A sad reality that any loving dog owner will have to accept one day is the passing of their pet. The thought of saying goodbye to their most loyal companion for so many years is heartbreaking. Inevitably it will come, and recognising the signs that a dog is dying can help us, as their human partners make their final days as comfortable and as dignified as possible.

Signs A Dog Is Dying And How To Support Them

As dogs go through some health concerns or as they age, some changes in behaviour and appearance will show. It will become more noticeable when they are nearing death.

Here are some signs to watch out for with suggested support that you can provide:

Signs a Dog Is Dying: Early Signs

  • Decreased appetite, showing disinterest in food, demonstrating a preference for certain foods.
    • Support: Offer smaller meals and provide what they prefer without compromising nutrition.
  • Lethargy, sleeping more, disinterest in usual activities.
    • Support: Provide them with comfortable places to rest with their favourite blankets and toys.
  • Isolation, social detachment, seeking solitude.Support: Respect their desire for isolation.
    • Approach them slowly and speak calmly.

When your dog is nearing the end, there are additional signs to look out for, and more ways you can make them comfortable.

The Signs A Dog Is Dying: Other Things To Consider

Upon recognising your dog is nearing the end of their life, it’s best to consult your vet and your family. Discuss the best possible options to make this period easy for your pet and everyone involved.

Some options to consider are:

  • Choosing between natural passing or euthanasia
  • Memorialising your dog and giving them a proper send-off
  • How you will tell the family members, especially the children
  • Going through therapy, if necessary.
  • Looking for the right pet cremation service in your area.

Dogs are considered “man’s best friend” because they are precisely that. They are loyal, loving and affectionate. Taking care of these beautiful animals gives such a wonderful feeling to all pet parents.

It is our responsibility to show them all the love while they are still alive, healthy and active and more so when they are about to leave us. Saying goodbye is extremely hard for anyone who has taken care of a furry friend, and it’s also difficult for the dog. Compassion, patience and understanding are what any pet parent should be demonstrating so the dog won’t feel alone while going through this stage.

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