How much pain are they in? Can you tell?
You can pick up clues by watching their posture and expression.
Animals, generally, hide their pain very well. You can pick up clues by watching their posture and expression. If they are defensive about a certain part of their body, if they growl or hiss during normal interactions, or when their eyes are almond shaped or furrowed, it is a sign of pain. However, generally if they don’t want to be touched that could be more of an indication of overall discomfort rather than localized pain.
Answer these questions:
Does your pet’s face appear furrowed or worried?
✔ Are they always tense, never relaxed? Are they hunkered?
✔ Do they tremble, shake, or excessively pant, even when resting?
✔ Do they flinch, growl, or hiss at your touch?
✔ Are they on medications to control the pain?
✔ Are the medications working at least 75% of the time?