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Expert advice: The subtleties and seriousness of chronic pain in dogs

Expert advice: The subtleties and seriousness of chronic pain in dogs

Dogs are pretty good at hiding if and when they are experiencing pain. Therefore, it can happen that even the best and most responsible owner misses certain signs that their pet is suffering.

According to experts, progressive, persistent pain that creeps up on a dog is often tricky to spot. Often referred to as chronic, it can dramatically impact their quality of life. Therefore, you, as a dog owner, should know and understand the differences between acute and chronic pain.

Dr. Lindsey Fry is a Veterinarian and Co-owner of Red Sage Vets in Colorado, a practice specializes in pain management and rehabilitation, spoke with the American Kennel Club about this topic.

According to her, acute pain is usually pretty obvious. There might be crying and other types of vocalization, a pronounced limp, a change in mobility, or a known event, like surgery or an accident. Seen as having a protective purpose, it’s often accompanied by redness, swelling, or heat.

To learn more about this topic please visit the American Kennel Club website or click HERE.