Gauging the death of your canine companion beforehand can prepare you and your dog for the final transition. To know more on dog behavior and common symptoms of a dying dog, read on.

Dog Behavior Before Death

Losing pet is never an easy experience for most owners and often the sudden demise of a dog can leave one with an impenetrable pain and an unexplained ‘how’? While death is the inevitable reality of our mortal existence, comprehending the end of your dog in advance can put you in a better position to tackle with the grief and also prepare your dog for the final transition. Sometimes age and sometimes illness can lead our pet friend to part from us. After all, a dog comes with a brief lifespan than humans and thus every dog owner has to counter one such calamity in his lifetime. Thus, it is important to acquaint oneself with some of the most common symptoms that usually give hints of a dying dog. However, at times it gets terribly difficult to gauge the end, leaving one flummoxed. Some of the most common symptoms of a dying dog are fatigue, loss of appetite, passivity and depression. To know more on dog behavior before death, read on.

Common Symptoms Of Dying Dog

  • It is seen that during the last few days of a dog’s life, its energy levels take a dip. Your dog might become passive and lethargic, refusing to move, play or walk. Often you can find your canine companion lying in one position for hours. Remember, your dog is likely to display more and more pronounced signs of physical passivity when the end dawns.
  • Another telltale signs of impending death is sudden loss of appetite. If your canine mate refuses to eat or drink or eats too little for days at a row, know that its end is near. Your dog may refrain from eating or show signs of poor eating during the last few days of its life.
  • Incontinence is another eminent signs of your dogs’ approaching end. Don’t be surprised if your dog gets sudden diarrhea or has bladder disorder and bowel movements, as it is just another common symptom of its closing end.
  • It may not be true in case of all dogs, but most dogs do reveal signs of difficulty in breathing when nearing the end. They may also find it difficult to swallow and show reduced heartbeat towards the end.
  • While it is normal for your ageing pet to show shakiness, most dogs nearing death may experience muscle twitching or mild convulsions.
  • Sudden emotional bursts are common in dying dogs. This is probably the most heartwarming signs to note when your canine mate is nearing its end. It’s a fact that dogs are the most sensitive animals and it is testified that they can often sense their death and reach out for their masters when the end dawns. They may look for comfort in masters’ lap or die in sleep.
  • Sudden weight gain or weight loss in your dogs should be a cause of concern. Most dogs tend to lose or put on weight abnormally during their last days. This rapid fluctuation in weight may indicate grave disorders like diabetes, hypogIycemia or thyroid.

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