Managing Pain in Your Senior Dog
Your dog may develop aches and pains from osteoarthritis, dental disease, cancer or other chronic diseases as he ages. Dogs in the wild hide their pain as a matter of survival. Predators will select a compromised animal over a healthy one. Thus your senior dog may try to hide the fact that he is in pain. Look for increased whining, whimpering or limping. There are other, more subtle signs that make it difficult to determine whether your dog is in pain. You dog may exhibit pinned back ears or he may lick one part of his body repeatedly. Eating or sleeping may become difficult for your dog. He may also act very quiet and restless or he may become aggressive. This can be confusing but you should suspect a pain issue if your dog is acting out of character. Make an appointment with your vets Louisville, CO for evaluation and treatment if you notice any of these signs.