This is what i do when I’m sick & hurting!! 😦
infections, dental problems, arthritis, bone disease and cancer.
Unfortunately, unlike humans, they are unable to tell us where they hurt!
And When they hurt!
You are in the best person to look for the changes in behavior that may tell you that your dog is in pain.
If your dog shows pain signs you should notify your veterinarian immediately.
• Whining (Cage did A LOT of this)
• Howling• Whimpering (oh my he did this really bad)
• Yelping (sometimes I thought he was dieing)
• Decreased appetite (Cage quit eating)
• Withdraws from social interaction (not so much this)
• Changes in sleeping or drinking (Cage could not get enough to drink)
• Lapses in housetraining (not at all)
• Sleeps more (Cage sleept less, and when he did it wasn’t solid sound sleep, he was so tired)
• Scratching a particular part of its body
• Restless (he would continue walking the floors for no reason)
• Reluctant to move
• Difficulty getting up from a laying position (he’d cry when he had to get up after laying down which is why he hardly layed down)
• Repetitively gets up and lies down (OH yeah much)
• Trembling, circling or lying very still ( very much so)
• Seeks more affection than usual ( he could no get enough attention, and it seemed the more he got the more he needed)
FACIAL EXPRESSION: (did not notice this much, DDB have many different expressions.. LOL)
• Grimaces, vacant stare
• Glazed, wide-eyed or looks sleepy
• Enlarged pupils
• Flattened ears
• Pants excessively when at rest (oh the panting was the clue to him being in pain that and the excessive drools)
• Coat lacks normal shine
• Hair stands up in places
• Protects a body part
• Doesn’t put weight on a limb (poor leg hurt him so much, he’d not walk on it, but would chase a ball ok… ummmm)
• Limps (head bobbing while he limped along)
• Doesn’t want to be held or picked up
• Acts out of character
• Growls, hisses, bites
• Pins ears back
• A normally aggressive dog may act quiet, docile
• Hunched, with hindquarters raised and front end down on the ground
• Lays on its side (he always does this)