Do Dogs Understand When They Are Dying

Dogs likely have an instinctual sense that death is near based on their declining health.

Instinctual Awareness

Dogs notice the physical changes in their body as they decline such as weakness.

Physical Changes

Alterations in their normal routine like increased rest can indicate to dogs something is wrong.

Routine Changes  

Owners' actions and emotions may signal to dogs that something is different.

Owner Cues

Dogs don't understand the full concept of death and dying.

Limited Comprehension

Dogs tend to focus on their immediate circumstances, not the future.

Living in the Moment

Dogs can't comprehend but they feel loved when owners comfort them.

Saying Goodbye  

Signs a Dog is Nearing End of Life