Hiding pain for as long as possible lies in the primal instincts of the dog. His ancestor, the wolf, can not afford to show pain. This is a sign of weakness in the animal world and, in the worst case, would cause the affected animal to be excluded from the pack.
This behavior is still pronounced in our domestic dog. He shows pain only when he already suffers greatly. For this reason, it is so important that dog owners always pay attention to signs of pain and illness. This avoids unnecessary suffering and allows you to go to the veterinarian on time.
What to look for?
There are a few things that dog owners should look out for. The following indicators are used to identify the first signs of pain in dogs:
What changes should dog owners make aware of?
If the dog is in pain, the owners often already notice this in the walkway and posture.
The animal is often stiff or shaky, under certain circumstances trembles. If even the tail is trapped between the hind legs, the head hangs down and the ears are on, that is a clear indication of malaise of the dog. In the gait, especially disorders of the musculoskeletal system are noticeable. For example, there is a limp, limping or a restraint while walking.