Often our dogs suffer in silence. Because dogs cannot speak, it can sometimes be difficult to spot when they’re in pain, whether it is as a result of injury or an underlying issue. However, there are a number of signs, some more obvious than others, which can indicate pain in dogs. If your dog is in pain they may:
- Show signs of agitation.
- Cry out, yelp or growl.
- Be sensitive to touch or resent normal handling.
- Become grumpy and snap at you.
- Be quiet, less active or hide.
- Limp or be reluctant to walk.
- Become depressed and stop eating.
- Have rapid, shallow breathing and an increased heart rate.
If you find something that seems worrisome or the odd behaviour continues, see a vet immediately to diagnose the problem.
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