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Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: D/FW, Texas
How To Tell If Your Dog Is In Pain
Since dogs don't usually reveal anything but sudden, acute or unexpected pain and often hides or masks continuing, chronic pain, I would like to see the ways to recognize pain from this article on the www.findavet.us websitebecome a sticky or included in the YorkieTalk Library.
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR DOG IS IN PAIN:
Posted by Laura Goldman on May 16, 2012
While there are obvious signs that your dog is experiencing pain – yelping or limping, for example – dogs typically try to hide it. This can be blamed on genetics: A wild dog that appears to be hurting can easily fall victim to predators.
“One way animals differ from humans is they don’t complain about their pain,” Dr. Jack Aldridge, director of Veterinary Services for the San Francisco SPCA, recently told CBS San Francisco.
“They cover it up, acting brave.” Although it may be not always be apparent, there are ways you can detect if your dog is in distress
What are the Symptoms that My Dog is in Pain?
“The first rule is to assume pain is present if it seems logical after an injury, surgery or medical condition that would be painful for us,” Aldridge said. “You watch for the subtle signs: your pet is hiding or lethargic, less active, eating less … your dog shows unusual reactions when handled, such as whining or acting aggressive. Any change in behavior can signal pain and should be checked out by your veterinarian.”
The ASPCA concurs: “Irregular behavior patterns are often the first sign that your pet is ill or in pain.”
Along with the pain symptoms Aldridge mentioned, these are some of the other signals to look for, according to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA):
Hair standing up in places
Excessive panting when resting
Repetitively getting up and lying down again
Continually licking or scratching one particular area
*Shaking or trembling
Call your vet if your dog is showing any of these signs. If your dog has a disease or medical condition, the ASPCA offers this advice: “If you’re unsure of how much your pet is suffering, keep a daily record of good days and bad days. It’s also important to ask your veterinarian for the exact signs of suffering likely to be associated with your pet’s condition or disease.”
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