When we, humans, are in pain, everybody knows it. We grumble, whine and complain. We go and take an aspirin. We might go to see a doctor. Most importantly, we want everybody to feel sorry for us.
But what if a dog was in pain?
Would they complain and not rest until everybody knew and felt bad for them? Can they pop an aspirin every time they are in pain? Can they hop in a car and see a vet?
How would you know?
And if you were told your dog was in pain, would you believe it?
Our vet asked me to post a survey, hoping to gain a better insight into what would convince YOU that your dog was in pain.
He just recently saw a dog with a definite abnormality to his hind leg. There was pain on palpation of the myofascial trigger points and muscles along the spine. The dog was grumpy about having his butt touched.
He got the clients to agree to try to get some weight off and start a treatment trial for chronic pain meds. But it was quite obvious that they likely will not follow through, as they remain in denial about the presence of pain.
What would this dog's parents need to see to believe there was a problem? What were they expecting to see?
What would you have to see to believe your dog is in pain?
I know you guys are an educated crowd, and likely have signs of pain in dogs down pat. I have prepared this poll for you to participate, and ideally, people you know who might not be as well versed as you are.
Will you help?
I know this is a tricky subject. And it is not a question of how much one loves their dog. It is a question of understanding. Even hubby had to learn that limping doesn't mean "just stiff." It appears that short of the dog crying, people are having a hard time getting the possibility of their dog being in pain into their heads.
How many dogs are out there, right now, suffering, because their loving parents have no idea they're in pain?
And what can we do about it?
Please, take the poll and get your friends and family members to do so as well. Please feel free to comment with your observation of pain in your dog(s).
Please check all answers that you feel apply.
A Word on Pain