How to Know that Your Dog is in Pain (8 Signs)


#1 – Excessive Vocalizations

Excessive Vocalizations© Cesar’s Way

Even if your dog is trying to play it tough, you should know that any pup in pain tends to get more vocal. However, unless this is accompanied by a specific physical action, it’s not usually easy to detect right away.

A hurt pooch may express the pain vocally in many different ways, such as snarling, growling, yelping, whimpering, whining, and howling. So if you’re fluffy friend is vocalizing more than usual, rush to the vet to see what could possibly be wrong.

#2 – Constant Localized Grooming

Constant Localized Grooming© The Spruce

When dogs are hurt somewhere, they often start licking their paws constantly in an attempt to relieve the pain and discomfort. One of the first instinct moves a pup makes when in pain is to clean and care for their wound by licking it thoroughly.

Of course, this is obvious when your pooch has a visible wound (such as a cut), but in many cases, even when pain is internal, the dog will still lick that area in an attempt soothe the suffering or solve the problem.

Our canine friends also lick their paws to rub their eyes when they’re experiencing eye pain. Generally, you should seek the help of your vet as soon as you notice excessive self-grooming.