How to tell if your pet is in pain

As a pet owner your priority is your dog’s safety or your cats well being. Our pets don’t use the same language as us, but they have a way of conveying their unease or their pain. At times, it may be difficult to decipher exactly what they are feeling. One may take their silence as feelings of laziness, but extended period of uncommon behavior usually points to an underlying cause.

If you see your pet limping or if you notice a visible wound, it’s apparent they are in pain. But sometimes are pets, both cats and dogs, can suffer in silence because they can’t communicate in any other way.

Some common causes of pain:

Result of an injury

If you have an outdoor cat, don’t be surprised if your cat gets into a fight with another feline in the neighborhood. Cats also tend to venture out to explore their surroundings and don’t mind walking through the bushes and shrubs. This can lead to slight injuries, allergies or even cuts. If you feel your cat is unusually quiet or not playing enough, check her to see if there is any injury or wound on her body. In such cases of emergency, pet transportation services help you alleviate the stress by providing timely services.


It is not uncommon for cats or dogs to get infections, especially if they try to eat something outdoors or ingest something they are not supposed to, like plants, flowers or leaves. If your pet is not using the litter box properly or shows any strange behavior it is best to visit the doctor for a checkup. Some of the most common infections in cats and dogs include Ringworms and Yeast infection. Also, look for excessive itching and scratching to check if its an allergy or something else that needs attention.

Dental Issues

It is common for older cats and dogs to develop gingivitis or other dental issues that could lead to a lot of pain. Cats are famous for going into hiding when they have episodes of extreme pain. You might go around the house looking for your pet, but they become quiet, reclusive and begin to hide. Dogs, on the other hand, could become more vocal. Almost every local veterinary clinic offers dental services for pets. As much as your dog or cat may hate visiting the dentist (like their humans), it is for their long-term benefit.

Subtle signs to watch:

  • Your pet may become reclusive
  • Decreased appetite
  • Uncommon behavior in the litter box (for cats)
  • Not playing enough or not like they usually do
  • Excessive licking of the same area
  • Changes in sleeping patterns

If your pet is unwell or experienced an accidental injury, a pet taxi service in Toronto like Paws en route can provide safe and timely pet transportation to the animal hospital or the Vet Emergency Clinic so your loved pets can get the care and treatment they deserve.

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