Pet Expressions of Pain

Know your pet’s usual activities and energy levels. Be alert to changes in behavior or habits indicating that pain is present. Veterinarian James Clarkson suggests watching for the following to help identify pet pain.

Start with the obvious signs of vocalizing, whimpering, and limping. Harder to distinguish signs, but signs that are more common may be one or more of these:

Lack of appetite

Body position is abnormal

Posture is pensive or hunched

Activity level has decreased

Handling your pet elicits a response that isn’t typical

Acting withdrawn, self-isolating or hiding

Movement is painful so they have accidents in the house

Shakes or shivers

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