Recognizing Pain

Pain, Can You Recognize it in Your Dog

Pain can be hard to detect in dogs. If dogs were able to verbally express themselves they would do so, but both you and I know they can’t. Hopefully, after you read the following, you will be able to learn what signs to look in recognizing when your dog is in pain. These signs can be subtle. Stiffening of your dog’s joints is one sign. When your dog takes longer to get up from a nap and shows discomfort, pain in the back or front quarters is another. If your dog’s activity level has been decreasing rapidly, it finds it difficult to go up or down the stairs, then your dog most likely is suffering pain. Your dog could also be resistant to you touching a part of their body where before they welcomed your touches, this also is a sign of pain.

Dogs that normally are active and playful, then suddenly remain in their bed for long periods of time, begin walking stiffly or perhaps don’t to eat hard dog food, these are all good reasons to ask yourself, “is my dog in pain?” They are all signs to alert you that your dog most likely is in pain.

Joint pain, stiffness, lack of mobility that accompanies pain, arthritic pain, these are not things that your dog has to live with. There is medication your Veterinarian can give you to help with these pains. With the proper treatment, your dog can have the pain lessened or even be totally free of pain, either will leave your dog more mobile and a lot happier.

When a dog refuses to eat its hard dog food but will easily eat soft dog food, check to see if your dog needs a dental cleaning and/or maybe even one or more teeth extractions. Dogs get infected teeth and cracked teeth as well as cavities and these will all contribute to pain when eating hard food.

It is always better to use non-drugs if possible on your dogs if there is a natural aid, such as Glucosamine with vitamin D or fish oils for maintaining healthy joints in mature dogs. Just like humans, their ability to oil joints decreases with age.

If your dog is over weight it will cause more stress on its joints and therefore cause more pain. Putting your dog on a proper diet will help. Don’t overlook slowly providing more exercise for your dog as this also aids in not only reducing the excessive weight but also lubricating the joints.

Each day plan a play time or a short walk with your dog. When it is cold or damp outside, this can be done in the comfort of your home. If arthritic dogs don’t exercise a little each the day they will cease up just like we humans do. . Spending time with your arthritic pooch also helps with their mental health. Just like us, depression often makes the pain greater. Make sure your dog has a soft, warm and dry bed to lie down on. Place the bed in a warm area of the house for greater comfort. Our 14 yr. old Chihuahua found it comforting have her bed in the kitchen as closeness to the family gave her great comfort. If you can place heat on the arthritic area, use a heating pad, it will help with blood circulation and it will also add to your dog’s overall comfort.

Six ways to can make your dog feel more comfortable when joint pain is present:

1. Make sure the surface of the floor they need to walk on is not slippery.

2. Provide your dog with a warm, dry, soft bed to sleep on.

3. Provide a ramp to any area they might have to other wise jump on to.

4. Adequate exercise during the day time.

5. Control your dog’s weight, making sure they are not over weight. Feel their rib cage and allow for a tiny amount of fat. If you can’t feel their rib cage but can feel fat, then they are over weight.

6. Two to three times a day gently massage the painful area, this not only aids your pet physically health but also gives you and your dog one on one time and helps your pet emotionally.

All of life’s creatures need understanding, love and compassion especially when in pain.