How Can I Tell if My Pet is in Pain?

Pets have an uncanny ability to hide pain. This adaptive behavior originated in order that when living in their natural wild environment any weakness would not be apparent to possible predators. Frequently, in older pets, we as pet owners assume that any slowing down in behavior or activity is a function of aging. While it is true that pets, like people, do slow down a bit as the years pass there is often a source of pain that is linked with decreased function. Decrease in appetite, loss of enthusiasm, unwillingness to go for walks may all be significant changes. It is important to pay close attention to your pet’s day to day demeanor. In this way you can easily identify if something is wrong. Strange behavior or a lack of normal activity often indicates the presence of a painful ailment. If overlooked or left untreated it could lead to serious health consequences.

There is no reason that your pet shouldn’t be active into his or her senior years. Although he or she may tire of chasing the ball or attacking the laser pointer sooner than when they were younger, these behaviors should still be part of their daily routine. “Old is Not a Disease” It is merely the passage of time resulting in ailments that need to be addressed. If you have any question regarding whether your pet’s behavior is normal, be they old or young, make sure you bring it to the attention of your veterinarian. Just remember that no one knows your pet as well as you. If you suspect there is a problem, most likely you are right.