Unfortunately, dogs can’t tell us where it hurts. In fact, they can’t even tell us when it hurts.
So sometimes it’s difficult to know when your dog is in pain. What we do know is that dogs experience pain and discomfort the same way humans do. Dogs display a wide variety of responses to pain:
- They may be violent and vocalize – or be quiet, withdrawn and inactive.
- They may be aggressive when approached, as they try to protect themselves from further pain, or they may be subdued or withdrawn.
- Their ears may lie flat against their head.
- They may lick the affected area
The key is to look for a change in your dog’s behavior. Because arthritis is a progressive condition
that manifests itself over time, the signs of pain become more apparent as the condition becomes
It is important to observe dogs closely for the signs of arthritis, including:
- General decrease in activity or exercise
- Reluctance to walk, run, climb stairs, jump or play
- Stiffness or decreased movement of joints
- Limping or lameness
- Difficulty rising from a resting position
- Lagging behind on walks
- Soreness when touched
- Yelping or whimpering in pain
- Acting aggressive or withdrawn
- Exhibiting other personality changes
If you notice any of these changes, give me or Dr. Couts a call. The sooner the condition is recognized, the sooner your dog will feel less pain and become active again.
I hope this helps.