Pain in Pets

Is your pet in pain?

While that sounds like a very simple question, it can often be hard to assess because concealing pain comes naturally to animals. When your dog or cat is in pain, it can be harder to read and we often misinterpret their behavior.

Since our pets are living longer, they are more prone to conditions such as arthritis, cancer, kidney disease and other illnesses. All of these illnesses can cause discomfort and frequently our pets will exhibit subtle signs that they are in pain. Common signs to look for include:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Behavioral changes
  • Sleeping more often
  • Less interest in playing and being active
  • Reluctance to run, climb or jump
  • Trembling
  • Panting
  • Limping
  • Sensitive to touch

As our pets age or if they have chronic, painful conditions, quality of life becomes very important and decreasing pain can help them immensely. Our Rehabilitation and Integrative Care team have many therapies that can decrease your pet’s pain and help him or her enjoy life just a little bit more.


Starting Monday, April 8th through the end of September, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin their road resurfacing project along Waukegan Road from Lake Cook Road to Half Day Road (IL 22). Please allow additional travel time to our hospital during the construction. Learn More: Waukegan Road Resurfacing Project