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Pain aggression in dogs – Pet tip 257

Unfortunately the following two scenarios occur from time to time: You’re innocently petting your cat or dog when all of a sudden your pet bites you. The same reaction can happen when you pick up your cat or dog the way you always do, when all of a sudden it bites you. What is going on here? Your pet NEVER bites you, and now that you are trying to show it some love, it bites you. Has your pet gone mad? What might be going on here is pain induced aggression.

It seems so obvious after you bring your pet to a veterinarian to figure out what is going on, but it may be as simple as pain induced aggression. Pain induced aggression means that your pet has exhibited an aggressive behaviour because it is in pain. This is especially common in older pets that may be suffering from arthritis or perhaps one of their internal organs is bruised or diseased.

Gail Nadine
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Border Collie
Date of Birth:
November 25, 1998
Date of Death
February 21, 2006
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My crazy border collie!  We went looking for our "Bob the Dog", and did he ever find us.  Couch Potato of the litter - or as much as a border collie can be.  He loved us so well, and was so loved in return.  We'd expected to have him for so much longer, border collies live such a long time usually.  But kidney disease struck, and when he was hurting too much to play in spite of his best efforts, we knew it was time to let him go.  His ashes will be returned to the home he loved best in British Columbia, overlooking the yard that he played - and gardened - in.  Gone, but never, ever forgotten. 

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