Everybody faces death, whether we like it or not. We do not want it to happen to anyone we love, and it’s even more true for our lovely pets. The relationship we have with them makes it very hard to face the loss. Losing someone you love is just a forever heartbreak. However, everyone has to accept that life is not permanent. That said, you have to treat people and pets you love the best you can in the present as they are still alive and feel your love. In this article, we are going to talk about the top 6 signals that you should be aware of when your dog is about to pass away. If you know the signs, you will be able to take care of your dog during its last days the best way possible.
How to identify the imminent departure of your lovely dog?
Animals commonly protect themselves by hiding as it is in their DNA. Indeed, the ancient dog instinct will take into effect, and your dog will want to protect itself to not become prey or to get banned from its group. Dogs can die because of being old or getting infections. Many symptoms could arise when your dog is getting old.
For that reason, it can become somewhat difficult to understand exactly what’s going on. The latter symptoms can happen weeks, even months before death. That’s why it is important to be responsible in such a scenario. Eventually, you will need to choose if you want your dog to die naturally or by euthanasia. Since the level of struggle will depend on whether they are sick or not, you should always consider bringing your dog to see a veterinarian when noticing the symptoms below.
The top 6 signals of your dog’s last days and their meaning
You will notice the following symptoms when there is something wrong with your dog. Let’s take a closer look at these symptoms and what you should do if you notice them:
My dog stopped eating food
It is unusual if your dog denies food as eating is its favorite activity. If your doggy is not interested in eating food anymore or throws up after eating, you will need to take him or her to the vet. Thus, the vet can tell you if he or she is about to die or just losing his/her appetite. Sometimes, it might just be bored with the same old food. Try to give your dog a B.A.R.F. (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) meal, which could be helpful.
My dog is exhausted all the time
As your dog denies its food and throws up, it will have no energy and get tired all the time. If your dog doesn’t play with you anymore or rest in unconventional places, then something is wrong. It means he or she is isolating himself/herself socially and physically. What you can do is respect your dog by giving it its own space and by providing comfort. Take note that, even though your dog is not interested in playing with you anymore, it does not mean that your lovely pet doesn’t care about you anymore.
My dog has a hard time moving and getting up
Your pup might be hurt or have inflammation between the bones as he or she gets older as old people do. In all cases, it is important to keep an eye on your friend. You can help your dog by using slings and harnesses to assist with mobility. Moreover, you can also provide him skid-proof flooring.
My dog presents a lack of coordination with everything around him/her
Dogs are naturally and normally alert, but when they reach the end of their lifespan, they tend to not give enough attention to their surroundings. They may not have the muscle strength to move anymore. They usually like to isolate themselves for not being disturbed, so try to respect their space. Nonetheless, your dog could just be dehydrated when he/she loses interest in everything. Taking him or her to the vet is always a good choice if you see that your dog is not coordinated anymore.
My dog lost control of its bladder and bowel
As your dog’s organs begin to shut down, it gets harder for him or her to maintain control over the peepee time, and the other thing. Therefore, it will do its thing probably somewhere in the house. It can also happen in bed. You can help your dog by cleaning its fur more often to prevent sores. Take note that your dog cannot fully control its behavior at this stage. Therefore, please remain calm and patient while you are taking good care of your dog.
My dog is twitching or experiences difficulties while breathing
The last sign your dog could show before resting in peace forever is twitching or having difficulties breathing. He or she could then suffer from convulsions and then the body will get colder as it is about to shut down. You can comfort your pet with a blanket to keep him warm until the time has come. However, If your dog is still young and suffers from these symptoms, you should see a veterinarian as soon as possible, as your dog could be sick.
How to comfort your dying dog?
You can ask for your vet’s advice if your dog should be euthanized or if you should let your 4 legged little friend die the natural way. As the owner, it is your responsibility to not make him suffer more pain. Nobody wants their dog to come to this, but making such a decision might be the best for your loyal and beloved dog. If you want him or her to naturally die in your house and stay with you until their last minutes, make sure that:
- You are close to your dog at all times, providing, caring, and giving attention.
- Continue usual activities as long as they still can do it with you.
- Do not let your dog see new people, places, or pets because it is already difficult for him/her to keep up with normal life, and he or she might be experiencing mental confusion.
- Talk to your vet about meditation to decrease pain if needed.