Canine Signs of Pain

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Canine Signs of Pain

 

Cats and dogs manifest pain in different ways. Dogs tend to be restless when in pain. They tend to pant, pace and are generally unsettled. Here is a list of signs to watch for if you are unsure if your dog is in pain.

1. Almond shaped eyes caused by pain facial tension
2. Droopy head
3. Droopy ears
4. Tucked tail
5. Does not want to play
6. Lack of social interaction with owners, visitors, other pets
7. Does not enjoy playing with toys or usual activities
8. Subtle lack of alertness (early) gradually increasing to a deep apathy
9. Diminished appetite
10. Body tension
11. Facial tension
12. Accepting treats or food gingerly
13. Lack of interest in walks, swimming, chasing the ball
14. Doesn’t respond when called
15. Worried or sad facial expression
16. Ears pulled back or flattened
17. Eyes wide open to expose “whites of eyes”
18. Avoidance of direct eye contact, when talking to them
19. Lips slightly retracted in a “grin”
20. Whiskers pulled back against cheeks caused by facial tension
21. Uncomfortable when resting
22. Shifts frequently while resting
23. Difficulty getting up
24. Excessive panting (particularly when not hot)
25. Head held abnormally low
26. Shivering/trembling/shaking
27. Unsettled
28. Pacing
29. Difficulty moving after a long rest
30. Difficulty laying down
31. Slow or abnormal gait
32. Limping
33. Hunched back
34. Compulsive licking or rubbing of certain body part
35. Looking at sides or other body part suddenly and/or worriedly
36. Suddenly running away from “nothing in particular”
37. Can’t jump on bed or couch
38. Reluctance to lie down
39. Sleeps in a position that avoids a certain body part from touching ground or bed
40. Purplish tongue colour (not gums)
41. “Guards” a certain part of body
42. Reluctance to touch
43. Reluctance to be picked up
44. Isolating themselves from other family members
45. Disinterested in surroundings
46. Unusual attention seeking
47. Flinching when touched a certain area
48. Unusual aggressive behaviour in an otherwise docile pet
49. Moaning or whimpering
50. Refusal to eat
51. Unable to get up
52. Crying out in pain
53. Clenching of teeth, biting down on an object
54. Howling
55. Urinating or defecating in house, where normally would not happen

If you are seeing these signs, or have concerns of other symptoms, please call 604-854-2313 or please email us at FVAH@live.caand we will help you with your dog’s comfort.