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8 Signs to Tell If Your Dog is in PAIN

There maybe times your four-legged friend is in pain. Unfortunately, dogs can’t speak and let us know when, but they can give us signs they are in pain.  You need to be aware of those signs so you can get help.

Here are 8 ways to tell if your dog is in pain. (Call us, (440) 234-5831, if your dog is showing any of these signs or if you have other questions about your “pup”.)

1. Changes in Daily Habits

  • ​Inappropriate defecating or urinating
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleeps more
  • Decreased appetite
  • Does your pet seem to be favoring one side of the mouth while eating
  • Does your dog have bad breath

2. Self-mutilation

  • Licking incessantly, especially one body part
  • Hotspots
  • Biting
  • Scratching, again especially one spot


  • Whining
  • Howling
  • Whimpering
  • Yelping

4. Activity Level

  • Restless
  • Reluctant to move
  • Trembling
  • Difficulty getting up from a laying position
  • Difficulty going up or down stairs
  • Lying very still
  • Pants excessively when resting

5. Self-Protection

  • Protects a body part
  • Limping
  • Hides
  • Doesn’t want to be held or picked up

6. Grooming

  • Hair stands up in places
  • Coat lacks normal shine

7. Changes in Facial Expressions

  • Vacant stare
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Flattened ears

8. Change in Behavior

  • Acts out of character
  • Growls, bites
  • Pins ears back
  • A normally aggressive dog may act docile, quiet

​If your dog is showing any of these signs, give us a call, (440) 234-5831, to get help.

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