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Senior Dog Care: How To Read Signs of Pain And Discomfort

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By Jennifer Kachnic, CCMT, CRP. Kachnic is a Grey Muzzle Advisory Board Member and author of "Your Dog's Golden Years"

Jenny and her Saint BernardThe primary form of communication for dogs is body language. It is important for you to learn more about this language, especially if you are caring for senior dogs, in order to understand their changing needs. 

It is up to you to notice the signs and signals that indicate pain and discomfort, as not only will it save your dog from suffering, it is also much more effective and less costly to detect illness or injury early on in your senior dog. Once you master this language, you will see your dog communicate with you and others non-stop.