Whether you have a young pup or your best friend is growing into their senior years, it’s important to know the signs to look for when your dog is in pain. After all, unless they’re yelping, whining or holding up a limb from acute pain, they can’t easily express how they feel and we often overlook the symptoms from the onset of chronic pain.
I recently read the book, Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs by Dr. Michael Petty, DVM and it was so helpful and well written, I just have to share it with you. Since Haley’s a senior dog that’s gone through a ruptured CCL knee surgery and a few other minor surgeries, I know all about acute pain, but I failed to notice some of the gradual changes in her behavior related to her arthritis.
15 Signs Your Dog Is in Pain
Here are the 15 signs of pain that Dr. Petty lists in his book. I’ve noticed that Haley has six of the 15 symptoms.
|Haley’s Checklist – 15 Signs of Pain|
|Reluctance to walk on slippery surfaces|
|Reluctance or refusal to go up and down stairs|
|Becomes selective about what to jump up onto or down from|
|Stands up using the front legs first|
|Pronounced circling or taking time to lie down|
|Running and jumping activities become more limited|
|Places an abnormal amount of weight on the front legs|
|Abnormal wear on toenails from scuffing|
|Unwillingness to initiate play or other social interactions|
|Aggression toward other animals where none existed before|
|Aversion to being petted or brushed|
|Disruption in sleep patterns|
|Stiffness after resting|
|House soiling or reluctance to go outside|
Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that our dogs get older and they’re going to experience some pain along the way. But after reading Dr. Petty’s book, I feel much more prepared to help Haley going forward. I never realized there were so many different options to help manage her chronic arthritis pain and to keep her active so she can continue to enjoy all of her favorite activities.
The book covers the difference between acute and chronic pain and various causes of pain, but I especially enjoyed learning about the topics below.
Interesting Topics in Dr. Petty’s Book
I also appreciated the chapter on which pain therapies to avoid as well as new pain management techniques to watch for in the near future. Dr. Petty also covers the pros and cons of bringing another pet into the home.
Here’s What I Love the Most About This Book!
We’re all busy these days and most people don’t have the time or patience to read an overly-technical book written by a veterinarian on the topic of pain. I know my eyes would probably glaze over before the end of the first chapter. Dr. Petty’s book is different. It gives you exactly what you’re looking for. He shares his vast knowledge and experience on the topic of pain in an easy to digest format with practical ideas and options to fit everyone’s budget. I’m so thankful that I was able to absorb all this knowledge quickly and to gain a better understanding of the vast options that are available for managing Haley’s arthritis pain. I’m also much more optimistic about keeping her healthy and active!If you have a senior dog or if you’ve noticed any signs from the checklist that your dog is in pain, check out Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs to learn what treatments might be beneficial for your dog. I’d also love to hear your insight and advice if you’ve had a dog with arthritis or chronic pain. Share your thoughts in the comment section below!