By Dr. Joanna Bronson
If animals could talk, they might begin with “Oh, my aching joints,” since arthritis affects all species. As is, their main method of communication is through changes in mobility and attitude.
Some animals will “vocalize” or show obvious signs of discomfort when an affected area is touched or moved but animals may also quietly change in action and behavior.
There are two types of recognized pain. Acute pain is pain that lasts for a short period of time and goes away after the inflammatory and healing processes are complete.
Chronic pain is more complex in that it can last up to a lifetime.
Hurting cats and dogs may exhibit multiple signs such as these:
*Lameness, limping, difficulty jumping, abnormal gait
*reluctance to move, reaction to being touched, become withdrawn or hide
*lack of self-grooming, playing less
*decrease in appetite and overall activities, tail flicking
*general mood changes, temperament…