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How Can You Tell If Your Dog Is In Pain

Dog Pain Relief

Dog Pain Relief

It can often be very difficult to determine if your dog is suffering from extreme discomfort as he’ll hide it from you as much as possible. However there are certain signs and behaviours that are an indication that your dog may be hurting, so how can you tell if your dog is in pain? Read on…

Mobility issues

Look out for limping as this is a sign that the leg hurts when he puts weight on it, and you may notice him walking around less. If he’s having a problem getting up or down, or shows a reluctance to walk upstairs for example this is another indicator. Changes in posture can also be an evidence of pain.

Excessive grooming

If your dog starts to lick an area he hasn’t focused on before it could be a sign that this is the source of the pain, and he hopes that cleaning and caring for the envisaged wound will help. Eye pain is indicated by the licking of paws followed by the rubbing of the eyes.

Behavioural changes

If your normally friendly dog starts to growl, pin back ears, and even biting you know there is something bothering him. Your dog is simply going into protection mode and is scared that you’re going to hurt him. Other dogs may be all over you, constantly seeking affection. Changes in sleep, restlessness, vocalisation, and toileting habits are all behaviours associated with pain.

Lack of appetite

Your dog won’t feel like eating if he’s in pain and this could be quite a dangerous symptom. If your dog is suffering from mouth pain he may drop the food whilst he’s eating.

Altered breathing

If your dog is panting consistently, especially in cool weather this could be pain-related, or stress-induced caused by any pain your dog is experiencing. Fast or shallow breaths can be signs that breathing hurts.

Causes of pain

Acute pain can cause your dog’s heart to beat faster, a raise in blood pressure, and breathing to speed up. Once you notice any abnormality in temperament it’s a warning sign that something isn’t right. The first step you need to take is to see your vet. There are many reasons your dog may be in pain and these may be diagnosed as:

Injuries from accidents
Degenerative diseases
Dental problems

Dog pain relief

After consulting with your vet your dog will be prescribed the appropriate cause of treatment. This could be a course of anti-inflammatories, flea and worming treatments, or even surgery. Natural dog pain relief can have successful responses when used alongside conventional treatments, and your vet may advise complementary treatments for the control of pain including acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic methods.
Laser therapy can help speed up the healing time of stitches and incisions after surgery, and help with arthritis and reduce pain from nerve damage. Hydrotherapy can be very effective in promoting muscle recovery after injury or surgery and helps reduce inflammation caused by arthritis.

Keep your dog fit and healthy

Everyday pain can be prevented by regular activities and exercise which keep joints and limbs flexible, and weight at a healthy level. Exercise at a steady and regular rate is the way to go! Spotting ant dental issues early makes them easier to treat, and reduces the risk of abscesses and dental decay. If in any doubt about your dog’s health just get in touch with your vet at the earliest opportunity.
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We are available to help you with home euthanasia for your pet

In order to safeguard you and our vets and to comply with Government regulations there are some requirements you should be aware of and agree to before we confirm your home visit:
1. If the gentle euthanasia is indoors, only one person can be present during the vet’s visit, other family or friends should say their goodbyes before the vet arrives at your home
2. There should, at all times, be a two meter distance between the family member and the vet.
3. Our process involves sedation, you will be able share closeness with your pet after the vet has given the sedative
4. If you are able to be in your own garden, this greatly reduces the risk of contagion and it may be possible to be more than one person to be with the vet, our vet will advise you.
5. We are doing all we can to ensure there is closeness, care and compassion during the gentle euthanasia home visit. A peaceful goodbye is so important at such a sensitive and emotional time
6. Please follow any guidance our vet may give you, it is given to ensure everyones safety and well-being
7. Thank you for your understanding and consideration in these very difficult and challenging times.