How to recognize a dying dog?

Watching a beloved dog die is one of the hardest things that can happen to a dog owner. When caregivers can recognize the dog’s dying symptoms, they may be able to provide a good quality of life for what time remains.

Some symptoms of a dying dog can be similar to the symptoms of the disease that is killing it. These may include uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhea, low energy levels with an unwillingness to get up and an inability to eat food or drink water.

The dog may show signs of ataxia (an inability to control its limbs) and become severely dehydrated. The dog can become weak and unable to control its bowels and bladder. When trauma is the cause of death, shock symptoms such as a slower heart rate and lowered body temperature may result.

The dog may have excessive bleeding, and its gum’s mucous membranes may become pale and unresponsive. As death nears, the animal can begin having muscle seizures with spasmodic breathing and gasping for air and may become unconscious or comatosed.

Regular visits with your Dog to your local Vet will ensure that any problems are picked up at early stages and hopefully treated if a cure is available.

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