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We all want to give our fur-babies the best of lives, and a big part of that is making sure they are happy and healthy. Severe pain like a sudden lameness is easy to spot but what are the signs of more subtle or chronic (long-term) pain in our dogs and cats?

Here’s a few signs to look out for:

  1. Choosing a different bed or place to sit

    Has your dog or cat decided to sleep or hang out in a different spot? Maybe jumping up on a bed or sofa is painful for a dog with back pain or hip arthritis? Cats might stop seeking high places to sit because they know that they will hurt sore elbows when they have to jump down later. As every cat owner knows, cats love to look down on us!.

  2. Stiff in the mornings

    Does your cat have trouble doing the full ‘cat pose’ when he has his morning stretch? Is your dog taking their time getting out of bed in the morning? Does she take little tottering steps until she warms up? There might be some joint pain at play.

  3. Grumpiness

    Grumpy cat just might be in pain. Cats and dogs who are sore sometimes avoid play or might even react angrily or move away when you give them their normal pats and cuddles.

  4. A change in gait

    Taking smaller steps, avoiding stairs, keeping the back and neck very stiff can all be signs that something’s not feeling right.

  5. Having ‘accidents’ around the house

    Not using the kitty litter tray, or pooing and weeing around the house can have a number of causes, one of which is pain

  6. Chewing food differently

    Chewing on one side of the mouth, letting food fall out of the mouth and swallowing food like dry kibble whole could all be signs of tooth problems and dental pain in pets.

  7. Spending more time sleeping

    Cats are especially good at this, but dogs can do it too. Not taking in interest on what is going on around them and spending more time asleep could mean that a check over is needed.

  8. Licking and chewing

    Often licking and chewing is a sign of itchy skin and allergies in pets, but sometimes our cats and dogs will do this to try to soothe a sore spot.

If you think your cat or dog might be living with chronic pain, have a visit with your vet. You can work together to identify the source of the pain and to develop a pain management plan. 

Acupuncture can be an effective part of your approach to pain management, it can help with a broad range of conditions and won’t interfere with any medications or other therapies you might be using.

Contact us at Beaches Pet Therapies if you’d like more information on how acupuncture can help your pet with chronic pain.

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