Adopting a Dying Dog

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Adopting a Dying Dog
Choosing to adopt a dog dying of a terminal illness is not for everyone, but for the dog it means feeling the compassion, warmth, and love of a caring human for the last time rather than dying alone in a shelter.

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Creating an ideal environment
A dying dog needs a calm space and a favorite bed. In the last hours, placing bedding and pads to absorb bodily fluids under him on a tile surface is ideal. Dogs that are dying usually have lower body temperatures, so a warm room or an extra blanket can help increase their comfort. Provide natural light throughout the day and soft, low light in the evening. Make sure to avoid a dark environment.

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Nutritional needs 
In a dying dog, the spirit is starting to transition, and the physical body is conscious of it. Drinking, eating, and other functions will become less important. You can try some of the following ideas to ensure his nutritional needs are met, although dogs know when eating is no longer necessary:
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  • Soaked and mashed dry food
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  • Baby food mixed with a little water
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  • Blending food to ensure a smooth consistency
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  • Hill’s A/D diet, which is a liquid food that dogs can swallow easily

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Signs that indicate the end is near

  • Vomiting
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  • Confusion
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  • Incontinence
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  • Extreme fatigue
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  • Lack of coordination
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  • Complete loss of appetite
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  • No interest in surroundings

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Organizations & support groups

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How can I comfort a dying dog
If you choose to let your dog pass away at home, provide a warm, quiet place, pet him softly, and talk to him. Try offering food and water, but don’t force it on him. Even though it is tough, be as calm and soothing as possible because he can sense your emotions.

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