Signs And Symptoms That Help Detect Pain Or Discomfort In Dogs
It can be difficult to tell if your dog is in pain without properly diagnosing the problem. Dogs often hide pain, so their discomfort can be difficult to detect. However, some changes in behavior can indicate pain or discomfort.
Dog’s Body Language
Dogs often exhibit certain physical signals when in pain. Habitual changes in behavior such as:
- Whimpering or whining
- Shying away from touch or not wanting to be petted
- Reluctance to move or move slowly
- Hiding or trying to be invisible
If your dog starts to displays any of these behaviors, they may be trying to indicate that they are in pain or discomfort.
If your dog is licking and biting themselves excessively, they may be trying to alleviate discomfort. Excessive licking can cause skin problems, so it is important to watch out for any signs of pain.
Change In Appetite
If your dog is in pain, they may reduce their appetite. In addition to reduced appetite, your dog may also change their eating behavior, such as eating too quickly or leaving food behind more often.
Restlessness Or Aggression
Pain can also cause your dog to become more aggressive and defensive, as they may want to protect themselves. Alternatively, your dog may become restless and unable to settle, which may indicate discomfort.
To get an accurate diagnosis of any pain your dog may be experiencing, it is important to take them to a vet to assess the symptoms and problems associated with them. Paying attention to their regular behavior and changes in habits can help you detect any discomfort that may be happening.