End-of-Life Care: How to Make Your Dog’s Last Days Comfortable
It can be so difficult to say goodbye to your dog, but there are things you can do as a loving pet parent to make sure your dog is as comfortable as possible and show them continuous acts of care and compassion near the end of their life.
When Is It “Time” to Put Your Dog to Sleep?
Many dog owners will witness only the early signs of dying and may elect euthanasia. Some dog owners who elect hospice, palliative, or end-of-life care under the guidance of a veterinarian will witness the more advanced changes which often take place when death is imminent.
Many dog owners wonder when it is “time” for their best friend to pass. The truth is, nobody knows this—we cannot determine our dogs life expectancy. We can only make an educated guess based on how the dog is feeling and which signs are being displayed.
Many vets suggest judging a dogs quality of life based on whether or not your dog experiences more bad days than good. There are vets now specializing in hospice care who can also offer quality of life consultations.
Early Signs a Dog Is Dying
10 Critical Signs that Indicates Your Dog is Dying
Theres a subtle difference in a dogs behavior when they are past the point of struggling to overcome illness or injury and are about to die. Learning what happens to a dogs body when they die and how to tell when those final moments have arrived can help you prepare and provide your dog with love, comfort, and dignity as they leave this earth.