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Is my dog going to die soon

Is my dog going to die soon

     

    Is my dog going to die soon
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    Is my dog going to die soon?

    You're probably concerned that your dog is dying if you're reading this post. You might have even typed in “warning signals dog dying” into your search engine. I wanted to write this specifically for you as the editor of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. 

    Here's what I need you to know right now, right away:

    1- Your dog does not have an expiration date. There is no such thing as a crystal ball with which we can determine whether or not “today is the day.” No one, not your physician, not your spouse, and certainly not you, can say with 100 percent certainty “when” your dog will die.

    2- You can utilize some warning indicators to see when the end is approaching.

    3- There are some beautiful, simple things you can do RIGHT NOW for your dog that will help, regardless of when the end arrives.

    4- You should be nice and nice to yourself because this is a really difficult period for you.

    Before we begin, let me state unequivocally that I am not a veterinarian. I am a writer and the editor of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, a best-selling book on dog cancer, but I have no medical training. What I've learned from Dr. Demian Dressler and his co-author, oncologist 

    Dr. Susan Ettinger is included in this essay... but primarily from my personal experience as a dog lover, just like you, who has gone through the dark nights of pain when a beloved dog's life is coming to an end.

    Let's get started now, with that disclaimer out of the way.

    There isn't an Expiration Date

    Readers of Dr. Dressler's book on dog cancer frequently join our private Facebook support group to share their experiences with the disease. A reader frequently sends in a photo of their adorable puppy and asks, "How do I know when it's time to let go?"

    And the advice from other guardians (what we call dog lovers who are dealing with illness in their dogs) is virtually always summarized as follows:

    “You can't predict the future... But when the time comes, you'll know just what to do. “Your dog will let you know.”

    This notion that our pets will "inform" us may appear to be self-evident (or mystical, depending upon how seriously you take interspecies communication studies). However, this is not the case.

    We often have to remind ourselves that our pets have feelings, ideas, and preferences. They aren't human, yet they are people in a very real sense. This isn't anything I made up! This is a relatively new way of thinking about animals, but it's getting clearer with each passing year: this world is home to almost 7 billion people and thousands of billions of more creatures.

    Dogs aren't only members of the Canis lupus familiaris species; they're also individuals who happen to be members of that species. Individuals who happen to be members of our species, Homo sapiens, are just like us.

    Dogs have a strong sense of self-identity. They don't think to themselves, "Hey, we're interchangeable!" when they see another dog.

    Listen to Your Dog

    We frequently forget that our dog is a person since they don't speak "English" (though they comprehend a lot of it) and we don't speak "Canine." He has his own distinct perspective on the world. She's had her own set of adventures – adventures that you'll never know about. You haven't been here and you haven't experienced his life!

    My point is that, in our frenzied response to our dog's warning indications that he or she is sick or dying, it's easy to forget that they are having their own experience — one that is distinct from ours.

    And when we forget that about other people (human or canine), we forget how important it is to LISTEN. Just as we would to a friend or family member who speaks our own tongue. You'd understand what your grandfather meant if he said, "I think I'm near the end."

    Dogs, on the other hand, might be able to “tell” humans something similar. And I feel that, like our grandfathers, our pets desire to maintain their dignity.

    As a result, when I say "your dog will tell you," I may also add "ask your dog."

    Your dog is aware of the situation. And I'll bet you anything that your dog understands.

    Look, there's no way to predict the exact time of anyone's death, whether human or canine. However, whether someone is approaching death or not, there is considerable value in listening to them, closely monitoring them, and providing comfort.

    And our pets, at all times in their lives, require that attentive, loving attention. I sincerely hope I could be even a tenth as good as my pets. I'd be a saint if I could.

    So, the basic conclusion is this: put your desire to "know" if now is the right time for your dog aside. It's simply impossible to know for sure until you find out.

    You'll know when it's time because your dog will somehow, someway communicate with you to let you know. Meanwhile, the greatest thing you can do for both yourself and your dog is to listen, observe, and provide comfort and assistance as needed. It doesn't matter how much time you have left; what matters is how much love and closeness you offer each other in that time.

    Warning Signs a Dog Is Dying

    Here are some indicators to watch for to determine if your dog is reaching the end of his or her life. Keep in mind that none of these symptoms are conclusive, so if your dog is only experiencing one or two of them, it doesn't always mean she's nearing the end. I've heard from far too many readers about turnarounds over the years to believe that any of the following indicators indicate your dog is certainly on his way out.

    But what if you notice multiple of the warning indicators at the same time? Take a deep breath. In the next section, we'll go through some more activities for you to try.



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