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post #26 of 45 (permalink) Old 09-29-2010, 10:45 PM
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When I worked in an animal hospital, I can't tell you how many times people would say "he's limping but he doesn't seem to be in pain." Dogs typically do not fake anything. Why else would he be limping?

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This is priceless info and so humane. Im gonna post this on facebook for all my friends.
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My dog shows pain by a very small wince on her lips. She doesn't move away from the touch. You could easily miss it if you weren't looking at her face. She loves to play frisbee but doesn't know how to catch it. So she waits for it to hit the ground and roll, and grabs it while running by, full speed. I think because she turns her head while grabbing it, it must strain her upper shoulder muscle. That's the only things I can come up with for this shoulder pain. I notice her wince even when we gently touch a certain area. Took her to the vet and he confirmed that small wince means pain and gave her some meds. But she still begs for frisbee. We try to limit it and throw the ball now and then.
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RFR covered it well, but I would re-iterate/add the following:

1. Decreased appetite - this is especially true of cats (and often the only sign), but dogs as well. Surprisingly many dogs with oral pain (abscessed teeth, etc) will still eat just fine -- most dogs don't chew their food all that much normally or they just chew on the other side.

2. Repetitive bowing/stretching. All dogs stretch normally, but it's not uncommon for dogs with GI pain (pancreatitis, GI foreign body, obstruction, etc) to hold a bowed (like they would for a play bow) position or stretch the rear legs (walking forward w/ front legs while rear feet stay in place) repetitively.
For example, when my old girl had her GDV her only sign was that she kept backing up (and her spleen was large upon palpation). She was only torsed 1/4 turn so her stomach did not expand like a typical bloat/GDV situation. Had I not known her behavior was NOT normal, the outcome could've been far different. She had xrays & ultrasound that night and surgery the next am.
Another example - when my cat was so kind as to feed his favorite toy to Isabel and it got stuck in her intestine, she kept bowing and stretching and was really just not herself. Even though her xray was inconclusive, I went to surgery on a Saturday night based solely on her behavior. Good thing, too, as I had to remove 2 sections of intestine. Had I taken the "wait-n-see" approach, she likely would've died.


3. Reluctance to move, walking hunched/stiffly - these are often signs of back or abdominal pain. Sometimes it can be quite difficult to differentiate between the 2. Reluctance to raise the head or look up is often a sign of neck pain - dogs with neck pain often keep their head much more level with their body instead of carrying it up (think Western pleasure horse).

4. inability to rest/get comfortable. The dogs will lay down only to get back up a minute later and reposition and often repeat this several times.

5. Re: panting -- also wanted to add that panting (when it's not hot or after exercise) can also be one of the first signs of heart issues. And the dogs may not be truly panting (open mouth, tongue hanging out), but sometimes just an increased respiratory rate that is not appropriate for temperature or exercise level.
Panting can also be associated with stress and/or fear -- commonly seen in dogs with noise phobias.

Bottom line as others have said -- if something seems off, much better to go see the vet and find out it's nothing, than to "wait and see" and have catastrophic results.
This is an important one, as it can mean life or death. I had only had Nexus for a few months but knowing her as I did and knowing this saved her life when she ate a sock, and she was not acting herself. We got her to the vet in time and they fixed her up, ironically she had a second obstruction 4 months later, in spite of all our precautions and again knowing the signs saved her, which I was thankful for knowing her behaviour so well.
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I hadn't seen this before....wonderful sticky!

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12. Change in pack dynamics. If you have a multi-dog household and suddenly your other dogs are no longer deferring to a dog they normally do, are being overly solicitous of that dog, or they are not interacting as they normally do with him/her, or even picking on him/her, that can be a sign of trouble, pain, or illness.
This is exactly what I have been going through the past while.
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Now that EmilyB saw and posted, I have seen it too!
Great sticky to start RFR!

And believe me, this isn't the only site where owners come on asking for health advice when it is CLEAR the dog should have been at a vet.

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RFR, I know that this is an older post, but I just read it. It's very informative...Thanks so much for taking the time to type this information.
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I've read this before, but I'm glad I reread it, with what has been going on with Elke. Good tips to watch for.
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Signs of pain/Hepatitis

My "forever pup" 6-yr old Baily, was just diagnosed with hepatitis yesterday. Jaundice suddenly appeared in the morning, results will confirm for sure tomorrow. However, after reality sunk in, my very first question has been, when will we know if/when she is in pain. I'm scared I will not know when she has had enough. I can still use a lot of help in this area.

The tears are hard to control as I just realized she has had small signs for a long time...shivering, slight loss of appetite (I thought she became a picky eater), weight loss. She is still acting normal, loves play time, exercise normal and watch out if you say "car ride". However, her reaction is a little slower and mature, now that she is almost 6. Hmmmm, feeling very naive right now.

I can't thank you enough for sharing this information. Our family is very concerned and will definately try treament while watching for signs of pain. Beyond our own selfishness, we want to do what is right for the "best damn dog" we have ever had. This is my second dog ever (dobe's of course), my husband has always had dobe's since he was young, no exceptions

I never knew the heart can grow so fond of a furry 4-legged, melt your heart with a tilt of a head (you know...the funny head tilt that makes you giggle), dog that shows every one of us what unconditional love is.

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Interesting topic, I truly appreciate your good insight about this topic. Thank you guys for sharing!
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3. Trembling/Shivering. Animals will often tremble or shiver when they are hurting. It is important to suss out whether they are trembling from a behavioral situation (assuming no one leaves their dog out in the cold, here) or if they are displaying symptoms of pain.

Well, in fact this was why I took Stormy in for full bloodwork, they didn't have a vet scheduled to see me but I told them to look at her teeth and they suggested followup. Five extractions and you can understand why she might have been trying to tell me something. She was running around here like a banshee tonight.

Pay attention to these signs, they mean something.
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What if my pet is suddenly loosing weight wjthout showing any un-natural physical activity. He plays well and also eats proper diet, still she is loosing her weight. What to do??
Take him to the vet.




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I told them to look at her teeth and they suggested followup. Five extractions and you can understand why she might have been trying to tell me something.


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Thanks for the great tips I will follow that and take care of that for my dogs.

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Hi, brand new to the forum. My 10 mos old Dobe Jake has been limping on his right front leg. It started about 2 mos ago. 1st time it lasted about 1 week then went away. Friend said it was growing pains and it will go away and it did. Well, it is back and he has been limping for 3 days. Not as active as norm. Has had all shots and has been neutered. Very concerned after reading on the forum about "Speedy's" dobe passed from cancer after found limping. has anyone else had this issue with theirs? p
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Hi, brand new to the forum. My 10 mos old Dobe Jake has been limping on his right front leg. It started about 2 mos ago. 1st time it lasted about 1 week then went away. Friend said it was growing pains and it will go away and it did. Well, it is back and he has been limping for 3 days. Not as active as norm. Has had all shots and has been neutered. Very concerned after reading on the forum about "Speedy's" dobe passed from cancer after found limping. has anyone else had this issue with theirs? p
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You'd probably be better served on getting comments and advice on your questions, if you start Jake his own thread in the health section. More folks will see it, that way.

What diagnostics has your vet done with Jake, so far?




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tooth pain can also occur to bite the pain, that is, the harder bite of the toy. bite Helpers said that the bites really hard through the sleeve, does not want to remove.
M1 cracked, tooth inflammation with pus. ate well, bitten trainings well, Removal was sticky.
a small swelling under the eye led to the trail of pain
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