How To Tell If Your Dog Is in Pain

Dog Resting on Ground

How Can You Tell if Your Dog Is In Pain?

Every dog is different so there is not a definitive list of symptoms that will say your dog is definitely in pain. But common signs can include:

  • Does not like being touched (including being groomed)
  • Reluctance to exercise
  • Change in behaviour - could be more quiet than usual or more growling/barking
  • Eyes not sparkling and bright - more soulful
  • Panting more than usual
  • Lameness
  • Not wanting to lift leg to urinate, or not able to stay still to go to the toilet (doing it on the move)
  • Change in eating and drinking habits.

As you see your dog every day, you know your dog best. You will know what is normal and healthy behaviour and notice any changes. Any change could be a symptom of pain or illness. For example if you notice your dog starting to over-chew or drop food, it can be a sign of dental problems.

Obviously as animals age their behaviours can change. But doesn't mean they're in pain. On the other hand, don't assume that a reluctance to exercise is just because your dog is older. He or she may have arthritis or some other health issue. Which is causing them to feel discomfort. Dog's are very adept at keeping their pain hidden, and can put up with a lot. So if you notice a change, do get to a qualified vet for advice asap!

What To Do If You're Worried About Your Dog?

If you're concerned about your dog being in pain then it's important that you visit a professionally qualified veterinary surgeon to get a diagnosis on what the ailment is. This may include a variety of tests to see what the cause is, and it may take time to find out what's wrong. Your veterinary surgeon may advise on a course of treatment including pain relief.

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Remember…….That if your dog is in pain he or she is unlikely to be happy to be examined! So take some treats to help him/her be distracted and happier with the experience. Techniques like Tellington Ttouch can be useful to calm and relax too - as can therapies such as Reiki or Radionics.

Can complementary therapies help?

Yes they can - many types of therapies can help relieve pain. This includes Massage, Acupuncture, Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Homeopathy and Herbal Remedies (check these out here at my online information hub). But before you try any therapies a veterinary surgeon should diagnose your dog to avoid any delay in the correct treatment. As different therapies, like with conventional medicine, will require different complementary therapies and dosages.

If you'd like your dog to get diagnosed and treated with complementary therapies then remember there are many experienced veterinary surgeon's who have trained in holistic therapies around the world. If you'd like help locating one then please email me at info @ taranet.