No one wants to see their pet in pain. What’s worse is that some pets are masters at hiding their pain, so you may not even be aware that your companion is hurting. Caring Pathways in Denver specializes in pain management and a number of other services related to end-of-life care. As part of our pain management services, we can help you know what symptoms to look for in your dog or cat to determine if they’re in pain and provide options to control it.

How Do I Know If My Pet Is in Pain?

Since you as the pet owner spend the most time with your canine or feline friend, you are in the best position to determine if there are any behavioral or physical changes that could indicate a painful condition. Arthritis, disease, or sometimes just age can leave a pet uncomfortable in their golden years. Below are some of the most common symptoms that are associated with pain in dogs and cats:

  • Aggression or irritability
  • Decreased interest in food or play
  • Growling or snapping when touched
  • Hiding
  • Reluctance to move/mobility issues
  • Lameness or limping
  • Stiff gait

It’s also important to carefully examine your pet’s eating and drinking habits as well as their bowel movements, since many painful conditions are known to affect these areas. Also keep an eye on any changes in their sleeping habits, mobility, and overall mood.

How Can I Manage My Pet’s Pain from Home?

For your convenience, Caring Pathways offers in-home consultations and assessments, so you can determine your pet’s pain level and status. We offer palliative and hospice care to help improve your companion’s quality of life and keep them as comfortable as possible. Our veterinarians are trained and experienced to address pain management and other a number of other issues related to an aging pet. Feel free to contact us at (720) 287-2553 to schedule an in-home pain management assessment consultation for your pet or to learn more.