Animals are known to be masters of disguise. You may not know your pet is experiencing pain until a trip to your veterinarian. While animals are unable to verbally communicate how they feel on a human level, there are specific behaviors that tend to indicate pain and help us assess it.

At Oradell Animal Hospital, our veterinarians take an active role in treating many problematic conditions and the pain associated with them. Animals that are in need of pain management may benefit from additional medications or supplements, appropriate exercise and/or the possibility of minimally invasive therapeutic procedures.

Common Pain-Induced Behaviors

  • Abnormal or hunched posture
  • Behavioral changes
  • Crying, whining or vocalizing
  • Excessive panting
  • Growling
  • Hiding
  • Hypersalivating (drooling)
  • Not grooming regularly
  • Reluctant to eat, loss of appetite
  • Restlessness
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Squinting