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If you see signs that your pet is in pain and need a Wichita Falls veterinarian, our team at Callfield Companion Animal Clinic in Wichita Falls, TX is here to help!
Pets can fall victim to pain in many of the same ways as humans. An injury or infection may be obvious, but others may be tougher to see.
Dogs and cats often hide pain. They do that as a protective mechanism. In the wild, pain was a sign of weakness which made them vulnerable to predators. Therefore, it may be difficult to always know whether your pet is feeling pain.
Look for behavioral changes that may indicate something’s not quite right. One sign might be excessive vocalization. You dog may whine or whimper, growl, or snarl at you. Your cat may purr or meow more than normal. Both dogs and cats can over-groom a pain spot. Dogs will often lick their paws to sooth themselves.
A sudden change in moving, sleeping, or eating patterns also can be a sign. They may limit their movements or have a loss of appetite. Your cat may hide from you or sit still in a “hunched up” manner. If you notice them sitting or lying in an unusual position, or seem overly restless, this may also be a symptom. Just like humans, they may have trouble getting comfortable. You may also experience your cat defecating outside the litter box, or your dog suddenly urinating indoors. Even loving, docile animals may become aggressive when they are hurting. They may lash out, or bite, to prevent you from getting close to the source of the pain.
If you see these types of behavior, a trip to the vet is in order. We can help diagnose the source of the pain or illness and come up with a treatment plan. The first step may be to help ease the pain while developing a treatment for the underlying cause. Pain management may include prescription medications, topical treatments, emergency treatments, and surgery if necessary.
Our team has decades of experience of working with pets. In addition, we have in-house lab testing, and conduct diagnostic image techniques (including radiology). If necessary, we can perform surgical procedures including joint reconstruction, dental surgery, internal surgery, tumor removal, and more.
At our Wichita Falls veterinarian clinic, we can handle all of your pet needs, including emergency veterinarian care during our office hours. We also have our own pet med pharmacy on site. Call our clinic at (940) 692-7000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org