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Like humans, pets can suffer from common types of pain, which fall into two main categories: acute and chronic. Within these categories, there are other, more specific types of pain your pet may also experience. However, pet owners often struggle to identify if their pet’s pain is acute or chronic since some of the more subtle signs overlap. Pet pain may also simply be due to your pet’s natural aging process—and that’s what we want to help pet parents identify. We’re here to provide the best pet pain management available.

Understanding Common Types of Pet Pain & Signs to Look For

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Acute (temporary) pain is often due to something that happened suddenly, such as a stepped-on tail, an unexpected cut on a paw, or postsurgical tenderness. Common symptoms you may see if your pet is experiencing this type of pain are:

  • Vocalization (whining/yipping) or sensitivity to touch
  • Resistance to being handled or groomed
  • Licking, biting, or guarding a certain area
  • Limping

If left untreated, some acute pains may become chronic (persistent) pain. This type of pain can decrease your pet’s quality of life and overall wellness. Signs your pet may be in chronic pain include:

  • Changes in appetite—particularly a decrease
  • Increased irritability, newly formed aggression, or other personality changes
  • Loss of interest in normal activities like play or long walks
  • Stiff limbs after napping or changes in typical posture

If you suspect your furry friend is experiencing any kind of pain, especially ongoing pain, please schedule a visit with your favorite Bayside veterinarian.

Pet Pain Management: Dos and Don’ts

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If you suspect your pet is in any kind of pain, follow these simple tips to help manage their discomfort until you can get them in to see a vet.

DO keep track of any signs, symptoms, or changes to their condition. Pets can seem fine when they get to the clinic, so take notes, photos, or videos to bring to your appointment to help diagnose and treat your pet.

DON’T give your fur baby over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen or Tylenol, without talking to your vet. Many of these can be toxic and fatal!

DO ask questions or get clarification from your veterinary staff—at the time of your visit or by calling later. The more you know and understand, the better care your fur baby will receive!

DO use caution when moving a pet who’s in pain—for your safety and theirs.

DON’T change the type, frequency, or dosage of prescribed pain relievers or other medications without consulting your vet.

Put simply: There is no one-size-fits-all approach to pet pain or its management. But you know your pet better than anyone and are their best advocate for appropriate treatment. As always, please contact us with any questions or wondering when it comes to your beloved fur baby. We’re here to support you as one of the too-rated local vet clinics in the Galveston Bay area.