Pain in Pets

What your pet feels, and how to understand the warning signs

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unknown and invisible Pain

Animals are able to feel pain as much as humans. However, sometimes its not always possible to see and understand when our pets are suffering. Many animals only show their pain to a very limited extent. For example, prey animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs tend to hide it their pain silently, as in the wild, showing signs of pain, such as vocalising, would attract predators and increase the chance of being caught and killed. It is therefore often a challenge for someone to recognise when their pet is in pain, especially when there are no identifiable causes, making it vitally important to pay vigilant to our pets behaviors.

Dog in pain

What is Pain?

Did you know: animals are able to feel pain as much as humans?

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Recognising Signs of Pain in Animals

Important knowledge for pet owners

Dog panting in the heat

Fake Animal Rescue Videos

How to spot orchestrated animal rescues  


Animals can often hide pain. Watch out for the signs!

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How can we avoid Pain for our Pets?

There are some things that responsible pet owners can do to avoid pain for their pets

Old dog

How to manage Pain in your Pet

How you can help your pet in pain management 


How to protect your pet and MINIMIsE risk

There are multiple things you can do to minimise the risk of you pet experiencing any pain

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You can protect your pet by providing...

… a secure living environment
... adequate nutrition for species/breed  
... correct amount of exercise for the species/breed
... regular control/maintenance of coat, skin, eyes, ears etc
... regular (recommend annual) check up visits to the vet
... correct handling of any known conditions, eg pain medication and supplements 

Guinea pig

Four Paws Guides

Our guides offer numerous tips and useful information for everyday life with companion animlas.

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