To help identify signs of pain in older pets that are often mistaken for old age, take our quizzes or watch the video to see if your pet is suffering from mobility-related pain.
As cats and dogs get older, there are many visible signs of them aging, such as greying around the muzzle, sleeping more and exercising less. There are also subtler signs that are commonly mistaken for signs of aging, that are actually signs of pain, including behavioural changes as well as alterations to your pet’s physical activities.
The signs include:
- Difficulty getting up after resting
- Hesitant to climb stairs or jump up
- Reluctant to exercise
- Reduced affection or interaction
- Resting more – especially in one place
- Less tolerant of other pets and people
- Often licking/chewing paws or joints
- Limping or general stiffness while walking
- Lacklustre appearance
- Overgrown nails
If you have a pet over the age of 7, please take a couple of minutes to complete one of our quizzes, which can help you identify some common signs of joint pain, or watch the video.