Dog Death – How to know when to say your last goodbye
Having a dog is a great pleasure most of the time. Our dogs bring happiness and love into our lives and they give us so much more than they take. Deep down, we all know this, yet there are times when the fact that we are responsible for a member of another species weighs heavily on our shoulders. As long as our dogs are healthy, everything is fine, we are happy to take them for a walk no matter the weather, we feed them and order what they get dirty. You know, all the jazz of owning a dog.
However, there comes a day for most of us that is anything but fun, in fact, it is a day that we fear with all our might, but fearing it as much as we can does not keep it away. It is the day we have to say our last goodbye.
For some dogs, the end comes suddenly. They collide with a car or injure themselves so badly that their demise occurs almost instantly, just as it would a human being. When this happens, we as the dog’s keepers stand there helplessly, shocked by the event.
A large number of dogs suffer from a chronic disease that gradually takes away their quality of life, causing them a lot of pain and suffering. Modern diseases like hip dysplasia, arthritis, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and chronic infections take their toll. As a dog ages, his quality of life deteriorates and he often loses control of his bowel and bladder movements.
Sooner or later the question arises as to whether or not the right time has come to take our dog to the vet and put him to sleep. This is an extremely difficult question to answer because it means ending the life of our best friend. We feel that if we do it too soon we will suffer and if we do it too late we will also suffer. We don’t want to give up our dog and we don’t want him to be killed.
But what happens if we avoid making the decision? If our dog has a terminal illness we will make him die a very painful death, if he is very old we will make him live without most of his functions.
I once saw an old dog whose owners couldn’t bear to be put to sleep. He was so old that he could not walk or eat, he urinated without getting up, it was a horrible sight. Were his owners being nice to him or just to themselves? Honestly, I don’t know.
So how can we know when to get our dog to rest?
If we have a very close relationship with our dog, he or she will let us know when the time has come. All we have to do is listen to our hearts because our dogs speak to us through our hearts. The connection between you and your dog is a connection at the heart level. If you are open to receiving messages from your heart, you will know when the time has come. When the time comes, there will be no question about it, you will simply know when the time has come.
It is important to act once the message is received. Don’t be afraid to take your dog on his last trip because of the pain his loss will cause you. He has been a good companion all his life, doing his best to please you and taking him to the rainbow bridge and staying with him until he has crossed it is a must do for him and yourself.
I personally feel that taking my dog to the vet is more than I can bear and that is why I have to come to the vet at my house. This way, both my dog and I are safe in our home, free to wait at the vet’s office for the dreaded moment. This arrangement gives me the time I need to say goodbye and thank you. For my dog it means being able to go to sleep in his favorite place.
Thanks for reading this article. I am sure it is not easy to assimilate, just as it was not easy to write. I wrote it because over the years many people have asked me about it and I thought that knowing the answer might be helpful to you and your dog as well.