Warning Signs My Dog Is Dying

It’s traumatic to lose your dog. Oftentimes, your dog gives you specific signs he is sick and dying. What are those warning signs?

Already sick

Good chance your dog has already been diagnosed with a terminal illness. There are often ways your dog “let’s you know” he is dying. If your dog is already sick and your doctor has warned you he may die, be on the watch out for your dog to exhibit warning signs.

Warning signs

  • Extreme weight loss: This is often one of the first symptoms of a dying dog. If your dog has been losing weight and you’re feeding him the same amount of food, it might be worth checking with your vet. This could be a sign that your dog is ill or even dying.
  • Lack of coordination: Oftentimes, a dog will be unable to walk or move with difficulty if he is getting ready to die. He may be extremely weak, even unable to hold up his head, too. He may fall down when he tries to walk or come to you. Contact your vet immediately if your dog shows any signs of being uncoordinated.
  • Lethargic and fatigue: Your dog will be extremely tired and lethargic prior to death. You might need to carry your dog outside to pee because he is so fatigued.
  • No appetite: If you dog is ready to die, he may refuse to eat. This can be especially alarming because your dog could die in just a few days if he doesn’t eat or drink. If you dog won’t eat for more than a day, contact your vet immediately.
  • Vomiting: Vomiting is another symptom that your dog may be ready to die. Typically, if your dog is very ill, his digestive system will shut down so he can’t keep food down.
  • Incontinent: Incontinence will also occur as a sign that your dog is dying. His entire body is shutting down and all the muscles are becoming weak and nonfunctioning.
  • Confusion: Mental confusion is a common symptom that your dog may be dying. He might growl at you or not recognize you when you approach him. Your dog may try to bite your or family members, so avoid sudden movements towards your pet that would aggravate his confusion.
  • Convulsing, seizures: These are two very common symptoms that your dog is ready to die.

Contact your vet

You should tell you vet about all the symptoms your dog is experiencing. If your vet has already told you your pet is dying, you need to decide what to do. Some owners prefer to take their dying pet to the vet to be euthanized rather than die at home. It’s your decision, but you should weigh the emotional toll it may take upon your and the family to care for your dying pet.

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