Recognizing the Symptoms of Pain in Dogs

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Pain can have a variety of causes in dogs such as arthritis, diabetic nerve damage, recent surgery, ear cleaning, cancer, tooth or dental pain, urinary tract infection, or anal sac obstruction.

A dog cannot tell you when they hurt or are in pain.  So how can you really tell when your dog is in pain.

Watch your dog closely for the symptoms listed below.

Sounds Made By Dogs In Pain

A dog can make a variety of sounds to let you know that they hurt or are in pain.  A dog can whine, grunt, yowl, yelp, groan, or grunt to indicate that they are in pain.  So pay attention for these sounds when you suspect your dog may be in pain.

Changes In Activity That Indicate Pain In Dog

A dog in pain may become more restless and just not settle down.  No position of laying or sitting is comfortable.  They may get up and down and then repeat.  They may continually circle, looking for a position that is comfortable.

A dog in pain may be reluctant to move and have difficulty getting up from the floor.

A diabetic dog in pain may tremble or just lie as still as they can.

A dog in pain may seek more attention than usual.  They may not want to leave your side.  They become very clingy and want you to constantly pet or rub them.  They may seek to be constantly underfoot.

Your dog may hide or not want to cuddled or picked up.  They may seek to protect a body part by shying away from your petting or a particular area.

The dog may limp or not want to put weight on a foot or leg.

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  1. Pepper says:

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