Dogs, just like people, experience pain following an injury or surgery.
To help make your dog more comfortable at home your vet has prescribed a pain relieving medicine – Metacam. It is important that you give Metacam according to your vet’s advice to ensure your dog recovers as comfortably as possible.
If your dog has had a general anaesthetic then the after-effects (e.g. unsteadiness and drowsiness) normally wear off within 24 hours. If you have any concerns about your dog while they are recovering from surgery or injury you should contact your vet for advice.
Unlike people, dogs cannot tell you where it hurts, but they may show you that they are in pain through changes in their behaviour
Here are four simple questions that have been designed to help you and your vet recognise subtle changes in your dog’s behaviour that could indicate that they are in pain.
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please consult your vet for advice.
More grumpy than usual
Change in appetite
Reluctant to move around
Things you can do to help your dog recover in comfort