Dogs and cats are the two types of animals that are mostly kept by people in the world. The types are also varied, ranging from Mini Bernedoodle Pups to local dogs and cats that are no less cute.
The hardest thing for dog and cat owners to face is the time when dogs and cats are getting close to their deaths. This separation is certainly a sadness for many dogs and cat lovers.
According to a newspaper, the lifespan of a dog ranges from 10 to 16 years. In some cases, some dogs live even longer. Meanwhile, cats have a life span of between 10 and 20 years.
What are the physical signs of dogs and cats approaching the end of their lives? You as a dog or cat owner must know this!
1. Pay attention to their eating habits
Old dogs nearing the end of their lives will experience changes in their diet. If he usually eats normal and voracious portions, when near death, the dog will not touch food and drink at all.
You have to be observant about what causes your dog to refuse to eat and drink. If they are young, it could be due to a serious illness. Same with cats, usually a cat that is close to death will not want to eat at all.
The ability of their organs has begun to weaken, even begin to stop functioning. Old dogs and cats that are about to die are usually not interested in their favorite food.
2. Watch their movements
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) writes that dogs and cats are generally reluctant to show that they are sick. However, an observant owner will certainly know the signs that something is wrong with their dogs and cats.
One of the most visible physical signs, when a dog or cat is dying, is that they are no longer as active as they used to be. Dogs and cats will sleep more and be reluctant to move, including playing.
3. They will often vomit and defecate uncontrollably
Dogs and cats that are very old, even if they are in a well-groomed condition, do not rule out the possibility of malfunctioning in some of their organs. They will vomit and defecate uncontrollably.
If this is the case, you have to make sure they don’t get dehydrated. Dehydrated dogs and cats will suffer more before their death. Maybe some vitamins and IV fluids are needed to meet your pet’s fluid needs.