Advice for Owners

Recognising Pain / Discomfort

Animals unlike humans cannot tell us when they are in pain or suffering with a condition and many are very good at hiding their symptoms. Examples of subtle behaviour changes indicating pain or injury include:

  • Stiffness when getting up
  • Reluctance jumping up or climbing stairs
  • Struggling to walk up or down slopes
  • Reduced ability to walk as far
  • Yelping when catching a toy or refusing to play
  • Sudden changes in behaviour or routine

If you notice any of the above it could be a sign of discomfort. With your vet’s permission an initial assessment at PetFit can help identify any musculoskeletal causes and provide appropriate management.