I hate that I can't communicate with my pups. There is so much I would tell them, like, "I didn't mean to step on your tail, I would never purposely do anything to hurt you!" and "We are only going on vacation for a few days. I promise we aren't abandoning you." More importantly, I really wish they could tell me when something's wrong. Though they may never have the gift of language, here's how dogs tell you they're in pain... and, more importantly, what you should do about it.
If you notice any of these signs that your dog might be in pain —whether it's as explicit as a limp or simply a nagging feeling that something seems off — it's important to contact your veterinarian. "There are various causes of these signs in dogs, and some can be quite serious," Dr. Emi Saito, VMD, MSPH, MBA, DACVPM, of Banfield Pet Hospital, explains to Romper. "The earlier you catch and address potential signs of pain or illness with your veterinarian, the better your chances are of getting your pet back to a comfortable place." It's much better to call with a "silly" question and find out you don't need to worry than to ignore the potential issue and discover later that something is seriously wrong. Whenever I'm on the fence about taking my own dog in for a "just in case" check-up, I remind myself that I am my dog's only protector. And can you imagine being in pain with no way to tell anyone? It's always better to be safe than sorry.