We are all aware that pets face their pain bravely. But even if they can't speak, in their own way they try to make us understand that they are in pain. Some behavioural changes may alert you to the fact.

Here are three clues typical of pain.

A drop in activity

If you notice that your pet is much less active all of a sudden, it is possible that something is making them suffer. If you pet is in pain, they may seem to you to be tired. Some will sleep more while others will isolate themselves.

Aggressive behaviour

Sometimes, a pet can become aggressive when touched. If they bite you or show you their teeth, you may be touching the spot that is hurting them. This should catch your attention, just like an unusual nervous tick.

A smaller appetite

Loss of appetite often follows: if your pet is drinking or eating less, this may be a sign of discomfort. Mention this to your veterinary.

Do not treat the pain yourself

If you notice behaviour that is out of the ordinary for your pet, do not hesitate to consult your veterinary. Attempting to diagnose or treat your pet's pain yourself without any prior training or supervised experience could be dangerous.

If the situation is not resolved quickly, mention this to your veterinary. After having diagnosed your pet, they will put in place a treatment that is designed to help your pet get back on their feet as quickly as possible with minimal risk.

The symptoms of pain are sometimes very subtle and can even vary from pet to pet, depending on their tolerance.

It is important that you notice the changes in behaviour of your pet. This is the best way to find out if there is a problem with your pet, be it in their environment or their own bodies.

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