Knowing whether your dog is in pain and understanding what you can do to help manage that pain are important steps to keep your pet healthy and happy.
Identifying pain in your dog
Sometimes, caring for your pet would be so much easier if they could just tell you, in words, how they feel or what they need. Unfortunately, the way pets communicate with us is not quite as obvious as that. But when you know what to look for and how to "read" their behaviour, it's easier to understand what may be going on with your pet and when they need your assistance.
It can be difficult to recognise the signs of pain in dogs, especially in some breeds. Paying careful attention to changes in your dog's behaviour and appearance can help identify whether your pet is experiencing pain.
Managing your dog's pain
If your dog has a painful condition that has been diagnosed by a veterinarian, there are a number of things he or she may advise you to do to help relieve the pain. Whatever the source of pain, here are some of the simple steps your vet may suggest you take to ensure your pet is comfortable and enjoying the best quality of life possible.
Maintaining your dog's health
Whether you're dealing with a pet in pain or a healthy dog, there are a number of healthcare tips you can follow to help keep your pet healthy and happy.
This brief quiz could help you recognise signs of pain in your dog.