Wondering If Your Dog Is In Pain? Here’s How To Tell
When you're a dog owner, it's easy to get so caught up in your furry friend's adorable face that you forget about their pain. But just like humans, dogs experience physical ailments (and emotional ones, too!).
And when you can't help but notice that your dog is limping or favoring one side, it's essential to ensure they get the care they deserve.
But how do you know when your dog is in pain? Here are some common symptoms:
They're not as excited to see you as usual.
Do you ever think your dog fell out of love with you? It's a common fear for dog owners, but if your dog is in pain, this is one of the first things you should check.
If your dog greets you with energy and enthusiasm when they see you, but now they're just laying around or not responding as quickly to commands, it could be a sign that something's wrong.
So, stop being dramatic and check up on your furry baby to ensure they're okay because your dog will never unlove you.
Haven't eaten anything all-day
Dogs love food, and they adore it and would do anything to get their paws on some. But if your dog hasn't eaten anything all day, not even a treat, it could be a sign that something's wrong.
So trust your gut, get your dog to the vet, and don't let them off the hook until they're checked out. Dogs are masters of hiding their pain, so it's better to seek professional help rather than wait for the worst to happen.
Their energy level has dropped off a cliff.
If you've noticed that your dog's energy level has dropped off a cliff, you may wonder what could be causing it.
The most likely culprit? Pain.
If you're like me, when your dog is acting lethargic, you might just assume they're tired and need a nap. But if their behavior is different than usual, or they're not acting like themselves in any way, it could be because something is hurting them.
A sudden drop in energy level can indicate pain—and if you notice that your dog isn't as energetic as usual one day, there could be a reason for it!
Excessive vocalization, including whining or crying out in pain
Dogs also have different levels of sensitivity in various areas of their bodies. So if they're hurting somewhere (or have been hurt), it makes sense that they'd let us know about it by making noise—it's their only way of letting us know what's happening inside them.
The best way to help a dog exhibiting signs of pain is to take them to a veterinarian immediately—don't wait until tomorrow or next week. You must act quickly so the vet can diagnose your dog correctly and treat them effectively as soon as possible.
Say goodbye to your worries about your pet's health.
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We’ve been caring for furry friends for over 40 years, and we're proud to be an AAHA-accredited veterinary practice. That means you can always feel comfortable knowing your best friends are in the best hands when you choose us.
Here at Monroe Animal Health, our kindhearted staff will greet you with a smile, talk you through any procedures or appointments, and answer all questions you have. There’s nothing we want more than your and your pet’s trust. Contact us today!