When people wonder if their Tripawd cat or dog is in pain, they often look for the same kinds of symptoms we human show, like vocalizing or limping. Unfortunately, by the time an animal does those things, the pain is really, really bad. Please don’t wait that long. If you suspect your amputee might be painful, here are some great questions and visuals that can tell you more about how they are feeling.
Is My Cat or Dog in Pain? Ask Yourself These Questions.
September is Animal Pain Awareness Month. It’s a great time for all of us to remember that while animals can’t talk to us in our own language, they tell us they hurt using body language.
If you suspect your new dog or cat amputee might have pulled a muscle, needs better pain management after amputation surgery, or just seems off, these pain questions for cats and dogs can help. Ask yourself these questions. Then jot down your answers, and give your vet a call to discuss how to help your Tripawd feel better.
First, let’s look at pain signs from cats
And here’s another way cats show pain:
Take careful notes on your cat’s behaviors and expressions. Then give your vet team a call to discuss what you are seeing. You may need to advocate for new, or different pain management. Don’t be shy. You are your Tripawd’s best advocate.
Watch our friend Dr. Alex Avery of Our Pet’s Health share how cats show pain.
What Amputee Dogs in Pain Look Like
Dogs are a little more obvious about how they show pain. The Glasgow Canine Composite Measure Pain Scale recommends asking yourself the following questions if you suspect your Tripawd is in pain:
Like cats, dogs also use body language to tell us they hurt. This chart from Colorado State University explains:
And once again, here’s our friend Dr. Alex Avery of Our Pet’s Health describing dog pain signals in more detail.
You don’t need your pet to speak to you in your language to understand if they are painful. It’s time for we humans to learn their language of pain. We hope this helps you get started.