By keeping them comfortable, warm and well-fed, according to the Chihuahua’s preferences and getting a prescribed pain relief medication from the veterinarian to ease your dog’s symptoms near their end. They need your love, affection, verbal plus physical support and if needed, always have hygienic products needed ready at hand.
In this article we will ensure the ways in which you can make your Chihuahua’s last days as stress free as possible, know what to expect from your pets and also the basic information you will need to make the process easier for you and your pet.
Table of Contents
- How can you make your Chihuahua’s last days comfortable?
- How to know if your Chihuahua is nearing the end?
- What is the normal lifespan of a pet Chihuahua?
- Why is it important to comfort your Chihuahua?
- Why should you have hygienic products at hand for your pet?
- Does your tone and affection matter?
- Is it safe to go to gatherings?
- Can a Chihuahua get dehydrated?
- How to avoid dehydration?
- What kind of food can you feed your Chihuahua?
- How to use pain-relievers for your Chihuahua?
- How best to put your Chihuahua to rest?
- What is euthanasia?
How can you make your Chihuahua’s last days comfortable?
Fending to his every whims and need, keeping it warm and having a cozy bed placed at its favorite spot is the go to. Another way is to keep the way things were and always are, that way your Chihuahua has a schedule that it is familiar and happy with, and doesn’t experience the anxiety of knowing they’ll soon pass over.
How to know if your Chihuahua is nearing the end?
At first it is hard to tell if your pet is sick or if it is untreatable, in any case, it is best visit a vet for further consultation. The following are some signs that your dog’s last days are coming:
- Behavioral changes
- Lethargy and fatigue
- Lack of hunger and thirst
- Lose of weight
- Decrease in activity
- Dull eyes and confusion
- No response to treatment
- Breathing problems and seizure
- No temperature regulation
What is the normal lifespan of a pet Chihuahua?
Contrary to popular beliefs, the small and frail bodies of Chihuahuas allow them to live longer and healthier than regular larger dogs. For instance, according to ASPCA Pet Insurance, a healthy Chihuahua has the lifespan of about 15-20 years, whereas a breed of dogs larger than them can only live up to 10-13 years.
Why is it important to comfort your Chihuahua?
For most people a dog is not just a pet, but a part of their family, their closes ally, and when your Chihuahua is dying, the duty to ensure that they reach the end without any discomfort befalls onto you.
Dogs are extremely sensitive to your behavioral responses and anything harsh of the sort could distress them immensely.
Why should you have hygienic products at hand for your pet?
When Chihuahuas get older and sicklier, they tend to lose control of their bowels, as a result they may throw up and secrete fluids wherever and whenever. For this reason, it is important to have your Chihuahua wear pet diapers and to always have towels or waterproof pet pads near them at all times.
Does your tone and affection matter?
When talking to a dog, all they understand are command words; sit, walk, treat, that’s it and rest sounds like gibberish to them. What they do understand is tones, gestures, and affection, so at this stage in your Chihuahua’s life, a soft and soothing tone will show your love and care for them and gestures such as gentle hugs and pets reassures them that they are secure and safe.
Is it safe to go to gatherings?
It is never a good idea to overstimulate your Chihuahua, given their physical condition, especially if the gathering is chaotic and noisy. Overstimulation can often lead to your Chihuahua feeling distressed and anguished as a result to which they may lash out. That is why it is important to observe your pets’ interactions with others, especially other pets and children, and making sure everything goes calmly and smoothly.
Can a Chihuahua get dehydrated?
Due to their bodies shutting down, Chihuahua’s often lose the sensation of hunger and thirst. Though it is fine to not eat for several days, dehydration can often cause a painful death. The symptoms of dehydration are easy to note, such as, lots of drooling with thick saliva, sunken eyes, dry gums and loss of breath.
How to avoid dehydration?
Although it may be hard, but offering your Chihuahua food with a lot of moisture in it helps. You can also get them to chew on ice cubes. These all work for mild dehydration but as a Farewell Pet Blog suggests, if it gets severe then there will be a need for your pet to be hospitalized for 24 to 48 hours, depending on the severity of the dehydration.
What kind of food can you feed your Chihuahua?
This is a wise time to feed your Chihuahua its favorites food, especially if it has lost most of its appetite. According to Dailypaws, canned food and cooked chicken are good for it, mixed with its usually dog food. But if your Chihuahua is unable to digest solid foods, due to its digestive system failing, then baby food mixed with water can be an alternative.
How to use pain-relievers for your Chihuahua?
It is hard to know if your Chihuahua is in pain since dogs are usually very good at hiding it. But there are giveaways that you can look for such as shortness of breath, lethargic, less activity and rapid pulse. In any of these cases it is best to consult the veterinarian for pain-relievers.
Since this is short-term, it is best to think of optimal results instead of the long-term side effects it may have on the Chihuahua.
How best to put your Chihuahua to rest?
While some pets go peacefully in their sleep, some are not so lucky and it is up to the pet owner if they want a natural death or to put the pet to sleep and end its suffering. It is better to decide this beforehand as well as if you want the body to be buried or cremated.
What is euthanasia?
It is when the vet injects the Chihuahua with an overdose of sedatives, usually in the form of injectable pentobarbital, which slow down the activity of the brain and nervous system. The process is completely painless and it takes about 10-20 seconds before the Chihuahuas heart stops beating.
Choosing euthanasia is hard but ending its sufferings is the last and best gift you can give your Chihuahua.