How To Comfort a Dying Dog: 10 Simple Tips

How To Comfort a Dying Dog
How To Comfort a Dying Dog

As a dog owner with many years of experience, I will be discussing the question of how to comfort a dying dog just to share my experiences.

I have lost two dogs during which a started documenting ways I cared for and comforted, so I will be sharing my thoughts.

It’s never easy to say goodbye to your beloved canine friend, even though it’s a normal part of life.

You’ll want to make your dog as comfortable as possible at this time of life.

The comfort you provide throughout this potentially terrifying time will ease your dog’s transition and provide you with rest of mind.

How To Comfort a Dying Dog

Here are some common ways to comfort a dying dog you should know:

1. Provide a calm and quiet environment

As you strive to spend the final hours of your dog’s life meaningfully and compassionately, your home should be calming.

Noise and disturbances around the house will only add to your stress and that of your dog.

Provide a calm place for your dog away from other pets or kids who are very noisy.

You may also use a natural soundtrack with birdsong and running water to help you relax.

2. Provide water close to your dog to avoid dehydration

Dehydration may make a dying dog feel uneasy and ultimately result in a painful death.

Even in the dying hours, hydration is critical to keeping your dog comfortable. 

So your dog doesn’t have to get up to drink, provide a dish of water near the dog bed.

If a little piece of skin at the back of your pet’s neck remains up like a tent and is stuck together, he or she is dehydrated.

If the skin, on the other hand, pops back into place, your pet is hydrated. Dehydration should be avoided at all costs.

3. Provide a comfortable bed and blanket

Consult a veterinarian for advice on the best soft bed to buy for your dying dog. You also provide blankets.

If your dog is chilly or has difficulty regulating his body temperature use the blanket to keep him warm.

Since senior dying dogs are more prone to pressure sores, provide extra padding for them to make them more comfortable.

Choose a location that is easy to clean and bedding that can be washed afterward, in case of potty accidents.

You may also use a heater in the area to help your dog be more comfortable if he becomes cold.

4. Provide smaller meals at regular intervals

Prepare a tiny portion of your dog’s favorite food and feed it to him at regular intervals.

If your dog has always had a favorite food, prepare some for him in case he becomes hungry.

But, because it is usual for dogs to lose their appetite as they age, don’t force your dog to eat if he isn’t hungry.

Solid food may irritate your dog’s stomach at the end when various digestive processes begin to shut down.

If your dog still wants to eat, but conventional food upsets his stomach, consider combining food with water to make it simpler for him.

5. Pet your dying dog in calm words

Use a calm, comforting, and soothing tone while your animal pet is dying. These tones will show affection and compassion.

Call the dying dog-loving names and other things you’d use for positive reinforcement to reassure him that everything is fine.

Reassure your dog that he isn’t alone by speaking in gentle, soothing tones and providing him with plenty of light pets.

If you want to be sure you’re there for the dying moments, you can sleep in a sleeping bag next to his bed for the final nights.

6. Remain calm and patient with your dying dog

Dogs are highly sensitive to your emotions, so expressing rage or annoyance about a situation over which they have no influence may be unsettling to them.

If your dog is grouchy or irritated as he approaches the end of his life, please be patient and give whatever extra comforts you can at home.

If their lack of bowel control is becoming too much for you to handle, consider putting them in pet diapers.

Joint and muscular disorders are prevalent in older dogs, and they might feel upset by their discomfort and limitations.

Always remain calm and patient with your dog till the end.

7. Reduced your dying dog’s pains with pills

Because the majority of dying dogs are in agony, it is advised that you speak with your veterinarian about providing pain treatment medicines.

If your dog still has time and you’re concerned about discomfort in the latter stages, speak with your veterinarian about pain treatment alternatives for the final days.

Excessive panting or gasping for air, as well as a reluctance to move, are signs that your dog is in discomfort.

Don’t push medications down your dying dog’s throat; it’s preferable if the medicines are given to him in liquid form or through injection.

8. Keep your dying dog close as much as possible

At a moment when they are feeling vulnerable, some dogs may seek comfort and warmth from their pack leader.

Respect your dog’s wishes, whether they be for friendship or isolation.

However, keep a tight eye on them at all times and make sure they have all they require.

Dying dogs may lack the stamina to go to the bathroom on their own, forcing them to lie on a urinated blanket and risking pee burn on their skin.

To avoid this, change their bedding often and take them outdoors to the bathroom on a regular basis.

9. Avoid harsh lights in your dog’s sleeping area

This is one of the most important things you should do for your dying dog to ensure he is not stressed.

Harsh lights in your dog’s sleeping corner or area can only contribute to stress and should be avoided.

Here are some common signs your dog is dying of old age.

10. Carefully approach your dying dog

Carefully approach him and softly touch him so as not to surprise him.

Always make sure you don’t startle your dog for any reason as this can tense them up.

Make sure your dog is aware you want to pet or approach him before you come close.

How to get over the death of your dog

Here are some suggestions for dealing with the death of your dog:

  1. To cleanse your thoughts, talk to a friend or a family member.
  2. For one last time, pay a visit to areas where your dog likes visiting.
  3. Pack your dog’s belongings and tidy up his or her space.
  4. Seek for the assistance of a psychologist.
  5. Get your disappointment out of the way and go on with your life.
  6. Visit a dog park in your area.
  7. You will be able to engage with other dog owners if you pay a visit.
  8. Getting a new pet will help you feel better.

By Aiguo Kai

Aiguo Kai is one of the authors and editors of Pet Creeks, he is focused on teaching and providing useful information about pets. Especially dogs, he enjoys writing and sharing his 10 years of experiences with dogs so far.