Pain Score Canine

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PAIN SCORE 0-2

Psychological & Behavioral:
Comfortable when resting
Happy, content
Not bothering wound or surgery site
Interested in or curious about surroundings
Response to Palpation:
Not tender to palpation of wound or surgery site, or to palpation elsewhere
Body Tension:
Minimal

PAIN SCORE 3-4
Psychological & Behavioral:
Content to slightly unsettled or restless.
Distracted easily by surroundings.
Response to Palpation:
Reacts to palpation of wound, surgery site or other body part by looking around, flinching or whimpering
Body Tension:
Mild

PAIN SCORE 5-6
Psychological & Behavioral:
Looks uncomfortable when resting.
May whimper or cry and may lick or rub wound or surgery site when unattended.
Droopy ears, worried facial expression (arched eye brows, darting eyes.)
Hair coat appears rough or fluffed up.
Reluctant to respond when beckoned.
Not eager to interact with people or surroundings but will look around to see what is going on.
Response to Palpation:
Flinches, whimpers, cries or guards/pulls away
Body Tension:
Mild to Moderate
Reassess analgesic plan

PAIN SCORE 7-8
Psychological & Behavioral:
Unsettled, crying, groaning, biting or chewing wound when unattended.
Guards or protects wound or surgery site by altering weight distribution, limping, shifting body position.
May be unwilling to move all or part of body.
Response to Palpation:
May be subtle (shifting eyes or increased respiratory rate) if dog is too painful to move or is stoic.
May be dramatic, such as a sharp cry, growl, bite or bite threat and/or pulling away.
Body Tension:
Moderate
Reassess analgesic plan

PAIN SCORE 9-10
Psychologial & Beahvioral:
Constantly groaning or screaming when unattended.
May bite or chew at wound, but unlikely to move.
Potentially unresponsive to surroundings.
Difficult to distract from pain.
Response to Palpation:
Cries at non-painful palpation (may be experiencing allodynia, wind-up or fearful that pain could be made worse.)
May react aggressively to palpation.
Body Tension:
Moderate to Severe
May be rigid to avoid painful movement
Reassess analgesic plan

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