Have you ever heard your dog bark and thought to yourself, “I wonder if they get a headache from all that howling?” You are not alone. It turns out, many people are curious about this same question! So, let’s take a look at what the professionals have to say about whether or not dogs suffer from headaches after barking.

Headaches in dogs have been studied for years, but only recently has anyone looked into whether or not barking could cause dog’s a headache. It turns out that it is possible! Dogs are much like humans in many ways, and one of those ways is that they can suffer from stress-related headaches. Just like people, dogs can become overly stressed when they bark too often or for too long. This can lead to tension headaches caused by the strain of all that barking.

But how can you tell if your pup has a headache? Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as asking Fido if he has a headache (he probably won’t answer). Some signs of pain in dogs include panting, shaking, restlessness and loss of appetite and hanging their head or hiding in dark places. If your pup shows any of these symptoms after barking for an extended period of time, then it may be worth taking him to the vet to get checked out.

So, how do you help prevent your pup from getting headaches after barking too much? One of the simplest things you can do is figure out what is the cause of their barking. Check out our Blog: Quick Tips to Help You Stop Your Dog’s Barking for some tips to help your pooch stop barking. 

Make sure your pup is getting plenty of exercise each day so that they don’t become bored and start barking excessively out of boredom or frustration. Additionally, providing them with plenty of mental stimulation through activities like Snugarooz toys for interactive playtime to help keep them occupied and limit excessive barking.

Provide a healthy diet like Health Extension® Pet Food and Chew Treats that can make a difference in the overall health and happiness of your fur baby.  Additionally, making sure your pup is getting enough rest by establishing regular sleep schedules and avoiding activities before bedtime will help ensure your pup doesn’t become overly fatigued which could lead to more frequent bouts of excessive barking. Finally, if needed, seek professional help to train your dog not to bark excessively so they will be happier, healthier and you will be too!               

As pet owners, it's important that we recognize when our furry friends are feeling under the weather and take steps to ensure their wellbeing. While it may be easy for us humans to assume our beloved pets don't experience pain or discomfort like we do, this simply isn't true! Dogs are subject to many of the same sensations as us. So next time your pup has been barking for too long and you're worried that they might have a headache - now you know what signs to look out for! With proper monitoring and intervention from an experienced vet, your dog's headaches should soon become a thing of the past!

January 13, 2023 — Tamara Slaughter-Cerven