Because dogs cannot speak to us the same way our friends and loved ones can about discomfort it is up to us as their caretakers to know the telltale signs of pain and discomfort in our furry friends. While this is something that may be foreign to us there are many telltale signs
and cues that we are able to pick up on to begin to diagnose their pain and formulate a way to help them with it.
Here is a brief overview of signs your dog may be in pain, and you may not even know it:
1. Antisocial Behaviour
2. Aggressive Behaviour
3. Changes in Eating, and Drinking (this is often linked to oral/dental pain)
4. Vocal Distress, Excessive Yelping
5. Changes in Sleeping Patterns
6. Unessasary/ Excessive Grooming
7. Trouble Moving/ Lack of Movement
8. Irregular Breathing, Shallow/ Heavy
9. Easily Agitated
10. Anti-Social Behaviour
11. Irregular Posture, Limping/Hunched Posture
12. Shaking Not When Cold
13. Lack of Activity/ Lethargic
14. Generally Depressed Behavior
15. Increased Heartrate
16. Sensitive to Touch/ Not wanting Normal Affection
While this is a brief overview of common signs of discomfort in dogs, there are always more signs and symptoms that you may notice. As a dog lover, it is our duty to know our pets behavior so we can know when their changes are just or if they are caused by something worse causing them pain.
If you see drastic changes in your furry friend's behavior you may want to consult a vet to make sure it is not something threatening such as a broken bone, infected tooth, or pain caused by cancer.
Often when you take your dog to the vet to have your friend looked over they may prescribe toxic, heavy synthetic drugs for pain that could cause an adverse reaction in your dog. A great holistic alternative to these synthetically produced painkillers is CBD which has a laundry list of amazing benefits most of which is its pain-relieving effects.
But most importantly just giving your dog the love, and attention they deserve can be the most beneficial thing you can do for them. Make sure to cuddle with them and give them lots of attention petting them, rubbing them, and just sending them all over good, happy vibes.