How to Tell if Your Dog is in Pain

 

Dogs feel pain for many of the same reasons as humans: infections, dental
problems, arthritis, bone disease and cancer. They also feel discomfort
following surgical procedures.

Unfortunately, unlike humans, they are unable to speak to us about
when and where they hurt.

You are in the best position to look for the subtle changes in
behavior that may indicate your pet is suffering. It�s important
to stay alert to these signs, because the sooner your dog�s pain
is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he or she can heal and
resume a normal, happy life.

If your dog shows one or more of these behaviors and you suspect it may be due to pain, notify your veterinarian immediately
 

VOCALIZING
ACTIVITY LEVEL
SELF-PROTECTION
Whining
Howling
Whimpering
Yelping
Groaning
Grunting
Restless
Reluctant to move
Difficulty getting up from a
 laying position
Repetitively gets up and lies down
Trembling, circling or lying very still
Seeks more affection than usual
Protects a body part
Doesn�t put weight on a limb
Limps
Doesn�t want to be held or
 picked up
Hides
DAILY HABITS
FACIAL EXPRESSION
AGGRESSIVE
Decreased appetite
Withdraws from social
 interaction
Changes in sleeping or drinking
Lapses in housetraining
Sleeps more
Glazed, wide-eyed or looks
 sleepy
Enlarged pupils
Flattened ears
Pants excessively when at rest
Acts out of character
Growls, hisses, bites
Pins ears back
A normally aggressive dog may act quiet, docile
SELF-MUTILATION
GROOMING
POSTURE
Licking
Biting

Scratching a particular part of its body

Coat lacks normal shine
Hair stands up in places
Hunched, with hindquarters
 raised and front end down on
 the ground Lays on its side