Assessing pain in your dog
Telling whether your dog is in pain or not can be very hard especially when you see them every day. Especially in older dogs we may just consider their reluctance to move or their difficulty moving to be nothing more than "getting old". What may look like a dog that is just laying down can really be a dog in pain. By using the following visual aids we may be able to recognize the subtle signs that our pets' are giving us and give them the help they need.
If you would like to see the above diagram as an 8 x 10 PDF click here.
Colorado State University has developed a pain scale that is very nice for assessing pain in dogs. To see this pain scale click here.
It is important to have your dog looked at by a veterinarian if you suspect a problem because dogs are very good at hiding their pain.