Types of Pain Dogs can Experience

Dogs can experience many different kinds of pain.  As an owner you should be aware of these so you can quickly take steps to relieve your dog’s pain. Here are five areas where dog’s often experience pain and what symptoms to look out for.


The stomach is a common source of pain in dogs.  Dog’s with upset stomachs often act painful and often vomit.  Other conditions include a twisted stomach and bloat which are especially painful conditions seen commonly in larger breed dogs, like Great Danes.  One sign of this is retching, which is non-productive vomiting.

Skin Inflammation

Inflammed skin is often very painful.  One of the most common manifestations of this in dogs is called a “hotspot.”  This is an area of intense inflammation that is often so irritated that dogs want to chew it, causing more self trauma to the area.  These lesions are often located on the front leg or rear.  Dogs that have hotspots will chew the area very intensively.


Orthopedic pain can come in many forms but the two most common ones are knee and back pain.  Torn knee ligaments will often make a dog limp.  Similarly, a back problem, like a spinal disc issue can be so severe that the dog does not even want to walk.  Orthopedic problems are often the easiest to recognize because they affect how well your canine is able to ambulate.

Urinary Tract

An infection or inflammation of the urinary tract can so intensely painful, most dogs are very reluctant to urinate at all.  Dogs with urinary tract problems often appear to strain when they go to urinate, urinate in small amounts, and urinate more frequently.


Dental problems like broken teeth and inflamed gums, can cause pain so severe that the dog does not even want to eat.  Dogs with dental problems may appear reluctant to eat and might even drop food out of their mouths.

These are just some of the areas that your dog experience pain in.  If your dog is currently experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian right away.