Why Your Dog is Flinching All of a Sudden

Sudden changes in dog behaviors can be quite worrisome for dog owners. A trip to the vet is highly recommended if your dog is starting to flinch all of a sudden, especially when you get close to him or try to touch him. Here are a few common reasons for the sudden flinching behavior among dogs.

Your Dog is Hurt

Medical causes are one of the first things dog owners should rule out when their pet starts to flinch all of a sudden. Either your dog has a general sickness or has an injury to a certain part of his body. This could make your dog skittish and make him flinch when you get too close.

We would strongly recommend visiting an emergency vet if you dog is exhibiting other concerning behaviors such as lethargic movements and lack of eating.

Your Dog Ate Something Bad

Random and sudden flinching can also be a result of a dog eating something that he shouldn’t have. For example, your dog may have eaten something toxic such as slug pellets or human foods such as onions and grapes. This may result in your dog showing serious symptoms like seizures and drooling. Again, it’s vital that you take your dog to the emergency vet if you suspect this is the reason for the flinching behavior.

Your Dog Has an Abusive History

It’s possible that the sudden flinching is due to the dog having an abusive history. This applies more so with pet owners who have adopted a dog. Your dog might recall a bad experience when you move or approach him in a certain way. This may cause the dog to flinch in fear of going through the abusive experience.

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1 Comment

  1. Carol Chàmbers March 26, 2022 at 4:45 am

    My 8 year old chocolate lab has become depressed. We’ve done the complete blood work up..all healthy a low thyroid and we’ve started medication but she still seems very depressed and doesn’t want to walk when she does walk she’s very very slow. We lost a companion almost a year ago…she travels with me and we have routines.. she’s sleeping a lot and has gain weight…she looks depressed. No interest in other dogs. Very concerned..

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