Stop, look and listen – Is your dog trying to tell you something?

Dogs are naturally inclined to hide their pain. It’s up to us to take regular moments to stop, look at their behaviour and body, listen to what they’re trying to tell us and act.

Signs of pain often include limping and yelping, so if our dog doesn’t have these behaviours then we can easily assume that they have no pain. However, there is a LOT more to pain behaviour than limping and yelping. 

signs of pain in your dog

Subtle signs your dog may be in pain. 

There can be subtle changes like a bit of morning stiffness, starting to slow on walks, distancing themselves from people and other dogs (less likely that their sore spots will be hurt), changes in aggression (which can be more of a defence mechanism because they are in pain) and changes in appetite. 

angry dogs

If your dog has recently become more aggressive towards other dogs, ask your vet if it could be due to pain!

I recently completed my CAMadvocate Level 1 course and I’m so excited to be sharing their resources. They are in the UK and I love their passion to help senior and arthritic dogs. You will be hearing more about them in the coming weeks. 

CAM Advocate Level 1

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Pain behaviours are tough to identify in dogs but it starts with us as! We need to identify any of the subtle symptoms and then take them to the vet for a pain assessment. Our role in identifying and managing pain in our dogs is paramount. We know our dogs the best and we know when something is “not quite right”.

Here’s to helping your dog live and move well,

Kylie ❤🐾

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