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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: When Is It Time?

Your dog is aging. He has slowed down, he struggles to walk or sit, and you suspect his joints ache, he’s developed cataracts, and no longer seems to engage with the family. Is it time to gently ease him from this world and onto the next?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Many times, your best buddy will let you know when it’s time to go. When a dog stops eating that may be a sign that he is ready. However, there are many medications and positive actions that may give him back his will to live.

Increased cuddling and quality time may extend his final days. Likewise, veterinary pain medications and appetite stimulants can work wonders in some dogs. The placement of pads and diapers will alleviate his need to go outdoors as often and your companionship during his time outside will be pleasurable for both of you!

If you must be away from Fido for long periods of time, ask a trusted friend to check on him—he will enjoy the company and his chances of being alone during a health-related crisis will be less likely.

Your dog has given you many years of devotion. Please devote yourself to his final weeks, days, and moments.

If you have questions about this or any other dog-related issue please text or call 856.981.8957 or email brotherofthewolf@live.com. There is never a fee for consultation.

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Brother of the Wolf, LLC