Is Your Dog In Pain Without You Realizing?
A dog that is feeling pain can often be highly unpredictable.
When you handle a dog in that you suspect to be in pain, you
should always proceed with great care.
If your dog has been involved in an accident, he may be badly
affected by shock as well as pain. Even the most laid back dog
may bite under these circumstances.
If he has the misfortune to be involved in an accident, always
bear in mind that he will be in shock and distressed. It is
important to consider this when handling him to avoid being
?If he runs away, try to catch him, but do not chase after it
if possible. Once the dog is distressed, avoid crowding around
him. Instead, crouch down and speak soothingly to him in a quiet
voice to reassure him. You must not give him any reason to
?See if he will allow you to stroke his head, and then gently
take hold of his collar, talking in a soft voice throughout. If
you startle him, then he's likely to react aggressively.
?He may be trembling as the result of shock and possibly the
pain of any underlying injury. This is quite normal.
?Do not try to examine him at the roadside. Instead, take him
to the local vet's surgery, so that he can be thoroughly
examined. Lift him up very carefully, in case he reacts
?If he's not wearing a collar, loop a tie or even a pair of
tights to form a temporary lead. Dogs that appear seemingly
unhurt may be masking serious injuries.
Dogs are relatively stoic in terms of dealing with pain: pain
would have left their ancestors vulnerable to attack, so
suffering in silence may be instinctive behavior for him.
It's always important to observe him if he appears to be in
pain as closely as possible to try to locate the source of the
If he pays particular attention to one area of his body by
licking or scratching at it, you should consult you vet.
Other signs of pain to be aware of include limping, excessive
panting, aggression when touched, and changes in behavior with
no apparent cause.
Arthritis is common in older dogs and you may have to watch
for subtle changes over time such as reluctant to go for a walk,
and any difficulties getting up from a lying position.
Amy Howells is the owner of a website dedicated to teaching
you the short-cuts to dog training.
You can also sign up to a free e-course and discover the
astonishing short-cut secrets to dog obedience training
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