Dogs have a much shorter lifespan compared to us human beings. When the time is near, all of their organs will start to shut down (dying process) and die similar to human’s.

The truth about the end of your most honest friend’s life is not an easy thing and sometime hard to accept. Euthanizing a dying dog can be intensely painful for all pet owners so you must make the decision all by yourself and nobody can help you choose the right choice.

Dying dog symptoms

  • Runny eyes
  • Panting when the weather is not hot
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tail between legs
  • Behavior change
  • Lethargic and lays down for long periods of time
  • Weakness
  • Low energy level
  • Cannot get up
  • Unable to eat any food
  • Unable to drink water from a bowl
  • Loses the ability to control bowels and bladder (excretory functions)
  • Body temperature drop
  • Spasmodic and gasping breathing
  • White and lifeless gum
  • Unconsciousness

If the symptoms get too bad, you might have to make the hard choice. Whatever you decide, just know that you’ve had many wonderful times with Fido and he’s always alive in your heart. 


  • Dr. Winnie, Veterinarian

    Dr. Winnie earned a Master in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria's Veterinary School. She is a full-time Veterinarian specializing in internal medicine for companion animals.