Hillary Hart, D.V.M 
Vet with Hart Veterinary
House Call Practice LLC
727-698-4425
hhartdv@gmail.com
vetwithhart.com

What if you couldn’t tell your doctor that you were in pain?  Animals suffer from pain just like we do. Pain comes in many forms: surgical pain, arthritis and cancer, just to name a few.  Acute pain is obvious and distressing.  Chronic pain can be subtle, and masked as “getting old” or “slowing down.”  Age is not a disease, but pain is. There are many options to treat the various causes of pain in animals including pain medications, physical rehabilitation and acupuncture.

Common Signs of Pain in Dogs

  • Decreased social interaction
  • Self-mutilation (chewing)
  • Changes in posture
  • Anxious expression
  • Submissive behavior
  • Refusal to move
  • Whimpering
  • Howling
  • Growling
  • Guarding behavior
  • Aggression; biting
  • Decreased appetite

Common Signs of Pain in Cats

  • Reduced activity
  • Loss of appetite
  • Quiet/loss of curiosity
  • Changes in urinary/defecation habits
  • Hiding
  • Hissing or spitting
  • Lack of agility/jumping
  • Excessive licking/grooming
  • Stiff posture/gait
  • Guarding behavior
  • Stops grooming/matted fur
  • Tail flicking
  • Weight loss

The quality of your dog’s or cat’s life is of utmost importance. Your dog or cat does not have to live with pain.  For a pain consultation,  please contact me for an appointment.

For the Animals,

Hillary Hart, DVM

Please send questions and comments to hhartdvm@gmail.com