As pack animals, not showing their suffering has clear survival benefits. The ancestors of modern dogs would commonly leave behind a member of the pack who was in pain and slowing down the group as a whole. As a result, dogs have learned to hide their pain very well.
Fortunately, there are some subtle signs we can look out for:
#1 – Weight Gain: Obesity is often an indirect sign of joint pain, as dogs become less active due to the pain.
#2 – Difficulty in getting up to greet you: This is one of the most often cited signals. If your dog usually jumps up to greet you or visitors when they first walk in the door, but suddenly stops this behavior, there may be something wrong. Click next to see more…