One thing every vet will tell you, is that animals experience pain the same way humans do. So just because your animal doesn’t appear to be in pain, doesn’t mean they are not feeling pain.
I understand what the vet is saying and overall I think this is a good mandate to have. However, I also think it is a very simplistic approach to something that is a much deeper topic. For example, not even humans experience pain the same way from person to person. You and I might experience exactly the same event and it causes you a tremendous amount of pain, whereas it may only cause me mild pain. And I’m not just talking about pain thresholds.
What many humans have not figured out, is that a lot of what we classify or feel as “pain” is actually an emotional or psychological phenomenon. Pain does not necessarily reside in the physical tissues. But in my experience, many, if not most, animals have indeed figured this out. So I would disagree with the vet and I would say that an animal’s experience of pain is not necessarily the same as a human’s.
I’ve been through many healing journeys with this herd, from castration to wounds to abscess to dislocated limbs, and when they are in charge of their bodies, they often do not make the choice the human would expect them to make.
I’d like to share this video from my health channel, to give you a different perspective on pain, something to ponder: