In 2020, Professor Daniel Mills published a study on the suffering of dogs and cats. He found that enters 23% and 80% dogs with a behavioral problem had one undiagnosed form of pain. This is a study that changes things because it directly affects the way we see and work with cases of behavior. The study of undiagnosed problems refers to musculoskeletal, neurological and gastrointestinal disorders directly or indirectly causing behavioral problems.
Wouldn’t I know if my dog was in pain?
All dog owners know at this point that dogs can be stoic; they can accept what is happening to them and move on. If your dog enjoys everything he does, such as playing, taking a long walk or running, he will have adrenaline and dopamine circulating in his body. Adrenaline is a natural relief and can mask pain.
When it comes to chronic pain, naked dogs walk around not by whining and crying; instead, they tend to express pain by behavioral changes. Thus, the chances that you realize that your dog is suffering from chronic pain or discomfort are slim. Think about it if you have chronic pain like arthritis.
The days when the pain is worst are the days when you are likely to be grumpy, angry, that is, reactive and not in the mood to do your usual activities. Why should your dog be different?
Signs of potential pain
Adjustments to gait and posture
No matter the breed or crossbreed, dogs have the right way to move and the right way to maintain their posture. When a dog adapts to it, we call them abnormal and could indicate underlying pain and discomfort.
Barking, growling, lungs, freezing, reactivity
A common behavioral problem in dogs is reactivity, which is in dogs, people, children, bicycles, and so on.
When a dog can’t bear to be left alone, it can be too sticky or constantly looking for attention.
A care dog is worried about the potential for noise or blows constantly reacting by growling / slamming when surprised.
Reluctant to walk or play
Dogs that once bounced at the door at the prospect of a walk are now reopening the walks or have stopped playing as before.
This is also accompanied by the possibility of weight gain. “Between 23% and 80% of dogs with behavioral problems had some form of undiagnosed pain.” So take care of your companions and feel free to go see the vet to find out more.