We love our pets and want them to live long, happy lives, free of pain. But sometimes our beloved dogs do get injured, and underlying issues do happen. Dogs can’t tell us what’s wrong, so it’s up to us to keep an eye out for any changes and watch for problems or signs of pain in your dog.
Sometimes there will be physical symptoms that your dog might be in pain. But other times, it’s more subtle, as in changes in behavior or mobility. These changes can be evidence of a larger issue, so it’s important to learn what to watch out for so you know when to act quickly to get your dog the care they need.
Physical Signs of Pain in your Dog:
- Muscle issues: tightness or twitching
- Shaking or trembling, seizures
- Arching their back
- Lowering/ hanging their head
- Changes in their breathing
- Constant grooming in a particular spot
- Changes to their eyes
- Avoiding touch/ petting
- Changes in eating/ drinking
- Excessive licking, scratching, chewing, etc.
- Whining or making noises
- Inability to stay still or rest
- Changes in your dog’s sleep habits
- Unexplained aggression or anxiety
- Limping or changes in their gate
- Walking slower than normal or refusing to walk
- Avoiding stairs or reluctance to jump
- Trouble lying down or getting up
- Bumping into things
- Balance issues
Now you know what to look for as far as signs of pain in your dog. But you know your dog best! If you suspect something is ‘off,’ trust your gut and see your veterinarian as soon as possible. They have the skills and knowledge to diagnose the issue and provide the proper treatment.
If your dog has been to the vet and still struggles with pain after being diagnosed and treated, our wellness chews may be able to help with pain management. Our chews have active, plant-based ingredients that can help your dog feel more comfortable and have a better quality of life.