How to tell if a dog is in pain

How to tell if a dog is in pain

No pet parent wants their dog to be in pain. But since they instinctively try to hide their pain and they can’t tell us when they are hurting, it’s up to us to recognize the subtle signs and to get them the help they need.

Many behaviors and physical changes can indicate that a dog is in pain. Learn how to recognize the signs of pain in dogs, what causes it, what you can do to help and how to discuss your concerns with your vet.

Signs a Dog Is in Pain

Dogs feel pain the same way we do, but they don’t always show it in the same way. A dog’s pain can become evident through physical symptoms, behavioral changes and/or mobility issues. These might be subtle, so stay vigilant and never be afraid to ask your vet about anything that might signal that your dog is in pain.

Physical Symptoms

When a dog is experiencing pain, you might notice slight physical changes or how they carry their body. Here are a few physical signs of pain in dogs:

Tight or twitching muscles

Shaking or trembling

Holding their head below their shoulders

Behavioral Changes

A dog in pain tends to behave differently than usual. Just like us, dogs tend to be crankier when they are experiencing pain. Here are a few behavioral signs that might indicate that your pet is experiencing pain:

Not wanting to be touched

Mobility Issues

If a dog has sustained an injury or is dealing with arthritis, you may notice changes in their mobility. Here are common signs of pain in dogs that affect their mobility:

Walking slower or refusing to walk

Reluctance to jump or use stairs

Reluctance or inability to lie down or get up

Some of these signs of pain can be seen with other serious medical or behavioral problems too, so always discuss changes in behavior or normal activity with your veterinarian.

What Causes Pain in Dogs?

There are two types of pain: acute and chronic. Something that just happened, like an injury or illness, causes acute pain. Things that have been going on longer, like arthritis or dental disease, cause chronic pain.

Anything that damages cells or creates inflammation can cause pain in dogs:

Damage to bones or joints

Soft tissue injuries

Ear, skin and urinary tract infections

Severe stomach upset

Some kinds of cancer

How to Help a Dog That’s in Pain

If you think your dog is suffering, don’t panic. There are a lot of different options and things you can do to help them start to feel better.

Here are some steps you can take to help your dog cope with pain and work towards relief.

Make an Appointment With Your Veterinarian

First, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to figure out what the problem is.

Your veterinarian will need to run some diagnostic tests. In order to pinpoint the problem, your vet may need to do X-rays, blood tests or an ultrasound.

Stop or Modify Physical Activities With Your Pet

If your pet is showing signs of pain during an activity, avoid it until you can talk to your veterinarian.

Your veterinarian will be able to help you figure out how to best help your pet, whether it is stopping that activity altogether or establishing modifications that will minimize pain.

Simple pain-reducing modifications to common activities can include: taking shorter walks, using a ramp or steps, rolling the ball or tossing it shorter distances, and raising food/water dishes to a more comfortable height.

For some instances of acute pain, these changes might be temporary, but for some chronic pain conditions, they may be long-term.

Keep a Record of the Signs You’re Seeing

We’ve all been through the scenario where we see certain signs at home, but by the time we get to the vet, everything looks fine.

That’s why it can be helpful to take pictures or a video of your pet when they are showing signs of pain or discomfort. Write down when they occur and what your pet was doing at the time.

This helps your vet understand the scenarios in which your dog is experiencing pain as well as the types of symptoms and signs of pain they are displaying.

Having video and pictures of your dog can also help your veterinarian to make the proper modifications to your routine to help minimize the pain.

Explore All of the Treatment Options

There are many veterinary treatments that can eliminate or reduce both acute and chronic pain. Talk with your veterinarian to understand what your dog’s treatment options are.

The most common treatments for pain include:

Wild and domestic animals show pain in a variety of ways. Their inability to communicate does not in any way diminish their potential to experience hurtful and unpleasant stimuli.

Pain in dogs can be caused by a variety of conditions including, injury, trauma, or an underlying issue, like canine arthritis.

Be watchful for subtle queues that your dog is feeling pain.

Obvious Signs of Pain in Dogs

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Vocalization
  • Trembling
  • Restlessness
  • Increased breathing rate

How to tell if a dog is in pain

Subtle Signs of Pain in Dogs

  • Increased heart rate
  • Reduced appetite
  • Depression
  • Reluctance to move

Signs of pain and distress can vary tremendously among individual dogs, depending on their experience, age, and environment. Some dogs have an amazing pain threshold; others are much more sensitive. But make no mistake: Dogs both experience pain and show the signs of pain.

Sadly, veterinary patients are unable to directly convey their feelings of pain. Therefore, identifying pain in canine patients is an important and sometimes difficult diagnosis. Treatment and therapy must aim to relieve the pain or at least make it tolerable.

What to Do if Your Dog Is in Pain

If you think your dog is in pain, you should consult your veterinarian. In an emergency, follow these steps for first-aid care.

For more information on reading and understanding your dog’s body language, check out our tips here.

Many of my patients ask how they can tell if their dogs are suffering from chronic pain. They want to make sure they are not missing telltale signs, especially since the species is known for its stoic nature.

Surprisingly, it’s a hard question to answer. For something we all have felt and is potentially all around us, pain is difficult to describe or define. It can be localized or diffuse, acute or chronic, and mild or agonizing.

Untreated, prolonged, or chronic pain lasts several weeks to months, persisting beyond the expected healing time after an injury. In humans, pain is considered chronic if it lasts more than three months. For many patients, both animals and humans, pain stemming from an initial injury or ailment may remain long after the original cause has healed.

Although not a disease in itself, in many cases following injury or trauma, pain becomes the disease.

Yes, They Do

For too long, people danced around the topic, “Do animals feel pain?” The denial of the experience of pain in animals is shameful and indefensible. Despite anatomic differences, an overwhelming body of evidence exists confirming animals’ capacity to feel pain. As veterinarians, we believe that the life of an animal should include the “five freedoms” described by William W. Muir III, an expert in the area of veterinary anesthesia and analgesia. These are:

  • freedom from hunger and malnutrition
  • freedom from discomfort and stress
  • freedom from injury
  • freedom from disease
  • freedom from pain

The perception of pain is an underappreciated gift. Without it, we would burn ourselves on hot stoves, could not feel splinters, or not recognize when we are stepping on broken glass. Pain is the body’s alarm system and an essential part of an animal’s self-preservation.

In dogs, pain perception and tolerance levels vary tremendously between individuals and among breeds. Some dogs are very demonstrative about real or perceived pain, some almost worthy of a best actor Academy Award. Others are much more stoic. The effusive, animated victims of pain we can easily medicate; much more worrisome are the stoic dogs who suffer in silence.

The causes of chronic pain in dogs are diverse. It may stem from arthritis and degenerative joint disease, diabetic neuropathy, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, neurological illnesses, and a host of other ailments.

Easing Pain

For years, pain was mostly ignored in veterinary medicine, largely because there were no safe or effective treatments. But today, there are ways to alleviate pain or ease the underlying conditions that cause it.

Drugs that are often used include:

  • Carprofen (Rimadyl, Rovera, etc.), a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, commonly called an NSAID. It has both analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects by inhibition of the synthesis of prostaglandins. The drug is used primarily for musculoskeletal pain like arthritis and acute pain from surgery or trauma.
  • Gabapentin, which is used as an anticonvulsant, sedative, anti-anxiety medication, and to treat chronic pain syndromes. It is sometimes effective in pain that is nonresponsive to NSAIDs or opiates.
  • Buffered aspirin, a drug still in widespread use among the American public. Aspirin is both an anti-inflammatory and an analgesic but is not as specific for some forms of arthritic chronic pain as some newer drugs. The main adverse effects are gastrointestinal, and it should never be given along with corticosteroids. Check with your veterinarian before giving any drug to your dog.

Other methods are being explored to treat chronic pain, but we need more solid research into these alternative therapies. They include:

  • Adequan (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) has been used in dogs with degenerative joint disease. It protects joints, helps regulate collagen synthesis, and may help decrease inflammatory mediators commonly found in arthritic joints.
  • Acupuncture, based on the placement of very fine needles on nerve ending acupoints, results in inhibitory blockage of neurotransmitters responsible for pain. Many people swear by acupuncture for pain relief.
  • Cold laser therapy is another alternative. It utilizes light sources in both the visible and infrared range to increase circulation in the smallest blood vessels and to help relieve chronic musculoskeletal distress.
  • Diet is perhaps the most underused pain-relief method. Ketogenic and hypoallergenic diets have been used for the management of inflammatory disorders and arthritis in people and might have potential in dogs.

Along with a sensible diet and gentle exercise, your veterinarian can help tailor-make a program to decrease chronic pain. Keeping your dog comfortable will improve his quality of life and increase the enjoyment of your time together. They depend on us.

This article originally appeared in the award-winning AKC Family Dog magazine. Subscribe today!

This article was co-authored by Brian Bourquin, DVM. Brian Bourquin, better known as “Dr. B” to his clients, is a Veterinarian and the Owner of Boston Veterinary Clinic, a pet health care and veterinary clinic with two locations, South End/Bay Village and Brookline, Massachusetts. Boston Veterinary Clinic specializes in primary veterinary care, including wellness and preventative care, sick and emergency care, soft-tissue surgery, dentistry. The clinic also provides specialty services in behavior, nutrition, and alternative pain management therapies using acupuncture, and therapeutic laser treatments. Boston Veterinary Clinic is an AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited hospital and Boston’s first and only Fear Free Certified Clinic. Brian has over 19 years of veterinary experience and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University.

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Dogs feel pain every bit as much as people do, but most dogs have evolved to hide signs of pain because it could make them vulnerable to attack by rival dogs. Some dogs will plainly communicate that they are in pain, others can be very stoic and make that determination difficult. [1] X Research source Many times dogs will hide their pain, if possible, as a natural survival mechanism. Even so, there are many ways of determining if your dog is in pain. The sooner you can make this determination, the sooner you can seek help. This can help to keep minor problems from turning into major ones.

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How to tell if a dog is in pain

How do I know if my dog is in pain?

Often our dogs suffer in silence. Because dogs can’t speak, it can sometimes be difficult to spot when they’re pain, whether it be as a result of injury or an underlying issue. However, there are a number of signs, some more obvious than others, which can indicate pain in dogs.

Please do not attempt to treat your dog’s pain yourself. Many human medications — and those prescribed for other pets — can be very dangerous for dogs.

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1. Antisocial or aggressive behaviour

Dogs might stop running to greet you at the door, try to avoid contact, or even become aggressive. If your dog is hiding away or appears to be unusually antisocial, it could be an indication that they’re in pain. Any noticeable change in behaviour can be cause for concern.

2. Changes in eating, drinking, and sleeping habits

Dogs that are in pain often sleep more – they may be trying to heal, or it might even be difficult for them to move around and be active. A loss of appetite and noticeable differences in the amount of water they’re drinking are often common symptoms. Difficulty eating, particularly dried food or firm chews, can indicate dental pain.

3. Being more vocal

Dogs that are experiencing pain tend to be more vocal. Excessive yelping, growling, snarling, and even howling could be your dog telling you that something isn’t right.

How to tell if a dog is in pain

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Is my dog in pain?

If your dog is in pain they may:

  1. Show signs of agitation
  2. Cry out, yelp or growl
  3. Be sensitive to touch or resent normal handling
  4. Become grumpy and snap at you
  5. Be quiet, less active, or hide
  6. Limp or be reluctant to walk
  7. Become depressed and stop eating
  8. Have rapid, shallow breathing and an increased heart rate

4. Excessive grooming

If your pet is licking their paws constantly, it’s likely they’re trying to soothe themselves. When a dog is hurt, its first instinct is often to clean and care for the wound by licking it. Cuts are more obvious, however, sometimes the pain can be internal.

5. Heavy panting or altered breathing

Panting is normal. However, a dog that is panting heavily even though they have not been exercising is a warning sign. Also, breathing that is more shallow means that it could be painful to take a breath.

6. Mobility issues

Stiffness and limping are two of the more obvious signs of pain in dogs and are likely a result of injury, sore paws, or even arthritis. Your dog might be reluctant to climb stairs or is noticeably slow when getting up. This can also manifest itself as reduced interest in exercise, or not being as active as usual.

7. Signs of agitation

Restlessness is an indicator of pain in dogs. If your dog is pacing back and forth repeatedly, difficulty getting comfortable, or is sleeping a lot less, there could be an underlying issue.

8. Changes in their body and posture

Swelling of the paws, legs, and face is a sign of pain that could be caused by inflammation, infection or even cancer. When in pain, some dogs have a very rigid and hunched stance while others assume the ‘prayer’ posture with their front legs on the ground and their bottom in the air. Dogs often take the ‘prayer’ position when they are suffering from abdominal pain as it allows them to stretch this area out.

9. Shaking or trembling

Don’t assume trembling or shaking is just your dog feeling cold or, indeed, getting old. Both can be a sign of pain — or a symptom of something more serious such as poisoning, pancreatitis, or kidney disease. Dogs who have swallowed large amounts of chocolate, mouldy compost or sugar-free sweetener xylitol, for example, often suffer severe muscle tremors.

How to tell if a dog is in pain

Is my dog in pain?

If your dog is in pain they may:

  1. Show signs of agitation
  2. Cry out, yelp or growl
  3. Be sensitive to touch or resent normal handling
  4. Become grumpy and snap at you
  5. Be quiet, less active, or hide
  6. Limp or be reluctant to walk
  7. Become depressed and stop eating
  8. Have rapid, shallow breathing and an increased heart rate

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How to tell if a dog is in pain

When people are in pain, it’s pretty hard to miss most of the time. We complain about our aching back. We yell out because we’ve stepped on something pointy. We limp because it hurts to put pressure on a leg. We lay down in the middle of the day in complete silence and darkness because we have a migraine.

Dogs, unfortunately, aren’t always quite so easy to read. First off, to start with the obvious, they can’t tell us if something hurts because of that whole not-talking thing. And while things like limping or whining every time they put pressure on an area are pretty sure signs of a dog in pain, symptoms aren’t always so clear — especially if your dog is of the “walk it off” type.

Still, there are a number of more subtle things that you can watch for if you’re worried that your pooch might be hurting more than she’s letting on.

Excessive Vocalizations

Even if they’re trying to be tough, dogs in pain tend to be more vocal, but unless this is paired with a specific physical action, it’s not always easy to spot immediately. A hurt dog may express this vocally in a number of ways: whining, whimpering, yelping, growling, snarling, and even howling. If he’s vocalizing more than normal, see what’s up.

Constant Localized Grooming

Dogs in pain will often lick their paws constantly in an attempt to sooth themselves. When dogs are hurt, one of their first instincts is to clean and care for the wound by licking it as well. This is obvious if it’s a visible wound like a cut, but often even when pain is internal, dogs will lick that area in an attempt to fix the problem. Dogs will also lick theirs paws to rub their eyes if they have eye pain. If you notice excessive self-grooming in general, seek the help of a vet.

Differences in Sleeping, Drinking, and Eating

Many dogs will sleep more when in pain because they’re trying to heal or because it’s too hard to move around. In this vein, a loss of appetite and changes in the way and amount they drink are common.

Altered Breathing

Is your dog panting even though she hasn’t been exercising? Do her breaths seem faster or shallower? These things can be signs that it hurts her to take a breath.

Changes to the Eyes

Dogs with eye pain frequently squint. Additionally, you might notice that his pupils are smaller. For pain in other parts of the body, the opposite is true — the pupils get bigger.

Difficulty Resting

If your dog is hurting, it can make it difficult to sit or lie down. Because of this, you should check them if you notice they are sitting or lying in an unusual position or seem to have trouble staying put. For example, they might keep trying to sit or lie down and almost immediately get up and move around again.

Withdrawing or Seeking Affection

Some dogs, when they aren’t feeling well, try to keep away from you and may even hide. Others will be all over you, seeking affection constantly.

Aggressive Behaviors

Ever heard the expression, “Like a wounded animal?” Well, there’s a reason. When animals are injured or otherwise in pain, many will go into protection mode and try to get you to stay away because they’re worried you’ll hurt them. This may mean that your normally docile dog suddenly starts growling, pinning his ears back, and even biting if you do something that worries him. Typically aggressive dogs sometimes show the opposite behavior.

Obviously, most of these symptoms can mean several different things, so you don’t just want to assume your dog is in pain. As long as your dog isn’t acting aggressively, one thing you can do to check is to poke and prod (gently but firmly) around their body — just like your vet does. This can help you to localize the source of the pain, but be careful — otherwise docile dogs will sometimes bite when hurt if you touch a sore spot.

If you find something that seems worrisome or the odd behavior continues, see a vet immediately to diagnose the problem.

How were you able to tell that your dog was in pain in the past?

As a dog owner, it’s important to learn how to recognize signs of pain in your dog. Your dog is not capable of telling you in words when he’s hurting or feeling sick, but his body language can often let you know this in no uncertain terms.

While some dogs are more vocal or obvious about their pain, others hide it well. By learning to recognize the signs of pain in dogs, you’ll be able to tell whether or not your dog is hurting, and you’ll know when to take him to the emergency vet in Highland and Westville, IN as well.

How to tell if a dog is in pain

6 Signs of a Dog in Pain in Highland and Westville, IN

Common signs of a dog in pain include, but aren’t limited to:

Fear and Aggression

One of the most common signs of pain in a dog is fear. Aggression goes along with this fear, and both are usually found at the same time in a dog who is suffering or in pain. Sometimes, however, a dog may show only aggression or only fear instead.

A dog who is fearful will hide in out of the way locations and may shy away from interaction with the family. An aggressive dog, on the other hand, may growl or snap at anyone who tries to come near him, including his favorite family members.

Whining and Panting

If your dog is hurting, he may whine often, especially when trying to move. If he’s a smaller dog and you pick him up, he may whine because this causes his pain to flare up again. Certain activities may cause the wining to increase.

Panting is also a sign that a dog is in pain or is feeling nauseated. Normal panting occurs when a dog has been active or when it’s very hot outside, but excessive panting or panting at inappropriate times may signify something is wrong with your dog.


Dogs are usually keenly aware of which part of their bodies are causing them pain, and because of this, they may lick or chew often at the source of the problem. Even if your dog has internal pain due to organ disease or damage, he may still lick and chew at his skin near where this problem is located.

You may notice your dog focusing on licking certain parts of his body often, even to the point of removing the fur in these locations. If so, this can be a sign that he’s in pain and that this location is the root of the issue.

Stiff Movements

Dogs who are in pain, especially from arthritis or other joint related problems, may be prone to stiffness when waking up from a nap. They may have difficulty rousing and getting out of bed, and they may have trouble stepping or jumping over items that they used to have no issues dealing with.

Stiff movements that come on suddenly may be a sign of an acute problem, while stiffness that increases over time is usually a part of arthritis, old age, or both. Talk to your vet in Highland or Westville for more information if you notice stiffness in your dog, as it can sometimes be a sign of Lyme disease.

Loss of Interest in Play

Dogs should remain interested in playtime, even if they are older dogs who aren’t quite as capable of playing as they once were. If your dog shows no interested in playtime at all no matter when you try to get him to play, this may be a sign that he is either sick, in pain, or both.

Try playing with your dog using a variety of different toys and at different times of the day. Some dogs simply aren’t as interested in playtime at some times of day as others, but you should know what’s normal for your dog.

Loss of Appetite

Finally, a loss of appetite is a good sign that your dog is in pain or that he may be sick. Dogs who suddenly stop wanting to eat or whose appetites change drastically without much warning are likely to be dealing with an illness or injury.

If your dog is still eating but has reduced the amount of food he eats, you may be able to wait and see if you notice any other symptoms. However, if your dog stops eating altogether, you should take him to the vet immediately.

When To See Your Vet in Highland or Westville, IN if Your Dog is in Pain

Now that you’ve learned this information, you should be more prepared to respond when you notice your dog is in pain. A dog in pain is usually a dog who is either sick or injured, so it’s important to work with your trusted veterinarians in Highland or Westville, IN if you think your dog is hurting.

Your vet will work to diagnose the problem through bloodwork, X-rays, and any other tests that may be required. From there, the veterinarian will be able to provide you with treatment options moving forward with whatever might be causing pain for your dog.

If you have questions or concerns about your dog’s symptoms, contact our animal hospitals in Highland or Westville, IN or stop in today! Our team is available 24/7 to be able to help your pet and get to the root of what’s causing their pain. From there, we’ll work with you on developing the best treatment plan to get them back to living their happy and healthy lives with you.

Dogs can’t cry out loud in pain that its owner can quickly understand. They tend to suffer in silence. Most of the time they show a few signs which can make it easy to spot their pain. While few signs are obvious, the rest can be difficult to spot. No matter what you feel and understand, never treat your dog yourself. Any medication without the vet’s recommendation can be dangerous and should be avoided.

10 Warning Signs That Your Dog Is in Pain.

Depending on the age and kind of dog, dogs may either become antisocial or show aggression. Where once your dog would run to see you at the door, they will stop looking at you. They will avoid everyone, become aggressive at the slightest thing. The reason for hiding or becoming antisocial is a sign of being in pain silently. If you see that your dog has a changed behavior that should be a cause of concern.

Just like humans, the dogs in pain like to rest. Sick dogs sleep a lot; this is because their body is trying to heal itself. Sometimes the pain might be in their leg which causes difficulty in moving around. Appetite loss is also common along with the difference in water consumption. If you see them trying to eat with difficulty, it may indicate a dental problem.

Dogs tend to growl, bark, whine or howl when in pain. If you notice your dog making noises louder than usual, then it might be because they are trying to tell you something. In this case, you can try to check the dog’s body for pain. Do this gently so that you do not hurt them any further.

Every pet licks itself when hurt; few of them love to do this constantly while soothing themselves. If your dog has hurt itself or has an open wound, they will start licking themselves clean. It is a natural instinct to take care of themselves. Cuts and abrasions may lead to internal injury. Carefully examine your dog if the licking goes on for a long time.

Shallow breathing or heavy panting both are warning signs that something is wrong with their body. If while resting your dog shows these alterations in breathing, they may be going through something painful.

If any part of your dog’s body is unusually stiff or you see your dog limping, then they are obviously due to some injury or pain. Soreness in paws, arthritis are common problems that can make them immobile. Unable to take stairs, slow walking or not being able to get up all indicate serious issues. They may also show sudden disinterest in exercising and not being active like they used to be.

Any signs of agitation indicate that your dog is in pain. Constant pacing, unable to get comfortable in the usual places, sleeping lesser than before indicate some underlying issue. It means they are experiencing something unusual and needs immediate attention.

Any kind of swelling in the body caused by inflammation or infection is a warning sign. Dogs tend to have a rigid stance or a hunched back when they are in pain. If they have pain in the abdomen, then sitting with their bottoms in the air allows them to stretch the area. If you see your dog sitting in an unusual position, they need some help.

Do not mistake into thinking that dogs tremble due to their old age or if they are feeling cold. Shivering, shaking, trembling may indicate serious issues like poisoning, kidney diseases. Eating chocolates in large quantities or swallowing too many sugary products can lead to muscle tremors that can get too serious.

If your dog is well-trained, but if they start urinating or defecating inside, it is because they cannot move around. Unable to walk, getting up or climbing stairs may result in lying in a corner and accidents happening inside the house.

  • Patience and care can help your dog recover from any illness. Comfort your dog to reduce the stress and anxiety caused due to the pain.
  • Stay calm and have lots of patience when they are in pain. If you are calm, the dog will stay at ease and feel secure.
  • Make the dog stay in a comfortable resting place. At times when their pain doesn’t let them stay at their favorite place, create an alternative resting place with a soft bed and blanket as required.
  • Depending on the kind of pain, you can massage the dog, give them a warm bath, or a warm blanket to ease their discomfort.
  • Nobody likes to stay alone when in pain, not even dogs. Stay by his side and be his companion in this tough time. Talk to the dog and give him a comforting touch.
  • Do not let your dog lick or bite their wound as it may worsen the situation.
  • For acute situations, comfort him and give him time to heal at home. If you think the situation is serious and your dog doesn’t heal within a day or two, take him to the vet immediately.
  • Explain all the symptoms to the vet accurately so that the treatment can happen aptly.
  • Medications given by the vet need to be given on time and regular follow-up with the vet.
  • If you are unsure about what your dog is going through, see the vet immediately. Also, a vet can closely examine your dog and quickly do an analysis of the issue. In serious cases, it is advisable to rush to the vet at once without wasting time.
  • You can use natural supplements like fish oil or coconut oil. These can ease out pains from arthritis, food poisoning, and allergies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will my dog eat when in pain?

While it is not necessary for dogs to give up food in every situation. There might be noticeable changes in your dog’s appetite. If the dog gives up food totally, then it is a concern and you should quickly seek the vet’s advice. Giving up food can be a symptom of a serious disease.

Q. How can I treat my dog when in pain?

Many medications are available over the counter for common pain-related issues. These pain relief medications should be given to the dog only if your vet has prescribed it to you. There may be underlying pain not visible to the eye and may need surgery. Dog’s cannot describe their pain precisely. So it is always advisable to seek a piece of expert advice before proceeding with any self-treatment.

What can owners do to help ease the pain in their dogs?

A dog in pain may be limited in movement, but it is advisable to keep some physical activity going. Provide him a soft and comfortable environment that enables his speedy recovery. Give him the medications on time and in correct doses as prescribed by the vet. The medications may have side effects or your dog may react differently to it. Monitor any changes during the medication and inform the vet if you notice something inappropriate.