There is a reason for calling dogs, man’s best friend. Whatever life puts you in, you will never see your dog leaving by your side. So the question arises, would you be there for your dog if they ever need you?
Dogs are not able to communicate their distress to you so if your dog is in pain and you want to help them; the first step is to spot the apparent yet alarming signs that can be observed.
Following are the ten most alarming signs that you need to worry about if noticed in your dog.
Being antisocial and aggressive
Your dog did not come running to greet you today when you arrived home? Or are they avoiding your presence throughout the day today? This behavior is highly unlikely for an animal as friendly and cheerful as a dog. However, when in pain, your dog would start escaping and isolating themselves.
Eating, drinking and sleeping pattern changes
If you see your dog sleeping more than usual, that might be due to any pain experienced by them as they believe sleeping would heal them. Whereas, eating and drinking lesser might be due to feeling inactive or due to toothache.
Being more vocal than usual
Dogs in pain would growl, snarl, or yelp excessively. This behavior is a clear indication by them, trying to communicate that something needs to be fixed.
To calm themselves, dogs usually start grooming themselves. By licking their body, they try to heal the place that is hurt. This injury can be internal or external, followed by the same behavior.
Any unusual way of breathing by the dogs could be a sign of pain. For example, breathing lesser can be due to difficulty in inhaling or breathing excessively as well.
Being lesser mobile
An inactive dog, reluctant to run, showing signs of stiffness can be due to pain in paws or legs, discouraging them from moving.
If the dog sleeps less than usual and changes a lot of positions, it can be a sign of restlessness, which is proved to be an issue.
Changes in body posture
Swelling seen in the paws, legs, or face is a dangerous sign sighted. A posture that is hunched, rigid, unusual leg movements are a sign of pain.
Shaking and quivering
Shaking is not just due to cold rather, a sign of poising or kidney diseases. Due to muscle tremors, they might be quivering.
Changes in the eyes
A clear indication of pain can be seen through the dog’s eyes. If the eyes are swollen, red, or have some discharge, this means that there is some pain that they are experiencing.
All in all, If your dog is going through any signs of pain listed above, it is advised you take your best buddy to the vet right away.