How do I know my dog is in pain?
(It’s a question I get fairly frequently)….
Here’s a list of things to look out for:
- Decreased social interaction
- Anxious expression
- Submissive behavior
- Refusal to move
- Guarding behavior
- Aggression, biting
- Decreased appetite
- Changes in posture
If you think your dog is in pain, then a visit to your vet is the first priority. Once we have a working diagnosis, then consider what complementary therapies can do to manage your dog’s quality of life – often with reduced or no drugs.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand