As a pet owner, there is no worse feeling than seeing your furry friend in pain. However, if you can spot behavioral changes that signal early signs of discomfort, you can get to the root source quicker and find a pain management solution.
With September being Animal Pain Awareness Month, we wanted to bring awareness to the health and wellbeing of pets. As their master and closest companion, it is your duty to be vigilant and lookout for signs of discomfort. This is especially apparent for chronic pain, as the signals are not always so easy to detect. There is a misconception that dogs will alert their owners through crying and whining, but that is not always the case.
Common Signs Your Dog Might Be in Pain:
- Decreased activity and appetite
- Vocalization – barking, whining and crying
- Trembling or limping
- Difficulty standing after lying down
- Extreme weight loss
- Submissive or guarded behaviors
- Redness or swelling
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Changes in potty habits
More Subtle Signs Your Dog Might Be in Pain:
- Increased breathing rate
- Increased heart rate
- Anxious expression
- Change in body language – lowered head, or hunched back
If you notice your dog showing signs of any of the symptoms above, be sure to consult with a veterinarian as soon as possible.
We’re Pet Lovers With A Passion For Animal Care
Here at Animal America Pet Resort, we offer a wide variety of services for your furry friends, from dog boarding to training and everything in between. We’re CPR and first aid trained by Pet First Aid 4U, and we make experiences fun, loving and rewarding for your pup. In the Colleyville area? Schedule an appointment for your pooch today!