When it comes to treating your pet, we put your pet’s well-being before all else. At Veterinary Cancer Center, your pet’s health comes first. We strive to ensure that our cancer treatment is kind and gentle and has very few side effects. During all phases of treatment, our focus is on improving your pet’s quality of life. We will work with you to design a protocol that is effective against your pet’s cancer and works with your budget and lifestyle. Of course, before we can get to all of that, we need your help in monitoring your pet’s overall well-being.

In a perfect world, our pets could talk and tell us what was hurting them. Unfortunately, we have to look out for signs that they’re in pain. Whether it’s difficulty playing or walking like usual, swelling that doesn’t seem to go away, or issues when going to the bathroom, it’s important to keep your eyes peeled for any signs that your pet is feeling “off.”

Pain can be diagnosed by more than physical changes, sometimes we’ll want to know what’s going on with their behavior as well. We have some things on what to look out for.

Behavioral changes

  • Decreased appetite — especially if he’s experiencing dental pain
  • Changes in water consumption — dogs that begin drinking considerably more or less water each day
  • Sleeping more or less — a dog might sleep more if he’s trying to heal or less if he can’t get comfortable
  • Excessive grooming — dogs that suddenly begin licking their paws excessively may be attempting to soothe themselves
  • Antisocial behaviors — if your pup has always run to greet you at the door or typically loves playing with your children but suddenly seems disinterested
  • Aggressive behaviors — dogs that are suddenly more irritable or quick to react when touched or stimulated
  • Agitation or restlessness — pacing back and forth repeatedly or difficulty getting comfortable
  • Being more vocal — an increased amount of yelping, growling, howling, or snarling


Physical changes

  • Stiff or rigid body posture — if your dog doesn’t seem to want to move a specific part of his body, or his entire body, he could be suffering from an injury or arthritis
  • Limping — one of the more obvious signs of pain and/or injury
  • Swelling — if your dog’s face, legs, or paws seem to be swollen, he could be suffering from inflammation, an infection, or worse
  • General fatigue or malaise — dogs that become reluctant to climb stairs or slower to get up
  • Heavier panting — dogs that begin panting heavily, even though they haven’t been exercising or aren’t trying to cool themselves
  • Changes in breathing — shallow breathing might be a sign that it’s painful for your dog to take a deep breath

If you have any questions about changes in your pet’s health, please keep contact us immediately. Our team is here to help. We know what you’re going through, and we’re here to do everything we can.

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