How do dogs show pain?


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Dogs show pain in a number of different ways, depending on the location and severity of the pain. Since dogs can’t tell us when they are experiencing pain, it’s important to watch for signs and get professional help if necessary. The most obvious way that a dog will show pain is by using vocalization, such as yelping and moaning. They may also display aggression when touched in the area of their anatomy where the pain is localized.

Dogs also show pain when they are experiencing uncomfortable conditions that are externally visible like cuts or skin issues. A dog that is suffering may have a loss of appetite, changes in sleep pattern, decreased activity levels, changes in attitude and disposition, increased aggression or any combination of these symptoms. A dog who is very sick or in a great deal of pain may retreat and hide; they could growl or bite, so it is important to be delicate when dealing with sick or injured dogs.

Whenever a dog is exhibiting signs of pain, it’s important to handle the situation carefully so as not to elevate their level of pain. Additionally, it’s imperative that the dog be taken to a veterinarian for professional help as soon as possible.

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