Common Signs of Pain in Older Dogs
1. Lameness/limping or difficulty moving
Even the most mindful owner can misinterpret what limping really means. Sometimes there is a belief that because the dog is not crying when they are limping, they aren’t hurting. But consider this – why would your dog be limiting their use of a leg if they don’t hurt? Compare this to when you are limping. Isn’t is because something hurts? Eventually a limp can become a habit if the pain goes away and the dog has been limping so long that they actually forget how to walk normally.
If a dog is stiff when they first get up or they have difficulty moving around, this can be a sign of pain. If a dog “warms” out of their stiffness after moving around for a bit this can suggest that there is some amount of inflammation going on. This is VERY common with arthritis pain and should be treated like any other pain.