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How to tell when your dog is in pain

Though love is meant to be a universal language, it leaves much to be desired when you try to communicate with a different species. While we don’t doubt the bond between you and your pet, it can be difficult to understand when they’re in pain, as they can’t tell you what hurts and why. Our pets communicate with us through their body language to show discomfort and pain, and it’s important that we pay attention and listen to what they are trying to say. If you notice any of the following in your furry friend, they may be sick or injured.

  • Your dog is louder than normal

Dogs are known to bark frequently at anything and everything that captures their attention, from a ‘woof’ at strangers walking past your property to yapping at the vacuum while you’re trying to clean. However, anything more than the ordinary howl, growl, whimper or whine can be a sign of distress.

  • Your pet is picking fights with you and other dogs

If your dog is being uncharacteristically aggressive toward you or other animals, then It can be an indication that something isn’t quite right. Your dog may be more sensitive to stimuli if they are experiencing discomfort or pain. If this is the case, look out for restlessness and other fighting incidents.

  • They are short of breath or panting intensely

On hot days or after exercise, it isn’t unusual to pant to cool off, but if they are exhibiting this behaviour without any activity to suggest why, then something is wrong. If you notice your pet is panting randomly, then they may be in pain.

  • Your dog is showing antisocial behaviour

If your pet is in pain, they will likely change the way they posture themselves and interact with others. They may hide themselves, reject your displays of affection, or try to protect or paw at certain parts of their body (generally the area where they are experiencing pain).

  • Your pet is struggling to move with ease

Painful conditions and injuries will slow your dog down and reduce their physical activity. A limp, lethargy, or lameness in one leg are also an indicator that something is wrong.

If your best friend is in pain, then you need to take them to an experienced veterinary clinic. They will diagnose and treat the issue before it gets worse and help your pet on their way to a speedy recovery. Trusting your instincts will ensure your dog has the best possible chance of recovery from whatever they may be suffering. Book a consult with Brisbane Pet Surgery today!