10 Signs your dog is in pain

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10 Signs your dog is in pain

Dogs are part of our family and are our best friends. In return, our fundamental role as owners is to know how to promptly identify the signs that the dogs give us when something is wrong. Dogs only have us to help them, and when something is not right with them, the only way they have to show it is through their behavior.

Discover the top 10 and most frequent signs that dogs show when they are sick:

#1 Stay away from owners

Dogs become antisocial, stop looking for owners, avoid contact and, in some cases, become aggressive when trying to approach them.

#2 Changes in eating and sleeping

Dogs lie down and standstill in an attempt to heal. When they are in pain, they usually sleep more than usual. Sometimes it can even be difficult for them to move in so much pain and not be able to play like they used to. They lose their appetite and have difficulty eating.

#3 Sounds of Pain

When dogs are in pain, they growl, howl and whimper more. They try to get the owner’s attention in various ways. If your dog has started to howl more than usual, make sure the dog is okay.

#4 Excessive cleaning

If your dog is constantly licking its paws, it is likely trying to calm itself down. The first instinct is to lick and treat the wound when dogs get hurt. However, the injury can be internal, and, in these cases, they also lick their paws.

#5 Change in breathing

Dogs begin to breathe in a wheezy way without having exercised. Shorter, shallower breathing is a worrying sign that you should be aware of and react quickly.

#6 Change in mobility

Rigid mobility and limp. They are one of the most obvious signs of pain in dogs and are likely the result of injuries, foot pain, or even arthritis. Observe if your dog has difficulty going up and down if he has a slower movement when getting up or if he lifts one of his paws when walking.

#7 Uncomfortable
Another prevalent sign is when the dog repeatedly moves from side to side to find a comfortable sleeping position. If your dog is sleeping less than usual, it is also a sign that something is incorrect.

#8 Body and posture changes

When dogs are in pain, they have a stiff, hunched posture, tucking their tails between their paws. They do this to stretch and feel more comfortable.

#9 Tremors

Several factors can cause tremors in dogs, but the most frequent is caused by food poisonings, such as having consumed chocolate or another substance to which they are intolerant.

#10 Eye changes

Dogs with eye pain usually end up squeezing themselves, and, in addition, the pupils get smaller. When dogs have pain in other body parts, the pupils get bigger and more dilated.

And what can owners do to help?

Take your dog to a veterinarian, and, while the dog is recovering, respect the space and time that is necessary. Do not promote physical activity. Keep the environment quiet and get him a very soft bed to feel comfortable and stress-free.

Ensure your dog receives the necessary medication prescribed by the veterinarian and always pay attention to the dog’s reactions.

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