Dogs have a unique way of expressing pain, and it is very different from the ways people tend to express theirs. Or we most likely think so because we do not know how to interpret and understand their language completely. Today we will therefore explain how dogs express pain.
Today we will go through different ways in which dogs express pain. Some are fairly obvious, but others tend to be much more subtle. Due to their genetic heritage, some animals hide that they are injured or sick to avoid showing signs of weakness. It is very important that you pay attention to your furry friend to ensure their safety and well-being.
Here are some ways in which dogs show the pain they are experiencing:
- They sound more than usual: whining, howling, grunting, barking…
- They constantly lick a certain part of their body: even if the dog in question does not have a visible wound, you should remember that this may be a sign that it is trying to relieve internal pain.
- Their habits begin to change: they may sleep more, lose their appetite, or even start drinking more water.
- Their breathing is altered or strained: for example, panting without having exerted themselves.
- They begin to use different positions when defecating or urinating.
- They have difficulty sitting or lying down and cannot find a position where they feel comfortable.
- Their movements become abnormal: unsteady, stiff, difficult to support their legs, lame, etc.
In addition , their pupils become dilated (though not if they experience pain in their eyes, in which case they squint and their pupils become smaller.)
Other behaviors that a dog expresses his pain with can be:
- To hide or run away from you, or on the contrary to refuse to leave your side.
- Be aggressive and even try to bite whoever comes close to them.
- Avoid being petted.
- Seem depressed.
- Seem desperate and lack motivation to go for walks.
- Do not welcome their family members with enthusiasm or avoid coming when called upon.
To ensure that the change or changes in your dog’s normal behavior are its way of expressing pain, you should try to find out in which area of the body the pain is located, even if there is no visible wound. To do this, you need to touch the different parts of your dog’s body, gently but thoroughly.
Be careful if its condition makes it aggressive. Remember that it can try to bite, especially if you cause more pain by touching the affected area. In any case, it is important to go to the vet directly if the animal appears to be in distress, even if you can not identify what type.
Among the main reasons that can cause your dog pain we find:
- Diseases of the joints
- Dental problems
- Different types of cancer
- Procedures or surgery
This is why it is necessary that you take your pet to the vet. The sooner you determine the causes of the pain they are feeling, the faster the animal can recover, or at least get relief from its suffering and achieve a higher quality of life.
You should definitely not try to medicate the dog yourself to relieve its pain, definitely not with products for humans. If necessary, a veterinarian will decide which medication the animal should take, and also the correct dose.
As simple as that. Even if your dog does not seem to express clearly that they are in pain, you may sooner or later notice that something is wrong if you take a closer look. Dogs express pain in different ways, so it is important to be well-read.
Ensuring that your pet is well is one of your biggest responsibilities as an owner. Do not waste more time, start looking for the best ways to relieve your dog’s pain.