An infant cries when something is wrong. Even a young child can explain when something is wrong to a parent or guardian. So what about our pets? Our dogs can’t vocalize when they are in pain through language, but if we don’t see any wounds or see any accident, how do we know when he or she is in pain? Here are a few subtle tells that your dog is experiencing symptoms of pain.
Over Grooming- Obviously dogs are frequently licking and grooming themselves, but if you notice him or her focusing on a specific area on their body, pay close attention. Oftentimes dogs will groom places of pain to clean a wound, even if there isn’t one there.
Heavy Panting- Common panting should not be a cause for concern. However, if your dog suddenly begins panting heavily out of character, it could be stress induced. If you notice repetitive, uncommon heavy panting, please don’t hesitate to give us a call, as this behavior could be an indication of pain.
Not Eating- If you notice changes in your pet’s appetite, they may be showing symptoms of an ailment. Is your pet showing no interest in his/her food? This could be dangerous and you should give your emergency vet a call.
Personality Changes- If your dog is usually personable, but is now shy and timid, this could be a indication of pain. Another common change is they could become overly aggressive when you try touching them or getting close to them. Don’t take it personally, dogs tend to protect themselves from any contact when they are feeling pain.
Physical Behavior Changes- This is the most easily noticeable of any. Prepare to call an emergency vet if you see any of the following signs:
Stiff or Arched Back
Laying on Side
Unexplained Accidents in the House
Not making it outside in time
Lack of squatting when using bathroom
Sleeping more than usual
Hopefully your dog is healthy, happy, and strong. In the event that you recognize something is wrong, we are always here when your regular veterinarian isn’t available. We are the only 24 hour emergency vet dedicated 100% to emergency treatment. Keep us in mind if you ever recognize any of the signs mentioned above. We are available to talk on the phone, and always open, even nights and weekends.