Pain Management

Did you know that dogs and cats experience pain in much the same way as people? How difficult would it be if you were not able to tell someone when and where you were hurting? The compassionate veterinarian and staff at Simply Southern Animal Hospital strive to keep all pets under their care as comfortable as possible, whether they are facing a surgical procedure, illness, or trauma.

Do you know some of the common expressions of pain in dogs or cats? Your canine may be in pain if they are exhibiting the following signs:

  • • Decreased activity or movement
  • • Snarling or growling when you attempt to touch them
  • • Whimpering
  • • Decrease in appetite
  • • Submissive behavior
  • • Aggressive behavior
  • • Biting or chewing on themselves
  • • Hunched posture

Common signs of pain in felines include:

  • • Reduction of activity
  • • Loss of appetite/weight loss
  • • Urination or defecation outside of the litter box
  • • Hissing
  • • Change in posture
  • • Hiding
  • • Excessive licking or grooming of themselves

  • Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of behavior changes associated with pain. If your pet exhibits a change in their normal behavior, please see a veterinarian.

    Whether your family pet member has experienced trauma, is facing surgery, or has a painful age-related condition such as osteoarthritis, we are here to help. If you feel your pet may be experiencing pain, please call Simply Southern Animal Hospital. Dr. Hayes and his staff will care for your pet as if it were their own.