How do I know if my animal is in pain?

Our pets cannot tell us when they are in pain, or how that pain is making them feel. For this reason we have to look at changes in their behaviour, gait and general mobility. We can also use our own experiences to help us anticipate to some extent what may prove painful for our pets as it is very likely that cats and dogs feel pain in a similar way to us.

Behavioural changes in dogs may include:

Cats are more likely to hide their pain so spotting the signs of pain can be more difficult. Changes in behaviour are more commonly noted in cats but the following signs may indicate that you cat may be in pain: