How to Tell if Your Dog is in Pain

Dogs feel pain for many of the same reasons as humans; infections, dental problems, arthritis, bone disease and cancer. They also feel discomfort following surgical procedures.

Unfortunately, unlike humans, they are unable to speak to us about when and where they hurt.

You are in the best position to look for the subtle changes in behavior that may indicate your pet is suffering. It’s important to stay alert to these signs, because the sooner your dog’s pain is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he or she can heal and resume a normal, happy life.

If your dog shows one or more of these behaviors and you suspect it may be due to pain, notify your veterinarian immediately.


  • Whining, Howling, Whimpering, Yelping, Groaning, Grunting

Activity Level:

  • Restless, Reluctant to move, Difficulty getting up from a laying position
  • Repetitively gets up and lies down
  • Trembling, circling or lying very still
  • Seeks more affection than usual

Self – Protection:

  • Protects a body part
  • Doesn’t put weight on a limb
  • Limps
  • Doesn’t want to be held or picked up
  • Hides

Daily Habits:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Withdraws from social interaction
  • Changes in sleeping or drinking
  • Lapses in housetraining
  • Sleeps more

Facial Expression:

  • Grimaces

We are proud to be an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association since 1998. We regularly have our hospital evaluated by professionals to ensure we meet or exceed the Association’s high standards for veterinary hospitals. This is our way of demonstrating our commitment to providing quality pet care.

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Wednesday8:30am – 5:30pm
Thursday8:30am – 5:30pm
Friday8:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday8:30am – 1:00pm

For after-hours emergencies, we recommend the CARE Center of Cincinnati: (513) 530-0911


Phone: 859-384-7702
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