Dog Pain Symptoms
Dogs feel pain for pretty much the same reasons we, as humans, do. They may have pulled a muscle, tripped and broke a bone, have arthritis, pancreatitis, dental disease, spinal injury, or just a simple infection. The tough part comes with noticing. Like people, some dogs show that they are hurt with a pronounced display of theatrics while others are stoic and show very subtle signs. Signs can range from posture to behavior changes. Take of the behavior as some specific behaviors can be indicative of certain, specific pain, such as stretching the mid section can indicate GI distress, pancreatitis, or gas pain. Not saying this is always the case, that is why you should see a veterinarians opinion but remember what your dog was doing.
I will list some common behaviors that are common to dogs in pain.
Yelp, whimper, groan, grunt, whine.
Change in routine:
Less social, decreased appetite, sleeping more/less, drinking more/less, urinates/defecates in the house
Excessive biting, licking, chewing or focal scratching.
Hesitant to move, Trouble standing/with stairs/getting in and out of car, shaking or trembling, pants considerable more than normal, trouble maintaining a position/restless (up and down a lot) .
Vacant, glazed or wide-eyed, appears tired large pupils.
Dull coat, fur seems greasy and seems to stand up.
Hunched as if trying to defecate, stretching front limbs far out and raising rump into the air, limping or completely keeping weight off of a specific limb.
Does not want to be picked up or held. Seems to defend one part of the body, Lays in unusual areas or hides, acts generally out of sorts, aggressive/pleasant (when normally the opposite), may bite.
As we can see, just about anytime your dog acts out of sorts it may be a symptom or sign of pain, that is why we, as the care takers of our pets, need to watch them. We are their best and first line for help and assistance, should they need it.
By noting the behavior that concerned us and watching them, we are better able to help the veterinarian diagnose and treat them faster and with more efficiency.