You did everything in your power to care for your beloved pet: sensing their discomfort, you rushed to the veterinarian and diligently administered the prescribed pain medications.
But here’s the lingering question: how can you truly gauge if those medications are doing their job? We can’t simply ask our pets, “Are you feeling better?” Fortunately, there are poignant signs that reveal the answer.
A Rebirth of Their Essence
Chronic, gradual pain, like the kind accompanying arthritis in our furry companions, can creep up on us. Changes in their demeanor and essence may unfold so subtly that we almost miss them. We might assume our pets are just growing older and perhaps a bit grumpier, not realizing that pain is often the silent culprit.
If you witness your pet returning to their spirited self after a few days or weeks of pain medication, it’s a telltale sign of heightened comfort. The withdrawn ones may seek out social interactions, and the once clingy ones might rediscover their independent streak. Cats may recommence their grooming routine.
Gone should be the days of unusual vocalizations—whining, moaning, yowling, or groaning—and expressions of pain should fade away when the pain relievers work their magic.
An Uplifted Sense of Activity
Pain, in any form, can be a stifler of activity. Arthritis often silently sidelines our aging pets, subtly steering them away from the activities they once relished. Stiffness and occasional limping may also accompany this condition. Once your pet finds relief in an effective pain medication, you’ll likely notice a revival of their activity levels.
A Wholesome Appetite
Pets in pain often struggle to eat well. Sometimes, it’s simply due to reduced activity and a diminished appetite. Yet, at times, the mere act of eating—bending to reach their bowl, for instance—causes them pain. Whatever the cause, many pet parents testify that their pets enjoy their meals more once they start their pain medication.
A Restful Slumber
If you’ve ever grappled with falling (or staying) asleep while in pain, you understand the ordeal. Pets in pain often toss and turn during their slumber. Introduce appropriate pain relief, and everyone in the household (including you!) will likely enjoy a more tranquil night’s sleep.
Fewer Unfortunate Mishaps
If you’re noticing that your once impeccably trained dog is struggling to make it outside, or your feline companion is missing the litter box, pain might be the culprit. Once pain is alleviated, these unfortunate accidents should diminish.
In addition to conventional methods, holistic approaches like Reiki healing and animal communication can be powerful allies in your pet’s journey toward comfort and healing. Reiki, a gentle and non-invasive energy healing technique, can soothe pain, reduce stress, and promote relaxation in animals. Its healing energy can be channeled to specific areas of discomfort, fostering a sense of well-being and aiding in the alleviation of pain.
Similarly, animal communication, a practice that involves understanding and interpreting the thoughts and feelings of animals, can provide invaluable insights into your pet’s experience of pain. A skilled animal communicator can bridge the communication gap between you and your pet, allowing for a deeper understanding of their needs and preferences during their healing process.
Our pets are masters at concealing their pain. If you suspect that your pet might be ailing or in pain, take the crucial step of scheduling an appointment with your veterinarian. Their expertise can lead to a diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan, encompassing prescription medications, holistic therapies like Reiki and animal communication, nutritional supplements, weight management, physical therapy, acupuncture, cold laser treatments, and other safe, effective approaches. Your proactive care, incorporating both traditional and holistic healing methods, can make all the difference in the world for your beloved furry family member.