Animals often mask their pain. This makes them not only brave but more likely to survive in a natural world, where weak individuals are preyed upon. Often it can be hard to tell that your dog is in pain. Ria Bhatnagar shares with Pet Problems Solved, 9 indications that your dog is in pain…

9 indications that your dog is in pain

When a human being is in pain, they can yell, or can tell people. We complain about our back pain, take medication, discuss with our family or just lay down to rest. Dogs, unfortunately, are not always so easy to read. They cannot tell us if something hurts because of that aching thing. The whining sounds and the limping are sure signs that your dog is in pain.

For your help, there are some symptoms that are an indicator that your dog is in real pain::

  1. Antisocial or aggressive behavior
    The foremost sign to check if your dog is in pain is to see their behavior. If they have become antisocial or aggressive, they may be in great pain. They may stop running to greet you at the gate, try to avoid contact or can even become violent. If your dog is hiding away and appears to be antisocial, it could be the sure indication that they are in pain. This change can be cause for concern. You just need to take your dog to a veterinary clinic soon.

2. Changes in eating, sleeping, and drinking habits
Changes in eating, sleeping, and drinking habits are another strong sign that your dog is in real pain. You can get an idea by checking their habits. Dogs tend to sleep more when they are in severe pain. It becomes difficult for them to move around and be active. A sudden loss of appetite and differences in the amount of water they are drinking are the most common signs. Trouble in eating, mainly dried food or firm portions, can specify dental pain.


3. Being Vocal
Dogs that are in severe pain may become too vocal. Excessive yelling, snarling, yelping and even howling could be the sure signs that your dog is in pain and in need of a little care and affection.


4. Heavy wheezing or altered breathing
Heavy wheezing, altered breathing or panting may indicate pain. A dog that is panting excessively is a warning sign of discomfort. Also, a shallow painful breathing could be a sign too.


5. Trouble in resting
If you see your dog not resting properly, this can be an indication of pain. It makes it difficult for them to sit or lie down. Because of this, it becomes important to check your dog. Sitting or lying in an unusual position, may be a sign of pain in your dog. For instance, they may keep trying to sit or lie down and instantly get up and move around again.


6. Seeking or withdrawing affection
Seeking or withdrawing affection are two indications that your dog is in pain. Some dogs, when they are not feeling well, try to keep away from you or may hide. Others will be looking for love continually. If you see these two signs most of the time, then your pet may be in pain.

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7. Mobility issues
Mobility issues may result when your dog is uncomfortable due to pain. Sore paws, injury or even arthritis can be the cause of mobility issues. Your dog might be unwilling to climb stairs or slow when getting up. This will make your dog appear a bit lazy.


8. Changes to the eyes
When you see the eyes of your dog, they appear to be a bit reddish or the pupils have changed in appearance.


9. Excessive Licking
If your pet is licking their paws, then they are likely trying to calm themselves. When a dog is hurt, the first sign is often to clean the wound by licking. Cuts are noticeable but sometimes the pain can be internal as well.

Treatment for dogs in pain

There are many medications that you can use to offer pain relief for your dog. Consult your vet about your dog’s pain to receive the correct medication, dose or even surgery, when necessary.

What can pet owners do to help dogs in pain?

While your dog is recovering, make sure to limit their physical activity. Soft bedding and a comfortable environment will also help your dog to recover. Ensure that dog receives the correct dose of medication prescribed by the doc. You should always monitor your dog’s response to the medication. If you have any concerns, contact your vet immediately.

Be sure of the signs and offer your dog the obvious care and affection. Be the best pet parent and keep your dog happy and healthy!

About the Author: Ria Bhatnagar is a dog lover. She enjoys writing about dogs and their importance in people’s lives. She is in love with pets and wants to write more and more about them. Her dream is to own a cute little pet family.  She also likes to write on litter box odor control for cats as well.

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