Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic

2826 HWY 2
Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K5

(905)623-4431

www.bowmanvilleveterinaryclinic.com

 

Cats can often hide the fact that they are in pain. This may be because in the wild, cats that appear sick or injured are vulnerable to predators. However, studies show that cats feel pain just like we do, but just can’t tell us about it.

Cat pain can be caused by such things as; arthritis, dental disease, urinary tract infections and cancer. Discomfort can also occur following a surgical procedure.

You are in the best position to look for the subtle changes in behavior that may indicate your cat is experiencing pain. It is important to stay alert, because the sooner your cat’s pain is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he or she can heal and resume a normal, happy life.

If your cat shows any of these behaviors and you suspect that pain may be the cause, please let us know immediately.

Vocalizing, restlessness, self protection, change in daily habits, s elf mutilation, facial expression, aggression, posture.

DON’T TREAT YOUR CAT’S PAIN BY YOURSELF!

Never administer pain medications to your cat without consulting your veterinarian. Some human pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), are poisonous and can be fatal to cats.

Different types of pain require different types of treatment. After diagnosing the problem, we will explain the benefits, risks and costs associated with each option. That way, together we can choose the treatment plan that best meets the needs of you and your cat.

Whenever you have a question or concern about your cat’s health, please call us!

How to Know if Your Dog is in Pain

Dogs feel pain in the same way and for many of the same reasons as humans; infections, dental disease, arthritis and cancer. Discomfort can also occur following a surgical procedure.

Unfortunately, unlike humans, they are unable to speak to us about when and where they hurt. 

You are in the best position to look for the subtle changes in behavior that may indicate your dog is experiencing pain. The sooner your dog’s pain is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he or she can heal and resume a normal, happy life.

If your dog shows one or more of the following behaviors and you suspect it may be due to pain, please notify us immediately

Whining, howling, whimpering, yelping, groaning, restless, reluctance to move, non weight bearing on part of body, decreased appetite, withdrawal from social interaction

DON’T TREAT YOUR DOG’S PAIN BY YOURSELF!

Never administer pain medication to your dog without consulting with your veterinarian. Some human pain medications like ibuprofen (Advil) have no known safe dosage in dogs. After diagnosing the problem, we will explain the benefits, risks and costs associated with various treatment options.  That way, together we can choose the approach that best meets the needs of you and your dog.