Labradors unfortunately cannot speak to us to let us know when they are weak or in pain.
However, there are many different ways to tell when your dog is really going through a hard time or when they are dying. Here are some of these signs.
Healthy Labradors generally do not have trouble breathing. So if you notice your Labrador panting a lot then it may be a sign that the end is near. This is common with health issues that affect the functionality of the heart and the lungs.
The result is inadequate oxygenation of tissues. This triggers the panting response to get more air into the lungs and more oxygen to the tissues.
Lethargy And Exercise Intolerance
You may also realize that your Lab is no longer enthusiastic about playtime and can barely get through exercise sessions with the same vigor that they used to. This, of course, is to be expected with old age in Labradors.
However, when it gets to a point when even basic activities like walking around are not welcome then your dog is not doing okay.
Whining And Howling
Labradors that are on the verge of death are also usually in a lot of pain as a result of whatever underlying condition is bringing their end. One way Labradors express their pain and discomfort is through whining and howling seemingly at nothing.
Impending death in Labradors can also trigger skin changes including dryness of the skin as well as nose and paw pads. The fur is also often affected and may start to thin, dry up, and shed more than usual.
Appetite and weight fluctuation
Something else you will find is your dog’s eating habits will change. This is common with all dying Labradors but is particularly noticeable in those that also happen to suffer from obesity.
Hence, the effort to control one’s Labrador food intake should help ensure the health of the pooch, and this intake amount shall be explored in the next section.