Keep your routine as normal as possible:
Dogs are creatures of habit and changing their daily routine could cause additional stress and anxiety. If your furry friend is used to a morning walk, try to continue doing so as long as your dog is physically able. Your dog will find comfort in knowing that though they are ill, you are still active and enjoying their companionship.
Use any pain killers, herbal supplements or medication your vet has supplied:
If you find yourself asking, “Is my dog dying in pain?” speak to your vet about prescriptions or other alternative treatments which may help to alleviate any discomfort. Make sure when giving your pet medication to follow the directions provided and to take note of recommended dosage.
Provide a quiet, calm environment for rest:
If your dog is dying they will need to rest and sleep comfortably. This may mean giving them their own designated space away from the household noise and hustle bustle. Consider placing their bed or blanket into a quieter room in your home.
Get outside if possible:
When it comes to illness and disease there are very few things as calming and therapeutic as nature and the outdoors. If your dog is able, try to spend as much time out in the sun as possible. This is especially important if your dog is used to being outside for most of the day.
Allow for special time with other canine friends or pets:
When there is more than one animal in a house, dogs will often feel a sense of companionship with the other pets. Regardless of symptoms or illness, make sure to allow for your dog to interact. A dog dying alone when he is used to the company is never fair.
Tend to any wounds or surgical areas properly and gently:
If your dog has had unsuccessful surgery or treatment it is still important to keep his surgical areas clean and free of infection. Follow your vet’s advice concerning any bandages, creams or ointments.
It is not uncommon for a dying dog to have indoor accidents. To keep your canine companion from feeling too badly avoid angry vocal tones or terms which imply disobedience such as “bad dog”.
Stay affectionate and shower your canine companion with love:
“Is my dog dying knowing that I love him?” Of course, but just to make sure you should enjoy as many tummy rubs, ear scratches and wet nose kisses as possible.