Must Love Pekes is a blog for those who love Pekingese, their looks, their antics, their personalities. It is written by me, Linda, and I have been rescuing Pekingese for over 15 years. Lots of them have gone through our home. We have loved them all.
I saw this article and wanted to share it with you. There are more signs than the ones here, but it gives you a good start. This is on the "I Love Dogs" site, link above. I did not write this.
Signs Your Dog is in Pain
Seeing our pets in pain is never a fun experience, and
it’s something every dog owner dreads. Whether it’s a fresh injury or simply our
aging elder-pups, we want nothing more than to help them. But it’s important to
remember that they can’t always cry out to us when in need. Dogs aren’t humans,
so they don’t speak our language. The best thing we can do to keep them
comfortable is to learn theirs. Dogs display their pain in certain actions and
behaviors that may seem subtle to us. Not everyone is a canine behavioral
expert, but these five symptoms below will help you determine whether or not
your loved one is in pain.
Excessive Grooming – It’s
normal for dogs to lick and groom themselves, but it’s not normal for this to
become an obsessive behavior. If you notice your pet tending to a localized area
he’s never noticed before, or has just recently started spending a lot more time
there, it could be a sign that he’s hurting. Pets will often groom places that
are sources of pain in hopes to clean and care for the wound, even if there is
no open wound present. Be sure to keep an eye on the area and inspect it
Heavy Panting – Panting is
normal behavior that shouldn’t surprise any dog owner. Even when the panting is
heavy, certain circumstances allow for it such as extra hot days and strenuous
exercise. But if you notice heavy panting out of nowhere, it could be
stress-induced. This stress could be caused by pain your pet is experiencing.
For whatever reason it may be, unexplained heavy panting should result in a trip
to your veterinarian.
Inappetence – Lack of appetite
is often the result of some sort of discomfort. You don’t feel like eating when
you’re not well, do you? Our dogs don’t either. They simply just don’t feel like
eating, especially when it’s painful to walk all the way over to the food bowl.
If you notice any sort of inappetence in your pet, it’s important to seek
veterinary attention right away, as this could be a symptom of many dangerous
Shyness & Aggression – You
may notice that your dog is starting to become more and more antisocial. He may
stop running to the door to greet everyone and avoids petting. Or you may notice
that your little one doesn’t want you picking her up anymore, or cries when you
do. If this happens suddenly, it’s reasonable to suspect pain as a probable
cause. In some cases, you’ll find your normally overly friendly companion has
become aggressive. If you notice your pup is hiding away and avoiding attention,
be sure to check them for pain. It’s best to have a veterinarian do this, and
it’s very important to remember not to take it personally if your dog does growl
or snap at you. They aren’t necessarily trying to hurt anyone, they just have no
other way to tell anybody it hurts and they don’t want to be touched.
General Behavior Changes –
Besides shyness and aggression, you might notice that your pup doesn’t want to
walk up stairs anymore, avoids jumping and climbing, or doesn’t want to chase
after his beloved tennis ball. There are the obvious signs such as limping, but
it’s important to also watch out for stiffness or arched backs. Dogs in pain
often lay only flat on their sides, rather than curled up in their beds. They
might be slower moving, sleeping a lot more and seemingly disinterested in
things they used to love. Another sign is unexplained accidents in the house.
It’s often very painful to get up from lying down (which you also might notice),
and sometimes pets just aren’t able to make it outside fast enough. Sometimes
the squatting to urinate and defecate is avoided, and you’ll notice that your
pet will start leaving messes in her bed. All of these things can be attributed
to pain – often in our older dogs, but sometimes in our younger ones as
able to identify early signs of pain can lead to a much more comfortable outcome
for both you and your dog. With early veterinary care, you can often start
treatment before the condition worsens, regardless of cause. If old age is the
culprit, you’ll be more aware and educated on keeping your loved one comfortable
and happy through his latter years. By keeping our pets happy, we keep ourselves
happy too. And there’s nothing more important than sharing a peaceful,
lighthearted life with our best friends.