Pets are quite good at hiding pain, and they aren’t exactly able to tell you when something is wrong. This is why it’s important for you to know what to look when something doesn’t seem quite right with your pet. We can help diagnose and treat your pet.
When we need to figure out what’s wrong with your pet, we routinely use x-rays to help identify the cause of the problem, rule out possible problems or provide a list of possible causes. We may also use x-rays during a wellness exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious.
X-rays provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). We use radiology alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian.
Before we get to that, it’s important for you to watch for changes that may indicate that something is wrong.
- 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
- 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 your dog is showing any signs of pain, call our office at 337-364-2811 immediately so that we can help.