How to Know If Your Dog Is Dying

None of us are ever ready to say good-bye to our lovely, loyal and furry friend.

This is probably the hardest feeling of human life to say goodbye to someone he loves, he adores and cares.

A pet, after being with us for a long time, becomes an integral part of our family. So, when it reaches its dying stage of life, it becomes very hard for us to say good-bye to our adorable pet. But, we have to accept and move on as it’s the law of nature.

Among all the sadness of saying bye to our dog, a matter of hope is we hardly have to say goodbye to our pet at once. Usually, we get time to love and take care of our dog at the last stage of its life.

Because it is relatively rare for a dog to die suddenly without showing any warning signs. It’s much more likely that your dog will give you certain clues and symptoms that it is nearing the end of its mortal life.

In the following section, we have discussed some symptoms of a dog’s dying period. Going through those, you will get a clear understanding of when your dog is going through its dying phase. And once you got it, you can manage more time from your busy schedule to make your pup’s last days memorable.

Symptoms of A Dying Dog

There are some common signs and symptoms of a dog irrespective of breed when it is going through its last chapter of life, some of those symptoms are discussed below.

  1. Loss of Appetite

Mealtimes are surely the favorite time of the day for the dogs. They enjoy every bite of their meals. All over the day, they eagerly wait for that time. Even if your dog isn’t that foodie, you will notice such behavior in your dog too. But when a dog is passing through its dying period, it feels less appetite. It can’t finish its meal, sometimes takes half, and sometimes even less than half of the served food.

  1. Lethargy

Dogs are known for their playful and cheerful attitude. A healthy dog always wants to keep itself busy. But it becomes slow down year after year, basically when it is going to the ultimate part of its life. At this time, a dog cannot bring its cheerfulness that it had even a year back. You will notice that it is lying in a single place most of the time.

  1. Vomiting

Vomiting is a common sign that can occur for many reasons, like motion sickness, infections, virus or other reasons. However, when a dog is in its last phase of life, it starts continuous vomiting. Because at the old age a dog’s digestive system is about to shut down and it can’t digest even the nutritious foods. And this undigested food in the stomach causes nauseated that finally leads to vomiting.

  1. Balance Issues

A dog is good at walking and even better at running. It can walk and run around with perfect coordination and doesn’t face any issues with its body balance. But the things go wrong when the dog becomes older. In its old age period, a dog loses its sense of coordination and faces balancing issues during the walking.

  1. Social Detachment

When a dog is constantly going through different types of health issues, at the same time don’t get proper nutrition because of the weak digestive system, it loses its mental soundness and prefers to be solitude. Rather than playing and having fun with family members, it isolates itself from all kind of social attachments.

  1. Restlessness

Like other animals, a dog also loves to have a tight sleep. An average dog sleeps for about 12 to 14 hours a 24-hour cycle. But at the dying phase, a dog can’t sleep even if it wants. You already knew that because of lack of appetite and vomiting it becomes very weak, still, it can’t sleep. It feels discomfort in any position.

  1. Bad Skin

Almost all the parts of a dog’s body are covered with soft fur, and if the owner takes care of this fury skin, it looks silky and smooth. Nevertheless, there is a time in every dog’s life when even intensive care can’t ensure the smoothness of the dog skin. Because of dehydration in the later age of a dog, its skin beauty decreases day after day.


Above mentioned symptoms are just a few among many other symptoms that can be visible and noticed when a dog moves to its last phase of mortal life.

However, sometimes this kind of health irregularities you may notice in any age group of dogs, and sometimes they might be the signs of other cure-able diseases. So, it will be the best practice to regularly be in touch with your vet for any kind of treatment and suggestion.

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