Last Updated on December 21, 2020
Unfortunately for us, our dogs can’t speak, so it isn’t easy for us to understand what is going on with them at every given moment. It is easier to determine if your puppy is happy than to figure out if they are feeling any pain. But you can pay attention to your dog’s behavior or to their body language to try and understand if something is wrong with them.
If you come to figure out your dog is in pain and actually discover the source of the pain, be sure you take them to a veterinarian, and please, do not try to treat your dog at home, as it can be very dangerous and do more harm than good. So, here are nine signs your dog is suffering!
1. They Are Showing Aggressive /Antisocial Behavior
Dogs are usually very social creatures, with a kind spirit and a sweet nature, and you will know your dog’s personality better than anyone. If there is a change in their behavior, like if they suddenly become aggressive, or if they are not as social as they usually are, maybe you should be concerned. Dogs won’t change the way they act without reason, so if you notice any major changes to their personality and you can’t see why, then maybe you should start looking for any possible underlying health problems.
2. Your Dog’s Routine Has Changed
Some dogs are lazy, and some dogs are active, but every dog has a routine filled with things they enjoy doing. If all of a sudden, your dog seems to have stopped enjoying themselves and are sleeping a lot, this could mean that they are trying to heal or are experiencing mobility issues and get tired more easily. A sudden loss of appetite can also be a sign of some health condition you don’t know about, and in that case, you should call the vet and try to get some answers – the same if they are not consuming as much water as they usually do.
3. Your Dog Is Being More Vocal Than Usual
Why is your dog barking too much? Well, that’s their way to express themselves, and every type of bark can have a different meaning. Dogs can’t use words, so if they feel any pain and discomfort, they will snarl, howl, yelp, and even growl – it’s their way to let you know something is not right. A healthy dog won’t be super vocal, they will just bark during interactions or if they get territorial or playful. So if your dog is crying out for help, you better listen.
4. Your Dog Is Licking Themselves A Lot
Grooming can be a pain reliever for dogs, so if you notice that they are licking themselves constantly, this can mean that they are trying to ease their pain or discomfort. They react by instinct, so if they are hurting somehow, the first thing they will do is lick the wound to treat it. If it’s a cut, you will have no trouble detecting it, but if what’s causing the pain is something internal, you should take them to the vet and find out, since it might be something serious.
5. Your Dog Is Panting
Panting is a natural thing, and it’s even more natural for dogs who suffer from breathing problems. But if your puppy has no respiratory issues and has not been exercising recently, and they are still panting heavily, that is a reason for concern. You should observe how they breathe because if their respiration appears to be shallower, that can mean they are having a hard time breathing, and that taking a breath has become painful, which is not normal for a healthy dog.
6. They Are Having Trouble Moving
If your dog was injured somehow, they could show mobility issues, but this can also be a sign of more serious conditions, like arthritis, which is pretty common in senior dogs. If you notice that your dog is having trouble catching up when you two go for a walk, or if they avoid exercise or are reluctant to doing simple things, like climbing the stairs, this can be a sign they are hurting somehow.
7. Your Dog Seems More Agitated
A sick dog can appear calmer or even lazy, but some dogs manifest their health issues by becoming more stressed and agitated. If your dog is restless, this can mean they are suffering and are facing trouble finding a comfortable position to stay put. As a result, they might be sleeping less and less, and they will start walking aimlessly back and forward. Pay a visit to your veterinarian and find out what’s going on.
8. Their Body Has Changed
If your dog is suffering from a condition that causes inflammation, from any sort of infection or even from cancer, there is a chance their legs, paws, or face might become swollen. Also, their posture might change as they try to adapt to the pain – if they appear to be more rigid, or if they assume the so-called prayer position, this can be a sign they are experiencing abdominal pain, and they will do what they can to try to stretch that area and get some pain relief.
9. Your Dog Is Shaking A Lot
If you have an old dog, shaking and trembling are probably something you are used to. But if you have a puppy, and it’s not winter, and they are still shaking, this can be a sign they are in pain. Trembling in dogs can be a sign of something serious, like kidney disease, poison, or pancreatitis. It is a symptom that is often displayed by dogs who have eaten a lot of chocolate, for example, which is harmful to their health, and shaking is a body response. If your dog starts trembling without any evident reason, take them to the vet immediately – after all, your dog’s health should be one of your top priorities.