Being a pet parent can be exciting as you have a companion to share your home and life with. However, there are some challenges that you need to handle as a dog owner, from training the dog to managing its feeding and toilet schedules and taking it for routine vet visits. The toughest part is to understand the dog, particularly when it is in pain. Unfortunately, dogs aren’t always easy to read and how they manifest pain depends on the animal’s temperament. If the pet if a walk-it-off type, reading its pain and getting help wouldn’t be easy. Still, there are some signs which indicate that your dog may be in pain. Here are the ones you should be vigilant about.
Dogs and puppies tend to be more vocal when they are in pain. There are several ways they may express their pain, from whimpering to whining, growling, snarling, yelping, and even howling. When your pet vocalizes more than normal or makes unusual sounds, it is a clear red flag. If you notice the sounds accompanies with a specific physical action, checking the animal is a good idea.
Constant localized grooming
Another indication that you shouldn’t ignore is the constant grooming of a specific area. Dogs in pain usually lick their paws for soothing themselves. If your pet gets hurt, the first instincts would be to clean the wound by licking it. They will do it for visible cuts and wounds and internal pain as well. Excessive self-grooming, in general, requires attention, so take the dog to the vet if you notice this sign.
The demeanor and personality of your pet depend on its breed, although well-trained animals are often calm. But even otherwise easygoing and fun-loving dogs like GoldenDoodles can get aggressive when they are injured. The pet may go into protection mode and avoid physical contact just because of the pain. If a normally docile dog suddenly starts growling or even biting, it is time to get it checked by the vet.
Changes in sleeping, eating, and drinking patterns
Another warning indication of something being wrong with your dog is altered sleeping, eating, and drinking patterns. The animal may suddenly appear to be lazy or sleep more because it is probably more comfortable when still. On the other hand, it may appear too restless and unable to sleep. Loss of appetite is a reason to worry about while you may also notice that changes in the way and quantity of water it drinks.
A change in the dog’s breathing patterns is a warning sign of a health issue, including pain or injury. It is important to get a veterinarian check-up if the animal is panting even while not doing physical activity. Take notice of their breath, whether it is faster or shallower than usual because this shows that even breathing is hurting the animal.
Like babies, dogs and pups are unable to tell you when they are hurt. Understanding the pet well enough is vital to ensure that you help them before the pain or injury gets worse.