Dying dog behavior

My dog is acting strangely—is it the end?

“We had a dog, Apples. He was 13 years old, toothless, blind and had the worst breath this side of Jabba the Hutt. But he was the sweetest dog, and I cried and cried when he died.” —Marlee Matlin

Is your dog sleeping significantly more than usual? Does he choose not to get up even when awake, and follow you only with his eyes when before he’d follow you into the next room?

What about her eating habits? A dying dog may exhibit some interest in food if it is brought to her, but show no ambition at all in making the effort to eat.

What about contact? A dying domestic dog, unlike many other animals, may seek out his or her person for companionship during the final days and hours, and appear unwilling to be alone.

As the owner of a well-loved dog you will, of course, do everything you can to help your pet pass on in a manner as dignified and pain-free as possible. But what about you?

The grief and pain you feel as you face the loss of a friend is very real. Even if your pet does not exhibit all the marker behaviors right now, it is likely you will outlive your dog. How do you deal with that trepidation? Conversations With My Old Dog, by psychologist and author Rob Pasick, may help you with that.

In Conversations With My Old Dog, Rob captures his thoughts, observations and lessons gleaned during the final year with his beloved Yellow Lab, Lucy. We walk with Rob as he celebrates Lucy’s full life, and as he prepares himself for her death; as he ponders the mortality of his dog, his father and himself. If you’re feeling alone—or know someone who is struggling with the loss of a pet—Conversations With My Old Dog, available through this web site and Amazon.com, might be just the companionship you need.

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