80% of Pit Bulls Over 8 Have This Painful Issue, But Hide It From Their Owners

Just the thought our Pit Bulls suffering silently from hidden pain breaks the heart of any dog parent. Sadly, research shows that 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 8 are suffering from some kind of joint pain.

And while we humans have the ability to reach for pain meds and talk to our doctor about symptoms, are precious pups do not. In fact, dogs are quite good at keeping their joint pain a secret.

Why do dogs hide signs of pain? 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:

Top 6 Signs of Joint Pain in Pit Bulls
#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.

#3 – Limping: Often arthritic dogs experience limping right after getting up from lying down. The limp may not last for long, and might only occur a few moments after getting up.

#4 – Decreased energy: If your dogs overall energy has taken a turn for the worse, they may be feeling the pains of inflammed joints.

#5 – Irritability: If your dog has become irritable for no apparent reason, they may be suffering from a hidden pain of some kind.

#6 – Increased licking, biting, or chewing: Pay attention to where your dog is licking or grooming themselves. Excessive or unusual attention in one area of the body might be a result of joint pain.