How to Tell if Your Dog is in Pain?
As dog owners, we love our pups and try our best to comfort them; catering to their needs, but due to the language barrier it becomes extremely difficult to understand if they are in pain. “How to tell if your dog is in pain?” has crossed every dog owners mind at least once since adopting the pup. I’ve listed down top eight signs which indicate that your dog is in pain.
Top 8 Signs- How to Tell if Your Dog is in Pain?
There are certain more or less apparent signs which indicate if the dog is in pain or not. It is however recommended that you visit a vet and try not to do a physical assessment because a dog in distress is more likely to act unexpectedly and injure you.
Excessive Grooming of a Particular Area:
Although dogs normally groom themselves, it might be a red flag if the dog is obsessed with grooming a particular part or area. Your little canine might lick it more than often to ease the pain irrespective of no apparent injury.
Dog Becomes More Vocal:
If your dog is more vocal than usual; an increased howling, whining, growling or any other form of vocalization means the dog is in pain. Be very gentle while inspecting the body for any signs of injury and pain.
Your Dog Refuses to Eat:
A loss of appetite is a very clear indication that something is not right. Your dog might find it difficult to chew or lose interest in food due to pain. Loss of appetite can be a symptom of a severe medical condition such as dental disease and kidney condition. Take your dog to a vet immediately if he or she refuses to eat.
Change in Breathing Pattern:
Dogs normally breathe heavily after running or exercise. If your dog is panting heavily without any exertion, then this might be an indication of pain due to an injury or illness.
Your Dog is Lethargic or has Difficulty Moving:
If your dog is avoiding movements, it could be due to a pain resulting from a disease like arthritis or because of pain caused by an injury. Take your dog immediately to a vet if he is limping, has difficulty climbing stairs, laying down, difficulty jumping, or getting up.
Any change in the dogs’ sleep pattern (excessive sleeping, sleeping too little, or whining and twitching during sleep) can be an indication of pain.
Changes in Behavior:
A change in behavior such as sudden aggression, biting, hyperactivity, trembling or shaking, back and forth repetitive movements is also an indication of a dog in distress and pain. The behavioral changes also include shying away from owners, isolation, moving the head away when patted, not interacting, and withdrawal.
Physical Changes Like Inflammation
Look out for apparent changes such as swelling, bruising, scratches, cuts, or inflammation. This could be due to an injury caused by accident, fight or because of an underlying medical condition.
It is recommended that you seek immediate help from a vet in case any of these signs appear in your dog, because these could be an indication of a severe illness which might be causing the pain.
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