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How to Tell if Your Dog Is in Pain

Your pet's well-being is of utmost importance, and as a pet parent, it's essential to be aware of your dog's health. Sometimes, your pet might be in pain, but they are good at hiding it or it’s not simple to be recognized.

Changes in Behaviour

Your pet's behaviour can be a valuable indicator of pain. Watch out for the following changes in behaviour:

Lethargy: If your dog is usually active but suddenly becomes lethargic, it could be a sign of pain.

Aggression or Irritability: Pain can make dogs irritable, and they may snap or growl when touched.

Hiding: Your pet may try to hide if they're in pain. They might find a quiet, secluded spot to rest.

Changes in Appetite

Pay attention to your dog's eating habits:

Loss of Appetite: If your dog refuses to eat or eats significantly less than usual, it could be due to pain.

Eating Slowly: Pain can make eating uncomfortable, so your dog may eat more slowly or with hesitation.

Vocalizations: Dogs may vocalize when they're in pain:

Whining or Yelping

Sudden whining or yelping, especially when touched or moving, can indicate discomfort.

Excessive Barking

If your dog is barking more than usual, it might be their way of expressing pain.

Changes in Mobility

Limping: If your dog is favouring one limb or limping, it's a clear sign of pain.

Stiffness: Arthritis and joint pain can make your dog move stiffly or have difficulty getting up.

Changes in Grooming Habits

Decreased Grooming: If your dog stops grooming themselves, especially in areas of discomfort, it's a sign of pain.

Excessive Licking or Chewing: Over licking or chewing a particular area can indicate pain or irritation.

Changes in Posture

Hunched Back: A hunched back, or a tucked tail can be a sign of pain or discomfort.

Guarding: If your pet is guarding a specific part of their body, it's likely because they're in pain.

Changes in Breathing

Rapid Breathing: If your dog's breathing becomes rapid or shallow without an apparent reason.

Changes in Sleep Patterns

Restlessness: If your pet is restless, constantly shifting positions, or having trouble lying down, they may be uncomfortable.

Changes in Tail Wagging

Reduced Tail Wagging: If your dog's tail wags less frequently, it may be due to pain or discomfort.

If you suspect your pet is in pain, it's essential to consult with us promptly. We can diagnose the issue and recommend appropriate treatment to ensure your furry friend's comfort and happiness. Remember, your pet relies on you to be their advocate and caregiver.

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