9. Reduced Body
Temperature As things progress and death inevitably approaches, your dog’s body cools down and they lose the ability to control their own body temperature. Owners often notice cold paws and cooler breath. You can keep your canine comfortable during these times by using warm blankets heated pads, and hot water bottles, either way, make sure to monitor their temperature.
10. Their Gums Change Color
If your dog’s organs are no longer functioning properly, their gums may change color. Blue gums can indicate that there’s not enough oxygen in a dog’s blood. Bright red gums can be a sign of heatstroke. White or pale gums can be a sign of blood loss. However, each of these colors could also be a sign that a dog is close to death. As your dog is preparing to cross the rainbow bridge, the time you have left with them is as precious as it is limited.
It’s important to remember that if the dog is suffering from a lot of pain, assessing the option of euthanasia is humane. If your dog hates going to the vet, look into at-home pet euthanasia services to provide a peaceful end-of-life experience for your beloved pooch. Another tough decision is what to do with the body of the animal.
Some owners make arrangements for their dog’s cremation or burial. Many vet clinics or animal funeral homes offer these services. Alternatively, if you want to keep your dog close to your home, as well as your heart, you can choose to bury them in your own property or backyard.