It’s important to know how pain can be exhibited in pets since they are unable to tell you when they are experiencing pain.

Signs your pet might be in pain:

  • Stiff gait
  • Reluctant to get up when laying down
  • Holding head in a lower position
  • Not wanting to jump up or down onto the bed or couch
  • Crying out or whining especially with movement or being touched or lifted up
  • Decreased appetite
  • Change in personality
  • Restlessness
  • Panting
  • Reluctant to use the stairs
  • Lethargy
  • Hiding
  • Irritability or uncharacteristic aggression
  • Limping or holding leg up
  • Hunched back
  • Tucked up abdomen
  • Rapid breathing
  • Decrease in sleeping

What should you do if you believe your pet may be in pain?

  • Keep your pet calm and quiet
  • DO NOT give over the counter medication that is made for humans like Ibuprofen or Tylenol!
  • Call your veterinarian – Knox Pet Clinic has 3 great doctors! Call us at 309.343.6156. We also staff an emergency line for after-hours (till 9pm) and on holidays & weekends