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Our dogs provide us with companionship, loyalty and unconditional love and it’s our responsibility as owners to ensure that the animal care we give keeps them healthy, safe and well-looked after. One question you have to ask yourself as a dog-owner is whether or not you’d know if your furry friend was in pain.

In order to provide pet first aid, you first need to know if there’s a problem and in this blog, we’ll run through a few symptoms that you should keep an eye out for. Animal care professionals are well-versed in spotting the signs of animals in severe discomfort, but are you? Let’s see how many of the signs you’d naturally associate with your pooch struggling to cope with pain.

Signs of Agitation
Just like us, your dog will prefer sitting or laying in a comfortable position, so if they’re having a problem settling, it could be that pain is the cause. Other signs of agitation include more obvious symptoms like yelping or growling during normal handling, so watch out for them and you could spare your dog from suffering unnecessarily.

Grumpy Or Snapping
Anyone working with animals will tell you that pain can have a major impact on your dog’s mood, so you shouldn’t always assume that they’re just having a bad day if they snap at you when they wouldn’t normally. If they are in pain, they may guard a particular area of their body and express displeasure when your hand goes near it. For this reason, you and anyone helping you examine your dog should take care not to get bitten.

Hiding Away or Being Quiet
Another sign that your dog might be in need of some pet first aid is if they become quieter than usual or you find them hiding away. It’s a natural instinct for your dog to hide when they’re vulnerable as they would in the wild, so if you find them secreting themselves away for no apparent reason, check for other signs that they might be unwell or in pain.

Not Eating/Walking
Dogs typically love meal times and going for walkies, so when they stop wanting to do either, it’s a pretty major sign that something’s wrong. It could be that your dog is depressed, unwell or in pain - either way they could be in need of some urgent pet first aid. Obviously if your dog can’t go walking because of a limp, it’s highly recommended to take them to a professional animal care establishment as soon as you can. 

What Should I Do Next?
Should you discover any of the symptoms we’ve mentioned, the most important thing to do is take them to a veterinary clinic or other professional animal care worker so that the source of the pain or discomfort can be identified. If that’s not immediately possible, you should be looking to modify or stop physical activities and keep a record of exactly what is being experienced and when, so that you know what to tell the animal worker or vet when you get to see them.

Animal Care - The Ideal Profession for Animal Lovers
Nobody knows your dog better than you, so you’re the one best placed to spot anything different about how they’re acting. Keep an eye out for anything, including the signs we’ve described in this blog and you’ll prevent your furry friend from needlessly suffering for too long with, whatever the issue is.

Also, did you know that you could use the love you have for animals and turn it into a career? It’s possible to study vet nursing online at a pace that suits you which can lead to a highly rewarding role in animal care. Jobs in animal care offer real stability and security, an interesting and varied work life and a chance to spend all day surrounded by animals!

At Online Courses Australia, we offer online vet nursing courses that can be taken at your own speed, so that you can realise your ambitions as a vet nurse, vet nurse’s assistant or any other role within the animal care sphere. If you’d like to know more about how to get into vet nursing professionally, head over to our website and take a look around. 



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