Assisi Animal Health Explains 4 Ways to Measure Pain in Dogs
PINEHURST, N.C., March 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Due to the sometimes challenging nature of recognizing pain and discomfort in companion animals, Assisi Animal Health, developer of the Assisi Loop®, an effective non-pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory device (NPAID®) that works as PEMF therapy for animals, explains ways to measure pain in pets.
Whether caused by trauma, surgery, or inflammatory conditions, pain can be a complicated problem for dogs. Although there are some key indicators that a dog is in pain, determining where on the scale of pain he or she is can be far more challenging. The following scale can help to measure how much pain a dog is in.
- Minimal Pain. On the low end of the pain scale, dogs will not behave out of the ordinary. They will appear somewhat comfortable when they are resting and may even appear as happy as their normal selves. An important distinction about this level of pain is that canines will still have interest in their surroundings, instead of focusing on the area that’s causing discomfort. As a dog begins to experience more pain, they will begin to appear more restless and unsettled.
- Mild Pain. Once a dog begins feeling a mild amount of pain, he or she will appear uncomfortable while they are resting; often whimpering and licking the afflicted area. Their facial expressions will become worried and their ears will droop. A key indication that a dog is experiencing mild pain is that they will lose interest in interaction with their owner and will become slow to respond.
- Moderate Pain. As dogs move higher up on the pain scale, the bouts of crying and whimpering will increase in both intensity and frequency. If the pain is caused by a post-surgical wound or trauma, the dog will most likely bite at or chew the area. At this point, the dog will also begin to “protect” the area, which will present itself in the form of limping or shifting its normal body position. Moderate pain is also indicated by the loss of willingness to move the affected area. The canine at this level of pain frequently avoids its food.
- Severe Pain. A dog in severe pain will yelp, or cry almost constantly. At this point, the dog will likely lose the desire to move. In severe pain, the dog will become unresponsive to its surroundings and cannot be distracted from the pain. Additionally, even the friendliest dogs may become aggressive if someone is trying to touch or treat the painful area.
No matter where on the pain scale a dog may fall, the first response should always be to visit a veterinary professional. If the dog is recovering from surgery and does not steadily improve on this scale, consult a veterinary professional.
Assisi Animal Health‘s clinical solutions complete the Circle of Care®—the collaboration of veterinarians and owners in animal health and healing. Our company helps veterinary professionals and owners improve the quality of life for companion animals using the Assisi Loop, the non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical healing device that is based on the same FDA-cleared technology used on humans. The device uses low-level pulses of electromagnetic energy to reduce pain and swelling, and to enhance recovery.
Media Contact: Kaysie Dannemiller, Assisi Animal Health, 866-830-7342, firstname.lastname@example.org
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