No one wants to see their dogs in pain. But dogs can’t communicate with words when they’re hurting, and they may often not understand it themselves. Here are 15 signs that your dog may be in pain.
- Difficulty going down or up stairs, especially if it was once easy for them.
- A more limited ability to jump or run.
- Unusual signs of wear or damage to nails and claws.
- Sleep pattern disruptions, whether due to odd sleeping hours, an inability to sleep, or excess sleeping.
- Accidents in house-trained dogs.
- The act of lying down looks more difficult for them than it used to be.
- A sudden dislike of being brushed, petted, touched, or handled.
- A lack of or decrease in appetite size and/or frequency.
- A new reluctance to walk through surfaces that are slippery, even when they had no problem with that before.
- Standing – or trying to stand – with their front legs first.
- A lack of social interest or a disinterest in initiating or joining play, especially from usually cheerful and friendly dogs.
- Stiffness in motion.
- A new pickiness about what they will or won’t jump onto or down from.
- Aggression in dogs that were previously not aggressive.
- An odd stance caused by placing excess weight onto their front legs.
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