• Why does my dog whine for no reason?

    Your dog could be whining for lots of different reasons. You may need to investigate and see if it’s being caused by any of these factors:

    Being uncomfortable – If your dog is uncomfortable because of joint issues or an injury, you should contact your veterinarian and schedule an appointment.

    Being sick – If you notice other symptoms that show your dog is whining because he or she is sick, it’s time to visit your veterinarian. He or she will be able to figure out exactly what’s going on with your pet.

    Feeling Anxious ­– If something has changed in your dog’s environment — a new home, a change in your work schedule, a new child, a new pet sibling, or any number of factors — stress-related anxiety may manifest itself in the form of whining or whimpering. In many cases, your dog may just need some time to adjust, but if this behavior continues, you may want to schedule a visit with your veterinarian to rule out any underlying health issues.  

    Needing something – Your dog may start whining if they’re looking for you to give them something. It may be attention and a belly rub, or it may be a full bowl of food and water.

    Just because they are bored – If you think it could be boredom, make sure the dog is getting an adequate amount of exercise at least twice a day, which means more than just being let out in the yard. A tired dog is a content dog and a content dog doesn’t whine unless something is wrong.

    Learn More

    If your dog’s whining is related to being uncomfortable or sick, contact your local Banfield Pet Hospital and schedule an appointment with a veterinarian.
    You can also talk to your Banfield veterinarian about our Optimum Wellness Plans. We can build a plan around your pet’s specific needs, but every plan includes unlimited free office visits and early screening for illness.
    You can learn more about your dog’s health by browsing the Preventive Care section of our website, or by reading these related articles.


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