One of the worst feelings you may experience is knowing that your dog is suffering. But, sometimes it's very hard to recognize that something is wrong with your pet.

Dogs are notorious for hiding pain and by the time you realize that your pet is hurting, it typically means your pet is in severe pain. Be your pet’s hero by identifying the signs and knowing what will help your pet.

In this article, ew will shed light on precisely what dogs should be given for pain and why pet parents should keep their fur babies far away from medication meant for human consumption, despite what Google may tell you.

5 Signs that your Dog is suffering

Dogs are known for hiding pain, it's instinctual for them. This is why pet owners should recognize any distress in order for pet parents to help heal their pets right away. But we don’t have mind reading capabilities so here are some tell-tale signs that your furry friend is likely to be in pain.


A decrease in energy level is a first notable sign that your pet is in pain. Pet owners should recognize what is and isn’t normal  in their dog. All dogs a different, but if your pet is usually bouncing off the walls and is now glued to the couch, it is likely a sign that they are in pain or combatting a health issue.


Another sign of pain or distress is biting, including biting themselves or others. A clear indication of pain is when the dog doesn't want anyone near them or touching an area that might be sensitive.


The most visually noticeable sign of pain and distress is swelling. Swelling and inflammation are tell-tale signs that something isn't right, whether it's disease or injury. Pet owners should make sure that they are always keeping a close eye on any changes in their pup's behavior and body.

Your Dog's tail

Another telling sign that your furry friend might be in some kind of pain is their tail. If your dog's tail is usually upright and is now either between their legs or sagging a bit, it's typically a sign that they aren't feeling like their best selves, often due to pain or distress.


Dogs that are experiencing pain will often have dilated pupils or blood shot eyes. Your pup may also have loopy-looking sick eyes (the same way that human's eyes get when we are feeling under the weather).

So know that you know the signs, you must be wondering what are the solutions?


The following over the counter (OTC) human medications are DEFINITE NO-NO's for dogs. Trust us, these medications will do much more harm than good and instead of easing pain will ultimately cause a lot more distress.

NEVER EVER Give your pet:

  • Ibuprofen – found in Advil, Motrin, and Nuprin

  • Acetaminophen – found in Tylenol and many decongestants

  • Naproxen – found in Aleve


If your dog accidentally ingests NSAIDs (of any dose), the side effects can be severe and tragic. Even the mild side effects aren't much worse than the initial distress that you may have been trying to aid in the first place.

Side Effects of Fido ingesting NSAIDs include:

  • Severe, painful intestinal issues

  • Vomiting (with or without blood)

  • Diarrhea (with or without blood)

  • Lethargy

  • Weakness

  • Depression

  • Kidney problems

  • Kidney failure

  • Bleeding of the gastrointestinal tract

  • Liver dysfunction

  • Liver failure

  • Death

As you can see, NSAIDs should never be given to dogs as pain management.