Dog Pain

THE 25 SIGNS THAT ARE ‘SUFFICIENT’ INDICATORS OF PAIN IN DOGS
This list is an assessment tool which covers the sensorial and emotional aspects of pain.

Being able to identify a set of behaviors can help to reliably detect pain. For each of these signs, they are frequently present in both low and high levels of pain.

PUT AN “X” IN THE BOXES THAT APPLY TO YOUR DOG
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1. Lameness, abnormal gait
2. Difficulty in jumping or moving in a certain way or direction, unable to do stairs
3. Legs splayed out rather than under body
4. Reluctant to move, avoid situations that could elicit pain
5. Reaction to palpation, dislike or intolerance of handling
6. Withdrawn, hiding
7. Sleeping more
8. Playing less. Less interested in going for a walk
9. Licking inanimate objects (can often be a sign of intestinal pain)
10. Overall activity less than normal, moves slower
11. Change in mood, grumpy
12. Restlessness; pacing, getting up and down and adjusting position or place
13. Wobbly
14. Hunched back or sway back
15. Shifting weight off area of body
16. Licking excessively or rubbing a certain area of the body
17. Lower or tilted head, ears in unusual position
18. Temperamental, Yelp or growl when being petted or other animal comes near space
19. Change in form of feeding behavior, type of food preferred, avoiding or decreased appetite
20. Weeping, red, cloudy or squinting eyes
21. Looks depressed
22. Groaning, moaning, grunting
23. Heavy panting, increased heart rate when doing nothing (and it’s not hot!)
24. Hanging or tucked tail
25. Change in toileting habits e.g. not lifting leg, not squatting low, defecating in house drops out
© IVE, Inc. 2016

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