Will My Pet With Cancer Be In Pain?

“How Do I Know If My Dog Is in Pain with Cancers?”

First, let’s review how pets show pain in non-verbal ways:

  1. Excessive panting
  2. Loss of appetite
  3. Change in movements from laying down to sitting or standing or limping when walking
  4. Increased vocalization
  5. Restlessness/trembling
  6. Unusual behavior (ie. Rover never _______ except in the last day or so)
  7. Aggressiveness or skittishness
  8. Increased self-grooming

Don’t hesitate to notify your veterinarian if you see these signs!

How likely is a pet to experience pain during cancer treatment?

Because many pets with cancer are older, they may experience pain associated with concurrent symptoms.  These symptoms are treatable so discuss them with your provider.

What are the veterinary treatment options for a pet with cancer experiencing pain?

  1. Hot and cold therapy to reduce inflammation
  2. Acupuncture
  3. Topical medication
  4. NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories)
  5. Narcotics like Tramadol
  6. Neurotransmitter modifiers like Gabapentin

NEVER give treatment without a greenlight from your veterinary provider.  Remember, all pets are individuals.  Always decide together with your team how to best proceed.

The advice provided in our post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets.  See a veterinarian or veterinary specialist for all your questions.

Don’t Be Shy!  Ask Your Vet and Find Out Why.

Courtesy of: Dr. Gerald Post and CVS Huntersville: Huntersville.carolinavet.com