EPISODE 248 | RELEASED June 24, 2024

Three Stages of Dying | Molly Jacobson

How do I know if my dog is dying? There are 26 signs you can look for.


Molly Jacobson discusses how to recognize the signs that your beloved dog might be in the last months, weeks, or days of their life.

Articles about the end of life:


Signs Often Seen Starting in the Last Months of Life:

  1. Weight Loss, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFPUYZtPJ_8
  2. Loss of Appetite, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWVfBhf4gD0A, and: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/side-effects/dog-not-eating/
  3. Dehydration is often caused by diarrhea, urinary incontinence, and vomiting, see below.
  4. Diarrhea, see: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/side-effects/diarrhea-in-dogs/ and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzYzZwlA4xo
  5. Urinary Incontinence, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIJkyODHyi0 and: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/hospice-and-end-of-life/bed-sores-on-dogs/
  6. Vomiting, see: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/side-effects/vomiting-in-dogs/ and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2b74r09eDQ
  7. Dimmed or Dull Eyes see Urinary Incontinence
  8. Looking Unkempt see Urinary Incontinence

Signs Often Seen in the Last Weeks of a Dog’s Life:

  1. Pain, see: https://www.dogcancer.com/perspectives/drugs/pain-management-plus-natural-pain-relief-for-dogs/ and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvA7W9XlciM
  2. Restlessness see videos and articles under pain
  3. Behavioral Changes, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4V1nehuGiU&t=2057s and articles under pain
  4. Changes in Sleep Patterns, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBititnn7U0
  5. Breathing Problems, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y28IQXhAtXk
  6. Confusion see articles on lethargy and depression
  7. Depression, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4V1nehuGiU and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dj7ajAPhL0
  8. Wanting to Be Outside, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff4zmrzS0Mk

Signs Often Seen in the Last Days:

  1. Lethargy, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5Bh1wIp5bY and: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/side-effects/lethargy-in-dogs/
  2. Lack of Interest see articles on lethargy and depression, wanting to be outside.
  3. Lack of Coordination see articles on lethargy and depression.
  4. Twitching see articles on lethargy and depression.
  5. Weakness see articles on lethargy and depression.
  6. Inability to Control Bowel Movements, see: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/side-effects/blood-in-dog-stool/ and urinary incontinence and diarrhea above.
  7. No Eating or Drinking: See the article on the loss of appetite above.
  8. Seizures: see article on brain tumors: https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/types-of-dog-cancer/brain-tumors-in-dogs/
  9. A Puffy Appearance, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXM_jMgkdI
  10. Body Odor, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y28IQXhAtXk

Remember: none of these signs mean your dog is dying … ask your veterinarian for help with your dog’s medical issues ASAP.

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