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Signs of Pain & Discomfort in Dogs

It can be concerning to see your dog suffering from pain or discomfort. In this post, our Knightdale explain how dogs tend to handle this, how they show pain or discomfort, and how to know if your dog is in pain, and when they might require urgent care. 

How to Tell If Your Dog is in Pain

Before dogs were domesticated pets, they had to hide their pain as a survival tactic. As a result, it may not always be apparent to owners when their pooch is physically uncomfortable in some way. Not all puppy pain is shown by a limping leg or a whimper!

If you have a good understanding of a dog's temperament and personality, you should be able to notice any signs that a dog id in pain by keeping an eye our for abnormal behavior. It is important to be able to pick out this behavior so your pooch can receive prompt care.

How Dogs Handle Pain

Dogs tend to hide their pain for as long as possible until symptoms emerge and their owners notice. In wild species, being skilled at concealing signs of disease, injury, and pain can keep animals from being perceived as weak by predators, making them an easy target.

Any sign of pain or discomfort in your dog should be addressed and treated by a veterinarian if necessary. Early detection of disease or illness leads to better health outcomes, fewer long-term complications, and less risk during treatment.

Types of Pain a Dog Can Experience

Like people, dogs can suffer from a variety of health conditions that cause acute or chronic pain, such as dental health issues or disorders of the organs.

Tumors and different types of cancer can also lead to pain. Acute pain can be caused by a foreign object getting stuck in its paw, an injury while exercising, a fall, an accident, or other mishaps. 

A dog of any age may contract parasites and suffer subsequent disease or infection. Senior dogs may experience pain from joint or bone disorders. diabetes or other health issues. 

Signs Your Dog is in Pain

Many dog parents come to us wondering how to know if their dog is in pain. Symptoms of dog pain or discomfort may include:

  • Significant decrease in appetite 
  • Tail tucked in or lowered
  • Spending more time sleeping
  • Yelping or whining 
  • Irritability 
  • Limping 
  • Reluctance to climb stairs or jump 
  • Reduced play or enjoyment of exercise 

A previously physically active, outgoing, and friendly dog that now cowers away from being pet, refuses to play, or loses its appetite could be suffering from pain or discomfort. Changes in behavior may indicate pain and should be reported to your veterinarian, who will examine your dog and diagnose the underlying health issue or condition. Many dogs tire more easily because pain can exhaust them.

If your dog's pain has recently worsened or is chronic, you may notice them sleeping more.

How Pain in Dogs is Treated

Depending on the cause of your pet's pain and their diagnosis, we may recommend treatment options such as pain medication, wound care, various therapies, or surgery.

Some definite signs of pain in dogs that may require urgent care include excessive whining or vocalization, limping or favoring a particular limb, and aggressive behavior when touched in a certain area. It is important to seek veterinary attention promptly if you notice any of these signs to ensure your dog receives appropriate treatment and relief from their discomfort.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Do you suspect your dog is experiencing some sort of pain or discomfort? Contact our Knightdale veterinarians today to book your pooch a physical examination.

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