Is your fur baby in pain?

is your fur baby in pain

Letting your animal friend suffer is completely unnecessary.

Recently I read an article by Dr. Becker on Dr. Mercola’s website. She talked about pain scoring for people as an assessment as to how much pain they are feeling.

“… [A] pain score is a subjective number that gauges a patient’s pain intensity based on behavioral and physiological parameters,” says Dr. Phil Zeltzman, writing for Veterinary Practice News.

She said that the same assessment should be used for animals and reassessed over the life of the same animal.  The difficulty lies of course in that the patient cannot tell the veterinary staff verbally how he or she is feeling. A chart that tells what signs to look for is given for cats and dogs and can be be helpful is listed below from Mercola’s site:

Colorado State University Pain Scales

Pain scales such as Colorado State University’s (CSU) are obviously intended for use by veterinarians and their staffs, but they can also be helpful for pet parents who want to learn what signs to look for to determine if their dog or cat might be in pain.

Pain score: 0

No pain present. The patient is happy, acts normally, moves comfortably, has a normal appetite and (if applicable) does not bother the surgery site. TPR is normal.

Pain score: 1

Mild pain present. This is usually displayed by a slight limp, difficulty getting up or down or a slight increase in TPR.

The patient is eating, tail wagging or purring and not depressed.

Pain score: 2

Moderate pain present. The patient shows sensitivity and may lick or chew at the surgical site or wound.

The patient may vocalize, may refuse to eat and may seem depressed, and has slow, shallow respirations.

Pain score: 3

Severe pain present. Signs include depression, reluctance to move and sensitivity at the surgical site or wound.

The patient will usually not eat, may vocalize and may lie down but not sleep.

Pain score: 4

Excruciating pain present. The patient shows all the signs described with a pain score of 3, in addition to intermittent panting, increased TPR — even at rest — constant vocalizing, profound depression, dilated pupils, aggressiveness and deep breathing.

but what if the patient is a different species? How can you tell if your pet is in pain?

Animal communicators who are trained in telepathic communication can not only ask the animal how they’re feeling but can also sense and scan the animal’s body to sense any areas of pain or inflammation. Although animal communication should never at any time be substituted for qualified veterinary care animal communication can be used integratively. 

As an animal communicator I have helped to convey many animals’ wishes surrounding health care. With one case the woman who had a cat was not aware of his wishes regarding his veterinary care. He was opposed to specific treatment he was being given. He had received numerous treatments that were prolonging his life but causing him unnecessary suffering. In short: he was in terrible pain.

Although I do not know what the doctor had known about the cat’s pain level in this case the woman who had the cat was calling the shots. He simply wanted to die naturally without further treatment which contributed to his suffering.

I had the delicate job of explaining to her that her cat simply wanted to be set free but that it was ultimately her decision as she saw fit. It’s my job to honor the animal’s wishes just as much as the person’s. I cannot tell clients what to do when it comes to life and death situations but only convey what the animal’s wishes are.

Sometimes animal guardians want to save the animal’s life at the cost of its quality. It’s important to put the animal’s needs ahead of our own. We have to think of how our animals feel. 

If you or someone you know has an animal who may be suffering animal communication can help understand his perspective. Often times pet parents have a hard time letting go and the animal suffers needlessly. Please share this with someone you love who may be going through a hard time with their animal companion.

Much love,

Susan Hill

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