Series: Pain Management in the older dog with Arthritis
1. Psychological and Behavioral. In this categories one assess the general attitude of the pet. How is the pet behaving? Are they active, responsive alert to their surrounds or subdued anxious, fearful, aggressive and not eager to interact with people.
2. Postural. In this category one needs to observe the pet’s movement and mobility. Note any limping, differences in the way they sit, how quickly they are able to rise, jump or get up stairs.
3. Response to palpation. This is a task left to your veterinarian. They are trained to find areas of pain through a physical exam.
Be mindful that signs of chronic pain are not specific and can be caused by other diseases. It is important to have your pet assessed thoroughly by a mobile veterinarian at least on a yearly basis to ensure that they do not have other problems which would show the same types of signs.
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