We all know when a person cries or screams it can be a sign they are in pain. But how can you tell if your dog is in pain when they can’t complain? Dogs may not be able to tell you when they are in pain, but they will exhibit signs when something is not quite right. To be able to pick up on these signs, it’s important to know which behaviors are usual and unusual for your dog. If you see any odd behavior you should consult your veterinarian as soon as possible to investigate the cause – it just might save your furry friend’s life.
These are the most common signs that your dog is in pain:
Have you noticed that your dog is refusing to be petted or maybe even tries to hide from you? This is a common sign that they’re in pain. Although this is not always the case, some afflicted dogs might actually seek way more affection than usual.
When dogs are in pain, they will try to lick themselves in an attempt to relieve the uncomfortable feeling. Besides the excessive licking, you might notice that they’re biting or even scratching the area.
Has your docile dog become aggressive all of a sudden? It may be a sign that they’re wounded or in pain. In the animal kingdom, it’s natural instinctive behavior to attack when injured.
4) Mobility issues
Depending on what’s causing them pain, you might observe that they’re limping or having difficulty doing daily activities like walking or laying down.
5) Appetite change
Is your dog refusing to eat? A decrease in appetite is a common sign that something is wrong with your pooch. They might also want to sleep more or drink more water than usual.
Have you noticed that your dog is panting even though they haven’t been exercising? This could mean that they’re having difficulty breathing and could indicate a serious problem.
7) Excessive vocalization
Since dogs can’t cry, they will express their pain in many ways such as whining, whimpering, yelping, growling, snarling, or even howling. If it’s excessive, and particularly if combined with some other odd behavior, make an appointment with your dog’s veterinarian.
If your dog is trembling, don’t assume it’s normal. It could be something more severe like food poisoning or pancreatitis, so it’s always wise to investigate the cause to help your pooch.