Signs of Pain in Your Dog: What to Look For

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month and the IVAPM wants us all to be aware of the signs of pain in your dog. It was introduced by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) to educate pet owners on their dog’s well-being when it comes to pain management. Just like people, animals experience pain too. It can be acute or chronic. If you know what to look for, there are options to treat and manage a pet’s pain, such as pain medications, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, laser therapy, and therapeutic massage.

Signs of Pain in Your Dog

  • Not as active as usual
  • Struggling to jump up on couches or beds
  • Decreased appetite
  • Licking themselves/grooming more than usual
  • Not using the stairs
  • Having trouble standing up after lying down
  • Withdrawal from the family
  • Not wanting to move
  • Whimpering, howling or growling
  • Aggressive behavior; biting
  • Chewing on themselves
  • Changes in posture

Knowing what to look for is the first step to helping our non verbal friends feel better. They can’t tell us what’s wrong. We all want to be the best dog parents we can and it’s hard when many of these signs could mean many different things. By just keeping our eyes and ears open and paying attention you will be able to see the potential signs of pain in your dog. Awareness is the key to making it better.

This has been a public service message from PlexiDor Dog Doors. Have a happy, healthy and pain-free September everyone!

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