dogs and Cats

In recent years, there has been increasing awareness of pain in our pets and of ways to prevent, as well as manage, pain.  There are several clues that your veterinarian will use when diagnosing pain in your animal companions.  Many pets will moan and strain to get up, especially in the morning. Lameness may be present with limping during or after walking.

Your vet can implement a pain control program for your pet.

There are often changes in attitude and activity levels, as well as loss of ability or interest in regular activities and social interaction.  Jumping up may become increasingly difficult, as well as the ability to climb stairs and/or take walks.  These changes may be subtle initially, but over time typically become more obvious to animal guardians.

When detected early enough your veterinarian may implement a pain control program that may include medications such as non-steroidal anti inflammatory medications such as Rimadyl or Metacam, as well as opiate medications including Tramadol and Buprenex.  Physical therapy has also been increasing in popularity in recent years, as well as holistic modalities including chiropractic and acupuncture to help assist in pain management.

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  1. My 2yr old Boxer has recently been diagnosed with spondolosis. Last week she had a bad turn and our vet said her spinal bones are joining together. The vet informed us her prognosis was poor for her furture. Do you have any suggestions for an alternative solution for my young Boxer.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I would get opinion from vet in your area. Spondylosis is not usually health threatening. For now try supplements like super joint enhancer from 1800petmeds as well as add antioxidants like proanthozone as well to dietary regimen.

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  7. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 11, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you Mr Haines for your kind comments. Please pass this information on to your friends and family who may benefit as well.

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  9. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 24, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    You are very welcome….

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