New Hours

Animal Emergency Hospital (AEH) has been honored to serve our community, providing 24/7 care for pets in need, for over ten years.

While we will continue to operate and provide care for pets in need, AEH is in a transition period. The nationwide labor shortage has hit the veterinary industry hard and we are struggling to hire enough staff to maintain 24/7 hours of operation.

To ensure that we maintain the quality of care you have come to expect from us, we are transitioning to a veterinary urgent care facility with hours of operation from 8am-8pm Friday through Monday, effective immediately.

We humbly thank you for the trust you have put in us to care for your family members over the years and we hope that you will continue to trust us with their care as we find a path forward in this difficult time. If you would like to read any news, information, and helpful tips from our team, please be sure to check out our blog.

Your cat may experience pain for numerous reasons, including joint issues, urinary tract infections, dental problems, and kidney disease. However, discovering this pain may be difficult since your feline friend is good at hiding pain. Learn how to recognize subtle pain cues your fur baby exhibits to help ensure they are not suffering needlessly.

 

Your cat’s postures and facial expressions

Your cat communicates using their body language and facial expressions, so knowing how to read their cues is key to determining if they are in pain.

  • Posture — They may arch their back or tuck in their abdomen.
  • Expression — They may have enlarged pupils, flattened ears, and a furrowed brow.

 

Your cat’s daily habits

As your cat’s owner, you know your cat better than anyone, and you will be the first person to realize they are not acting like themselves. Factors to consider include:

  • Appetite — Cats in pain typically will stop eating or have a decreased appetite. They also may drink less. 
  • Social interaction — Your cat may withdraw and avoid social interactions, or they may seek comfort and affection. A previously friendly cat may start to exhibit aggression.
  • Litter box habits — Your cat may stop using their litter box, or you may notice that their feces are hard and dry, indicating constipation.
  • Grooming — Your cat may stop grooming, resulting in an unkempt appearance. They also may excessively groom an area that is injured, causing hair loss or skin damage.

 

Your cat’s activity level

Pain can affect your cat’s ability to maintain its usual activity level. The changes may be subtle, but things you can look for include:

  • Mobility — Your cat may move slower than usual, be reluctant to move, or limp when they do move. You also may notice they have difficulty getting up from a reclining position. 
  • Jumping — Your cat may avoid jumping on surfaces they used to access easily, or they may attempt to jump and fall.

 

If you believe your cat is affected by pain, do not attempt to medicate them before consulting a veterinary professional, as many common pain relievers are poisonous to cats. Contact our team if your feline friend exhibits any of these signs so we can help end their suffering.