Hi thanks for your response. I have no medical knowledge other than owning dogs for a long, long time with multiple vet visits and what I have picked up from those visits or read. I probably know how to check over my dogs for the basics such as temp, heart rate, respiration rate, dehydration and the basics.
He has had tramadol twice since being home, early this morning and then again today 8 hours later (within the last 90 minutes). I would put him on the pain scale somewhere between 1 and 2 other than the fact he seems ok when resting.
It is difficult to tell if he genuinely is in pain today or if he is just vocalizing - again today he is queit enough when lying on the bed and this is all he really wants to do. He is whining some when he gets up or if he follows us around but much less than last night but hard to tell if he is in pain or just wants something like food/drink/outside but when we offer any of those he doesn't seem to want (unless it is chicken!) and just whines more.
He is much more mobile today and quick enough on his feet when he wants to be - even barking and rushing to front door when the doorbell was rung.
Gums are pink and normal, not dry/sticky and are quick to return to pink from white when pushed etc (sorry not very technical description!).