Is your Dog in pain?
Is Your Dog In Pain?New studies have allowed veterinarians to better know how dogs feel pain and what medicines are best to make them feel better.
“It’s a difficult problem to deal with because most dogs naturally hide their pain...”
Dogs’ instinct teaches them to not show their pain. Their natural survival techniques have misled experts and made them think dogs can’t feel pain like we humans can.
New research has shown dogs feel just as much as we do -- they just don’t tell us. Dogs are strong animals that choose to hide their weakness. In the past, if they had shown any signs of pain they would have been attacked by other packs of dogs or other types of animals.
We forget dogs are tough animals designed to survive anything. Thousands of years have programming have taught them the best way to deal with pain is to hide it.
Only in the past few years have we realized the canine nervous system is extremely close to the human one. They feel all the pain we do, but they never show it.
What exactly is the thing we call “pain”?
Pain can vary from a one-time injury to long-term conditions. It’s best described as “An unpleasant feeling that is conveyed to the brain by sensory neurons. The discomfort signals actual or potential injury to the body.”
“Pain is difficult to define and its quality almost impossible to describe.”
The nature and subjectivity of pain make it hard to measure. It’s hard to put on a scale for humans because some people have experienced much harder injuries than other.
It’s even harder with dogs! They are naturally taught to not show pain so that they aren’t viewed as weak and easy targets. So it can be difficult to know how much pain dogs are feeling. How dogs show their pain can be completely different from breed to breed, and even dogs that were from the same litter.
Remember: just because your dog isn’t whining or limping -- doesn’t mean he isn’t hurt. Think about it this way, if whatever happened to him would cause you pain, it probably causes your dog pain too.
How To Tell If Your Dog Has Pain
There are times when it’s pretty clear your dog is hurt: after a very visible injury or surgery.
Most of the time, it can be hard to tell how our dogs are feeling, so we have to pay detailed attention to all of their behaviors.
If your dog is in pain, he will start acting slightly different. Little signs are often the only way to know how your dog is really feeling. Pay attention to things like not wanting to play, avoiding movement or climbing the stairs, or just sleeping more than usual
Tiny signs and changes in behavior can show your dog is feeling huge amounts of pain.
Think about Arthritis, it pains older dogs and stops them from getting up after sleeping or lying on the floor. It is uncomfortable and hurts them a ton -- but they still don’t complain.
No matter how well your dog tries to hide pain, here are a few ways to tell how he is feeling. Remember, all of these should be counted as an abnormal behavior if your dog starts doing one of these things he is probably in pain.:
- Crying, whimpering, or any other random noises
- Being lethargic, tired, silent, reserved.
- Being abnormally aggressive when someone gets close to them (trying to stop you from touching them to not feel pain)
- Random shivering
- Random panting
- Both shivering and panting at the same time
- Pushing their ears so they’re pressed against the head
- Repeated licking of one area
- Starts eating less
- Avoids playing, going up the stairs, running, or jumping.
- Repeated abnormal scratching or digging on furniture, the ground, or the floor.
- A limp or a stiff walk
- Being slow when walking
- Personality changes
- Abnormal behaviors when touched
- Standing hunched over
Always take your dog to the vet. Conditions such as rotten teeth can cause huge amounts of pain, but almost never have visible signs. Regular examinations are the best way to protect your pet.
How to manage your Dog’s pain
Pain sucks. It takes away all of your dog’s comfort, causes nausea, and causes healing to take longer. Your dog is already sick, and pain makes him even weaker.
It’s better for you and your pet to prevent pain instead of dealing with it whenever it shows up. Caution and early detection keep your dog happy and healthy.
If your dog is feeling sharp pain, get him away from any noise and see if you can find where the pain is coming from. Unless it’s an outside injury, you won’t know what the exact problem is.
Take your dog to the vet for a full exam whenever you are not sure why your dog is in pain.
While it might sound like a good idea, never give your pet human medicine. Whether it’s for pain or anything else, keep it away from your pet unless your vet says it Is okay.
If you think your dog is feeling pain, talk to your veterinarian and see what he recommends. Past illnesses or genetic traits might stop your dog from taking certain medicines. Certain breeds are also more likely to suffer from certain medicines’ side effects.
Remember: all natural pain treatments are also an option. If painkillers are not working, or some side effects are too strong, tell your veterinarian you want to change the treatment or try a natural one.
You are your dog’s representative! They can’t tell the vet about the pain they are feeling, so you have to make sure they have every pain treatment option available.
Finding the pain and treating it early will make all the difference in the world. If you have even a small feeling your dog might be in, take him to the vet.
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