What Causes Pain in Dogs?

Dog glacing at bandage on arm.

Here’s an overview of things that can cause pain in dogs.


With age comes certain problems that can cause pain in dogs.

  • Osteoarthritis (or degenerative joint disease) is a very common cause of pain
  • Obesity – can lead to diabetes, heart disease and joint problems
  • Heart problems – congestive heart failure is a common form of heart disease
  • Cancer – watch out for bumps and lumps
  • Kidney issues


There are many conditions and diseases that cause pain in dogs. Here are just a few:

  • Arthritis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Bone cancer
  • Periodontal disease
  • Intervertebral disc disease


  • Hit by a car
  • Bitten by another dog
  • Eye trauma – corneal scratches or ulcers, perforations and globe rupture
  • Ingesting foreign objects – e.g. broken glass, corncobs, rocks, sand, shoes or underwear
  • Poisoning– from human medications, household chemicals, common foods and plants
  • Back problems – typically in smaller dogs with long backs that jump off things
  • Cruciate ligament ruptures – torn knee ligament
  • Broken or torn nails – usually from nail neglect


Common bacterial infections in dogs include:

  • Ear infections
  • Skin infection – external signs are usually present
  • Leptospirosis – from drinking stagnant, contaminated water
  • Canine cough – a familiar, highly contagious disease that affects the respiratory system

Yeast infection, the most common type of ear infection in dogs, can also be painful.


Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be used to reduce and manage pain in dogs. Some NSAIDs specifically help with stiffness, joint pain and swelling. Find out more about pain relief for conditions such as osteoarthritis.

Related Articles

What Are The Signs & Symptoms Of Pain In Dogs? Read Now

How To Manage Pain In Dogs Read Now

previous arrow
next arrow
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
error: Content is protected !!