How do you know if your boxer is in pain? After my boxer went through a surgery, my veterinarian asked me to monitor her very closely for signs of pain or discomfort. When I asked, "how will I know if she is in pain?" He replied, "she will act out of character." My first thought was I know my girl, so that shouldn't be too hard. While I monitored her closely, I realized it was hard to tell and remembered that dogs usually hide pain (because it is a sign of weakness).
So, I Googled "how to tell when a dog is in pain." I came across very little valuable information. However, I did find a pdf from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) that I felt was helpful.
The article indicated 9 areas with examples to monitor for pain:
After doing a little reading, and in combination with knowing my boxer, I realized I knew exactly what the veterinarian meant. Of course, like people - every boxer is unique and handles pain differently. For my girl, she was panting, pacing and/or standing still staring.
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