Dogs experience pain similar to humans, from injuries and infections to chronic conditions. They feel pain after surgeries too. What hurts us hurts them too.
Whining, whimpering, yelping, howling, groaning, and grunting are signs of pain in dogs. Silence doesn't mean they're not in pain.
Dogs in pain may hide, limp, avoid putting weight on a limb, or protect the painful area by lying on it or assuming abnormal positions.
Painful dogs may show a decline in activity, reluctance to walk or play, restlessness, difficulty settling down, and shaking or trembling when encouraged to move.
Painful dogs may show reduced appetite, refusal to eat, decreased water intake, and difficulty reaching food and water bowls due to discomfort.
Changes in house training, sleep patterns, and behavior towards greeting may indicate pain or discomfort in dogs. Any alteration in their daily routine should be investigated for possible pain or illness.
Repeated licking, biting, chewing, or scratching of a specific body part in dogs may indicate a problematic area. Persistent behavior can lead to wounds and increased pain.
Dogs in pain may show uncharacteristic aggression or become unusually docile. Aggression can stem from fear of touch, while pain can cause irritability or silence in typically aggressive dogs.
Flattened ears, grimacing, dilated pupils, hunched posture, and excessive panting are signs of pain in dogs.
Veterinarians may suggest pain relief meds, surgery, physical therapy, laser therapy, acupuncture, and supplements to alleviate your dog's pain.