How to Tell If a Dog is Experiencing Discomfort: Tell-Tale Signs – VETCBD Hemp

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 How to Tell If a Dog is Experiencing Discomfort: Tell-Tale Signs

If your furry friend is having issues jumping up on the sofa or even getting into the car, they may be experiencing discomfort. You may be a pet parent to a senior dog that perhaps is suffering from joint issues, or perhaps your best friend went a little too rough at the dog park -- either way, a little limping can be a sign of a lot of discomfort and some big potential issues developing.  

It may be hard at times to spot if your dog is experiencing discomfort, though, especially if they aren’t blatantly limping. Dogs sometimes may not show it, and by the time they do, the condition may have progressed to something far worse than if it were treated earlier.   

Your pooch is usually going to need veterinary help to ease his discomfort, but in the meantime, this guide can help you understand what’s usually going on if there’s discomfort involved.     


Managing Discomfort in Dogs 

Managing discomfort in dogs is challenging, and as with people, your pup may have behavioral changes like aggression, lethargy, lack of appetite, and disinterest in their usual behaviors and activities.   

As a pet parent, it's important to spot unusual behavioral changes in your dog so that you can consult with your veterinarian about possible causes.   

There are generally two broad categories of discomfort that affects dogs: temporary or advanced discomfort. Temporary discomfort is often related to some injuries, GI discomfort or some type of muscle strain. Advanced discomfort can be tied to other more specific ailments or old injuries affecting dogs as they age. Your veterinarian will diagnose discomfort and select an appropriate treatment plan based on the category and specific injury/issue.   


Signs of Discomfort in Dogs

Understanding that your dog is in discomfort is important so you can take action as soon as possible to help them feel better.   

Watching body language and behavior will put you in a better position to know when your dog is experiencing discomfort. Discomfort may not be immediately obvious, especially since dogs have a tendency to hide their discomfort, but here is a list of signs that may indicate your dog is in discomfort:  

  • Lack of appetite
  • Not willing to go for walks or off-leash runs
  • May have slightly increased aggressive responses like growling and hiding
  • Heavy breathing without exercise or activity
  • Vocalization like whimpering when they get up or move
  • Excessive licking and grooming in a specific area
  • Weight loss due to poor appetite
  • Decreased overall activity
  • Distress or unusual restlessness
  • Personality changes like withdrawn behavior and irritability without aggression
  • Biting or pawing a specific area in excess


Veterinarians may treat discomfort with opioids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and other drugs that may be prescribed for your dog is experiencing discomfort.   

When consulting with our veterinarian, this can be an opportunity to ask about CBD and if this is an appropriate supplement to introduce into your dog’s joint health and overall wellness support.   


What Are the Benefits of CBD for Dogs?

As your dog ages or encounters occasional injuries, you may notice that they’re not as active and may have issues jumping into the car or getting on to the couch. If you've noticed that your dog's behavior is out of character, it's best to consult with your vet, even if the signs are subtle.   

One option that may help is cannabidiol (CBD). CBD as a supplement can support their overall health, especially when it comes to joint health and mobility.  

High-quality CBD pet products like our VETCBD Hemp tincture support joint mobility, support normal brain function, help to maintain regular GI health, and help to promote calmness. Studies have also shown that full-spectrum formulas like ours provide greater benefits compared to CBD isolate due to the action of multiple cannabinoids working together synergistically. All our veterinary-formulated cannabidiol products are also triple-tested to ensure no pesticides, solvents, bacteria, yeast, heavy metals, mold, mycotoxins, or foreign materials.    

If you feel that your dog could benefit from CBD, reach out to your veterinarian to discuss your dog's current health conditions, pet meds, and overall eligibility for CBD oil. Full-spectrum hemp oil products from VETCBD Hemp have increased benefits because they include all available cannabinoids extracted from the plant to support your dog’s health and interact with their endocannabinoid system which regulates things like mood, appetite, nerves, memory, etc.   

When choosing full-spectrum hemp oils, you'll be providing your furry friend with a product using all the beneficial components of the plant including cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids that studies have demonstrated work best together.  

Broad-spectrum hemp oil features all the same cannabinoids and terpenes but has the THC removed, versus the .3% or less found in full-spectrum oil (which isn’t enough to cause intoxication). This means that the terpenes and cannabinoids work together to provide decent health results without the THC.  

CBD isolates contain CBD only, and all the other terpenes and cannabinoids have been removed.   

Research demonstrates numerous CBD benefits for dogs. While you may be interested in purchasing CBD pet products, it's important to keep in mind that CBD does not replace a veterinary consult and traditional pet medications.   

Be sure to discuss the benefits of adding a few drops of our full-spectrum hemp oil to your dog's routine with your veterinarian, and help your pet thrive!  


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