Sometimes our dogs can be in pain but they cant express it to us and am sure none of us can stand to see our beloved pets in pains. Even when our dogs aren’t eaten it affects us emotionally.
Sometimes it can be very difficult to know whether or not ur dog is in pain. But other times its obvious.
There are signs u can look for that might indicate your dog is experiencing pain.
Dogs in pain are more likely to bite so be careful. They could loss appetite as well. Breathing heavy, heart rate, and even appearance can all change when ur dog is experiencing pain.
If you have a good idea of your dog’s “normal” which includes his normal attitude, energy level, gait, appetite, thirst, sleep patterns, and other physical and behavioral patterns then it would help you know when his probably in pains or sick.
When evaluating your dog for potential pain, please take great care to not get yourself (or anyone helping u) bitten. Don’t allow family members and friends go close to him during such times. Even if ur dog would never normally bite anyone, the mere fact that ur evaluating your dog for pain indicates that this may not be a normal time.
Dogs in pain are more likely to bite. This is true even with their owners and other people they know. And it happens more when a person touches or moves the painful area. So once u observe the area of pains avoid touching such spots.
Dogs experiencing pain may have a faster and more shallow breathing pattern than normal. They may also pant.
Heart and Pulse Changes:
Dogs in pain will often have an increased heart/pulse rate. The rate often noticeably speeds up when the painful area is touched or moved.
U can learn how to measure your dogs heart rate at home. Contact a technician to teach u.
Dogs who are in pain may assume a very rigid stance, while others may assume the “prayer position” with their front legs on the ground, their butt up in the air, and a stretch throughout their abdomen. Some dogs in pain will lie around more, while others may experience difficulty laying down.
It all depends on the type, location, and severity of the pain.
The eyes can be great indicators of pain in dogs. They change both for eye pain itself and for pain elsewhere in the body. Often pain elsewhere in the body will result in larger (dilated) pupils, while pain in the eye(s) can result in either larger or smaller (constricted) pupils.
If their eyes are in pain, the affected eye(s) may also appear bloodshot.
Food and Water Changes:
Dogs in pain often eat and drink less than normal. When they do eat and drink, if the cause of their pain is their teeth or some other part of the mouth, they may drop food and/or water from their mouth.
Energy Level Changes:
Most dogs in pain will have a general decrease in their activity level. This often shows as a dog who sleeps more. It may also manifest as a dog who simply runs and/or jumps less than normal.
Dogs in pain often move around less. However, depending on what hurts, they may still move around the same amount, but do so differently (i.e. with a limp, or more slowly when going up or down the stairs, etc.)
Dogs who have back pain, for any reason, may have difficulty with the posture needed to defecate. So they may struggle to do that.
Body Contour Changes:
If u observe swellings, be they on your dog’s legs, body, or face, could be an indication of a painful condition, such as infection, inflammation or others.
It’s important to speak with or see your vet any time ur dog is in pain, or if u think they may be.
For dogs suffering from arthritis fish oil which has anti inflammatory properties can help.
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