Have you ever suffered from a toothache? Could you ignore that dull, throbbing ache? Could you sleep well? Eat well? Probably not. The fact is pets feel pain just like we do, but they can’t tell you where it hurts.
Well, your pet can tell you – if you pay attention. Signs of pain include unusual tiredness, limping, poor appetite, “chattering” teeth while eating, yelping, crying, excessive licking, and reluctance to use stairs. Some pets tend to be stoic (particularly cats), masking their pain. Be observant. If you have any doubts, ask your veterinarian. Being in pain is not fun for you – it’s not different for pets. You don’t want your pet to suffer.
Your veterinarian has many new, effective treatment options for controlling pain – including arthritis in dogs, one of the most common conditions to cause pain.
Yummy – one of these newer treatment options is a honey-flavored liquid pain reliever. This is perfect for pets who don’t take well to taking pills. There are also many non steroidal anti-inflammatories now on the market for pets. However, never dose your pet with over the counter drugs meant for people without veterinary advice.