When humans are not feeling well, we are usually able to tell someone that we’re in pain. If the pain is bad, we go through our stash of pain medications or go to doctors to have them assess the problem. Our pets suffer in pain like we do. Unfortunately, they’re not able to vocalize which part of their body is sore. They’re not able to tell us that arthritis pain is almost unbearable.

Acute pain (rapidly progressive pain) is usually easy to tell as compared to chronic pain, which is often deemed as “getting old” pain. But no matter what kind of pain our furkids are feeling, it’s important to be aware of the signs that tell us our dogs are not feeling well. Let’s take a look at the five signs you should be paying attention to.

1. He’s Making More Noise Than Usual

When the pain is tolerable, our pets may quietly retreat to a corner or to their safe place. It’s not unusual for them not to make any noise at all when they’re sore. Some may even sleep it off. However, when your dog is noisier than usual, it’s time to check on him. Vocalizing is his way of telling you that there is something wrong with him, and immediate care is needed. If your dog is howling, grunting, whimpering, whining, or yelping more, it’s time to look him over. Check if he’s paying more attention to one part of his body.

2. He’s Eating Less

Dogs are always eager when you bring them their meals and will wolf down the hearty food you prepared for them. You know that something is terribly wrong when your dog refuses to even look at the food you brought him. If he does eat, it’s in small bites and often chewing oh-so-slowly. He’ll also drink less water. You can also tell if he has a toothache or pain in any part of his mouth if he drops food from his mouth.

3. He’s Getting More Aggressive

If your sweet Fido is suddenly more antsy, snaps at other dogs and growls at anyone who dares invade his private space, it’s time to check if he is feeling unwell. Examine any body part that he seems to pay more attention to, but handle with care. Some dogs tend to bite even their beloved humans especially if that painful area was moved or touched.

4. He Has Difficulty Getting Up

Not only will your furkid have difficulty standing up, but he will also find it hard to do simple tasks such as walking and lying down. Like humans, some dogs who are in pain still want to get up and move around. Probably just as stubborn as their human counterparts, their movements won’t decrease but they will be moving around strangely like bunny hopping or limping.

5. He Pays More Attention To Himself

You may think that it’s probably just vanity when dogs pay more attention to themselves. Although it’s normal for dogs to groom themselves, obsessiveness with it may mean pain. That’s especially true if they seem to lick a certain part of their body more than the usual. Dogs who are not feeling well tend to hide and protect a body part. Some might even resort to biting themselves or excessive scratching.

Other Signs You Need to Take Note Of

While those five signs are enough to tell you that something is wrong with your furry pal, you should check for the following symptoms as well:

  • He seems to stare off into space a lot
  • Dull coat
  • Prefers a weird position such as hunched over or sitting with one leg to the side
  • Dilated or constricted pupils
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sleep and house training problems

Make Your Dog Feel Better By…

Contacting Your Vet

One thing you shouldn’t do is try to treat your pet’s pain by yourself. You may be panicking and attempt to alleviate his pain with human pain medications. You’ll do more harm than good by giving him the wrong medicine or dosage as this might lead to poisoning. You should also stop yourself from searching online and call your vet instead.

Giving Him Pain Relief Supplements

As soon as your vet says it’s okay to give pain relief supplements to your dog, consider soft chews to help your pet with pain management. Our Natural Hip and Joint Supplement Chews are good for dogs who are suffering from hip dysplasia and arthritis. You can also give these chews to your pet for the prevention of such disorders and keep him happy and healthy.

Making Him Comfortable

Just like us, our furkids also want to be comforted when they’re not feeling well. It’s not just about setting up an area with a soft bed and a thick blanket. Maintaining a calm presence and being with your sick dog will greatly help with pain management. As much as possible, don’t restrict him to a part of the house where he can’t see anyone as this will increase his stress and anxiety. Avoid leaving him alone and install safety gates if needed.