How to Tell When Your Pet is in Pain

Chicago Apartments, Pet Pain Tips

Happy Spring Planned Property Management residents! With the better weather finally gracing Chicagoland, more residents will undoubtedly want to get their pet outside for some extended exercise. While exercise is undoubtedly key to raising a healthy pet, owners sometimes can’t recognize pain in their furry friend.
One definition of pain, as defined by the vets at University of Wisconsin is “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.” Pain is very subjective and difficult to measure. In fact, it’s not uncommon to have a dog hobble into a vet clinic, happily wagging its tail as it limps with a fractured limb, while another dog with the same type of fracture cries and is in extreme panic and pain. One patient obviously needs medication, but how does one judge the pain in the stoic patient? Here is a quick chart to identify your pet’s level of pain before going to the vet:

Normal/No Pain

Chicago Apartments, Pet Pain Tips
Comfort Level: Pet is able to sleep comfortably. When awake, animal is alert and interested in his/her surroundings.
Vocalization: Quiet
Heart Rate: Normal to 1-15% above normal
Respiration Rate: Normal to 1-15% above normal

Mild to Moderate Pain

Chicago Apartments, Pet Pain Tips
Comfort Level: Pet is restless. Mood is depressed and shows no interest in his/her surroundings
Vocalization: Crying/distressed, but responsive to owner voice
Heart Rate: 16-45% above normal
Respiration Rate: 16-45% above normal

Severe Pain

Chicago Apartments, Pet Pain Tips
Comfort Level: Pet is agitated, possibly thrashing about.
Vocalization: Continuous crying. Possible continual howling.
Heart Rate: 45%+ above normal
Respiration Rate: 45%+ above normal
Other signs that indicate pain include: self-harm, not eating, hiding, pacing, a decrease in normal activity, a change in routine, behavioral changes, and aggression.

What you can do for your pet

Chicago Apartments, Pet Pain Tips
If your pet is experiencing some distress, it is imperative to get your furry friend to the vet. While waiting to go to the vet or emergency vet hospital, do not, under any circumstances, give your dog or cat over-the-counter pain medication for humans. Many owners think that if they give their dog or cat baby Aspirin or Tylenol, it’s okay, but this can be toxic for your pet.
The closest emergency vet to PPM residents is Chicago Veterinary Emergency on 3123 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60618.
We at Planned Property Management wish you and your fur baby a safe and very happy spring and summer!
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