Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. Pain is a subjective experience and your dog will have very different experiences of the same pain and cope in alternative ways to other dogs.
REMEMBER PAIN DOES NOT COME JUST FROM INJURY – it can be: Digestive Pain, Joint Pain, Back Pain, Headache or From a Lack of Sleep.
Pain can be broken down to into several elements:
Somatic (Limbs, Muscles, Skin), Visceral (Internal Organs, Stomach) , Neuropathic (Nerves and Spinal Cord)
With Physical Pain it can be Acute Pain (the one we all know sudden Physical Trauma – Broken Bone or Cut) OR Chronic Pain.
Acute Pain is more easily described and observed and is short lived – a survival mechanism.
Chronic Pain is not so easily described and very subjective depending on the individual – which is why you need to know your dog behaviour and movement.
The experience of unpleasant emotions is often referred to as “Emotional Pain”, such as when someone loses a loved one.
The emotions that arise when one’s social bonds with another are impaired or lost – such as feelings of isolation, loneliness, and rejection – comprise one type of emotional pain, called “social pain”.
Recent research has found that the term “pain” is not just a metaphor, but is based on the finding that social pain is processed in the same brain regions where physical pain is processed.
When something changes – NEVER RULE PAIN OUT