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How can I tell if my dog is in pain?

asked 2017-01-09 12:17:46 -0500

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Limping and whining are obviouse signs. They will often act nervous. Excessive tail wagging, licking and sometimes biting when you try to touch them can also indicate pain.

Brianna D.'s profile image Brianna D.  ( 2017-02-23 11:01:52 -0500 ) edit

Lethargy, lack of appetite, crouching, hiding, whimpering, tucked tail are just some signs. Sometimes, carefully feeling the abdomen and touching lightly if the belly seems tense that can indicate there is a problem.

Christine R.'s profile image Christine R.  ( 2017-02-23 11:54:21 -0500 ) edit

Whimpering is a common sign. Others include limping, not eating, growling/aggression, excessive licking of an area, and visual wound.

Stefanie C.'s profile image Stefanie C.  ( 2017-02-23 13:24:48 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2017-02-23 10:52:59 -0500

If your dog is in pain, there will definitely be a huge behavioral change. Your dog might stop eating or drinking and might cry. You will see your dog having less energy as well.

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answered 2017-02-23 13:20:08 -0500

Vocalizing, and panting are huge signs of pain or discomfort. Not eating, not wanting to do much are also signs of discomfort

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answered 2017-02-23 13:28:13 -0500

A dog's rate of breathing may increase due to pain, as well (at unexpected times, other than when exercising). Our dog was breathing heavily/quickly and acting nervous/aggressive to other animals due to pain.

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answered 2017-02-23 13:36:28 -0500

A dog will show he's in pain by yelping, panting heavily, pacing, won't settle down, and acting lethargic. Sometimes they will also stop eating.

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answered 2017-02-23 13:22:59 -0500

Limping, licking, scratching, drowsiness/lethargy, whining, or other behavioral cues may let you know. If your dog isn't eating or drinking like usual it's a good sign something is off.

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answered 2017-02-23 13:31:01 -0500

It all depends on what kind of pain the dog is suffering from. Anything that is out of the ordinary should be alarming enough to look into it a little deeper. It could be a changed behavior, a different way of breathing, changed heart rate , not being interested in anything etc.

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answered 2017-02-23 13:22:12 -0500

You'll want to look for changes in behavior when looking to see if your dog is in pain such as : limping, refusing to move aka mobility issues, changes in posture or changes in breathing. They may even change their eating habits.

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