How to Know When Your Dog Is in Pain
Just like humans, dogs have different personalities too. When in pain, some dogs will be whining, whimpering, yelping, snarling, or even growling, while some will just be quiet in one corner. If your dog belongs to the former, you may be alarmed at an instant and would try to do some solutions to alleviate some of the pain. You may also bring your dog to the veterinarian at once for diagnosis and treatment.
A problem lies when your dog does not seem to complain about the pain it is undergoing. Probably, when you are busy doing something, you may find it ideal for the moment that your dog is not asking for attention. But when the situation lasts for a day or two, you should know that your dog is sick or is in pain.
Pain in dogs can be caused by many factors. Direct blows can inevitably cause your dog to whimper or snarl. Your dog will likely to growl also with throbbing and increasing pain. But when pain is gradual and continuous, which can be caused by organ damage or age-related diseases, your dog may softly groan in a secluded corner.
Here are some ways on how to detect if your dog is sick and is experiencing pain.
A sick dog will not greet you at the gate when you come. He will just be staying quietly where he is when you arrive home. You will also notice that he disappears in some secluded areas where he does not like to go before. His natural energy is diminished, and it may refuse to move even if you urge him to. When your own pet dog nips at you, it only means that he is going through some bad and painful moments.
Change in Appetite
Typically, your dog will always be begging for food. When he sees that you have food in your hands, he will always try to get your attention to give him some of it. Dogs normally have a robust appetite. It is genuinely uncommon to see a dog that seems not to be interested in food. When your dog does not touch his food during his meal time, you can be 100% sure that he is sick and maybe in pain.
A happy dog will have his tail up in the air and wag it constantly. If he is not, he drags his tail with his back arched. Other physical changes may include swelling, enlarged pupils, and tremors. In this case, you should consult a veterinarian at once.
Being pet owners should prompt us to learn more about how to help our pets when they are sick and in pain. It is our responsibility to keep them healthy and let them enjoy a stress-free life.