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    Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    Just curious how common this is...

    Do your pets seem to know when you are sick or in pain?

    Does it change how they act around you?
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    Re: Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    Without a doubt.

    When I was recovering from some surgery a year ago, and mostly home alone with my dogs, they spent the day resting patiently alongside the bed.

    When I am healthy, they are considerably less patient and sedate.

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    Re: Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    I've never been seriously sick or injured during the three years that I've owned Kaki.

    I'm inclined to say no. She is always patient when I need to relax.
    Plus, she's usually the one hurting me with a high five to the face or a big tackle during rough play. My pain does NOT slow her down.

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    Re: Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    The cats do for sure. The dogs... sometimes yes, sometimes no. Pip is the most attuned to that sort of thing.

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    Not sick or injured necessarily but Bella and my cat know when I'm very sad or very stressed out. Bella is not the kind of dog that loves to be petted and loved on, she'd rather be playing with you, but when I'm upset she always plops her but right down on top of my feet and leans against my legs and lets me love and pet her as much as I want. When I'm upset my cat, Malo, stays right by me no matter what.

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    Sometimes. You know about my pain problems. I'm always hurting, but they only seem to notice it when I let my pain show. Most of the time I hide it and they dont act any different. When the pain gets intolerable and I'm obviously in agony, they (meaning Remy) hover and act worried.
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    Re: Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    The cat definitely knows. Today, for instance, he hasn't left my side. He's curled up napping with me.

    The dog knows, but I think it scares him right now. I sat down on the sidewalk outside cus I wasn't feeling good and he got kinda anxious. He "asked" to go back in his crate...
    He's been a lot more quiet and gentle since Thursday...and he won't come when Dan calls him. He stays with me all the time. He'll come when I so much as pat my leg. (I'm a lil smug about this LOL).
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    Re: Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    That pretty much describes how mine act when I'm really hurting. It does make them anxious and nervous.
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    Poca has the opposite reaction. She seems to revel in our pain. She gets excited like its a trip to the dog park, jumping on us, play biting, and booing. I point out to her that she is dependent on me for food and care and should therefore be nicer to me. She thinks that's pretty funny, too. It's just weird.

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    I've had a herniated disc and walking just to the bathroom SO painful-thank goodness for dog walker coming to take care of them. I'd have to make these awful moaning noises and would cry and this freaked her out and she'd hide.

    My good ol boy Duke died a while ago-if I cried or even sniffled a bit, he'd run over to comfort me. I thought it was amazing and it was always helpful. Miss him so much.

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    Re: Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    Nope, the dogs don't notice/care.

    I did have a mini horse though who I think was my soul mate.. he knew when he could goof off and be silly, and when we needed to focus on work. And when I was sad and crying, he would stay by me and try to cheer me up.


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    Re: Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    Jubel seems to understand when I'm sick. I got the flu back in November and was wiped out completely for about a week and felt like crap for just over 2 weeks. The week I was home from work and he basically only got potty breaks and 2-3 10 minute walks around the neighborhood a day he was fine. He seemed to get that I was sick and his usual absolute minimum two 30 minute walks weren't going to happen. Normally he gets at least a 30 minute walk in the morning and a hour + at the dog park in the afternoon. When he gets less he's often whiney and pesters me because he's bored. None of that when I was sick, he just snuggled and slept with me most of the time with no complaints.

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    Re: Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    Quote Originally Posted by CoverTune View Post
    Nope, the dogs don't notice/care.

    I did have a mini horse though who I think was my soul mate.. he knew when he could goof off and be silly, and when we needed to focus on work. And when I was sad and crying, he would stay by me and try to cheer me up.
    Horses have a great intuition. They're good listeners too, at least mine is. I always tell him about my day and vent to him when I'm upset about something. He stands there looking at me, like he truly understands every word I'm saying
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    Re: Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    Nope. I don't think she's aware of that stuff at all, to be honest. She does notice when I am stressed or upset, but her reaction is actually to go lie in her crate, not to cuddle me or something. She's a very sensitive dog. Even if someone raises their voice in excitement she tends to flee to her crate. Makes me feel pretty bad, actually.

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    Izze knows, one day I had a migraine & I was in bed sleeping it off, OH let Izze in for me (it was winter & this was before Jo). He said she came in & went to the side of the bed that is usually mines but I had crashed out on the opposite side. He said she went over to that side & put her head on the bed & remained there for the longest time before finally laying down on the floor right beside me.

    Jo is still in stupid puppy syndrome, so I don't think she cares lol.

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    Re: Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    He seems to be calmer and more comforting when I'm sick, but he doesn't seem to take the hint when I'm in pain. When I got my wisdom teeth pulled a couple months ago, he tried climbing on top of me and sticking his head in my mouth, lol!

    Quote Originally Posted by Labmom4 View Post
    That pretty much describes how mine act when I'm really hurting. It does make them anxious and nervous.
    You know, I never really thought of it this way. It does make sense though. But I guess Basil likes to express his anxiety by scratching me or jumping on me, lol.


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    Re: Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nargle View Post
    He seems to be calmer and more comforting when I'm sick, but he doesn't seem to take the hint when I'm in pain. When I got my wisdom teeth pulled a couple months ago, he tried climbing on top of me and sticking his head in my mouth, lol!
    Well, you see, he knew where the pain was coming from LOL
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    Re: Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    Quote Originally Posted by lisak_87 View Post
    Well, you see, he knew where the pain was coming from LOL
    Or at least he knew where the tasty smelling blood was coming from! Lol!


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    Re: Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    A few years ago I had some heart rhythm problems. Toby would know every time it was happening and would come over and put his head on my lap. Cameron never noticed.

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    Re: Do Your Pets Know When You Are Sick/Hurt?

    Lola gets psyched for the possibility for a nap partner, but I don't think she notices.

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