Signs that Your Dog is in Pain

By ADDW / April 12, 2019

Dogs and humans don't share the same language. And sometimes, just looking at your fur buddy won't tell that something is wrong.

We will discuss the common signs which show that your dog might be in pain.  Take not one these, for we never want your fur buddy to suffer silently!

Common Signs

1. Constant Grooming

It's normal for dogs to groom themselves, but if the behavior becomes compulsive and excessive it could be a sign of pain. Pay particular attention if your dog starts to obsessively lick a localized area of his body. Dogs will often lick where it hurts, even if the pain is internal.

From: ​Sit Stay​​​

2. Changes in Eating, Drinking and Sleeping Habits

Dogs that are in pain often sleep more – they may be trying to heal, or it might even be difficult for them to move around and be active. A loss of appetite and noticeable differences in the amount of water they’re drinking are often common symptoms. Difficulty eating, particularly dried food or firm chews, can indicate dental pain.

From: ​Vets Now​​​

3. Difficulty Resting

If your dog is hurting, it can make it difficult to sit or lie down. Because of this, you should check them if you notice they are sitting or lying in an unusual position or seem to have trouble staying put. For example, they might keep trying to sit or lie down and almost immediately get up and move around again.

From: ​Cesar's Way​​​

4. Aggression

Sudden changes in a dog's behavior can indicate pain – and aggression is no exception. If your dog is usually docile and friendly, but suddenly becomes aggressive, there's a good chance that he's in pain. 

From: Sit Stay

5. Withdrawing or Seeking Attention

Some dogs, when they aren’t feeling well, try to keep away from you and may even hide. Others will be all over you, seeking affection constantly.

From: Cesar's Way


Have you noticed one of these signs on your fur buddy recently? Be sure to keep an eye on them and seek professional help! Here's your guide to keep you on track.

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