Dogs have become great companions to many, and most time we could communicate to them through various ways base on training offered to them. But the truth remains that dogs cannot talk. Therefore, they are not able to convey their feelings to their master from time to time. So it is left to you to detect if and when your pooch is in pain so that you can take adequate steps to take care of them.
This article will present to you some signs you’ll notice when your dog is in pain.
Loss of Appetite
It is a known fact that animals in pain will shun food. Therefore, if you observe that your once voracious dog no longer shows interest in food or doesn’t even come close to the food bowl, or leaves behind a generous portion of breakfast or dinner, then it could be that your pooch is experiencing severe pain.
You may have to consult a vet as soon as possible.
If your dog suddenly starts drooling heavily and excessively, it could be a sign of nausea. Diarrhea, constipation or vomiting are also signs of internal weakness, and you should take the necessary steps to alleviate the problem.
Changes in Behavior
You canine companion that used to be energetic and playful suddenly starts spending most of the day lying down quietly in the corner. If your dog starts acting all funny and grumpy, then something is wrong somewhere that needs to be corrected as soon as possible.
An animal in distress usually vocalizes such discomfort. This could be whimpering, barking or groaning. If the pain becomes very obvious when the area is manipulated knowingly or unknowingly, then something is wrong, and you need to find out what it is.
Continuous vocalizing throughout a few hours may call for an appointment with the vet.
If you notice that your dog is suddenly limping, it is a good indication that it is in pain. Limping can be as a result of a muscle strain, a tear in the ligament, a broken bone, a thorn wedged in between the toes or bony cancer.
If the limping continues for up to 24 hours, then you need to visit the local vet as soon as possible. The vet can carry out a physical examination to find out the source of the pain. If necessary, the vet may recommend X-rays to assess the soft tissues as well as the bone structure of your pooch’s body.
Have you noticed the missing sparkle in your favorite pet’s eyes? Are the eyes dull and seemingly uninterested in the goings-on around the area? Then something is amiss, and you need to find out what is wrong real quick before it gets worse.
The bottom line in all these observations is that you should always be in tune with your canine companion. You are the best judge of your pooch’s behavior and the foremost authority on your canine friend.
If you and the dog have been together for a while, you should be able to tell the way they act or react, how they welcome, what they love to eat, etc. Knowing these will help you in noticing almost immediately if something is wrong.