Natural Remedies To Help A Dog Pass Peacefully
amanda linette meder
Dogs are one of the greatest gifts to humanity. For this reason, when they start to enter into their elder years, we want to do the best we can to take care of them.
As the body of the dog moves into elderhood and then into palliative care, it's reasonable to see many changes to the type of support they need to feel their best.
When a dog is nearing the end of its life, there can be symptoms that you want to remediate such as joint pain, emotional stress, and appetite. If your dog is experiencing dementia-like symptoms, you may wish to take care of mental clarity and sharpness.
Your dog is a sentient being who also may sense their impending transition. They may start to pick up on the feelings and emotions of those in the home. So one of the most important things you can do for your dog is to support their emotional needs during this process.
Outside of this, there are a few natural remedies you can use to assist your dog in their transition.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Your dog may be increasingly interested in spending time with you as close as possible. If your dog is small enough, I recommend carrying them as much as possible in their final days.
I also recommend comforting them and spending time with them as much as you can. Love is one of the most abundant natural remedies there is available.
2. A Carrying Sling
Near the end of my dog’s life, we got her a carrying sling by Alfie Pet Slings (click here to buy on Amazon) to carry her in as it got more challenging to walk and use her joints.
She really enjoyed having a carrying sling snuggle times in her final days. It was life changing for us and there are many memories we share of us snuggling in her sling.
3. Essential Oils
For emotional support, I also really like the essential oils and blends for supporting the needs of the dog, releasing fear and feeling good -
For relaxation at night:
- Plant Therapy Let It Go Blend (click here to buy on Amazon)
Young Living Peace and Calming Blend
Young Living Gentle Baby Blend
Young Living Surrender Blend
Lavender and Lavender Blends
Chamomile and Chamomile blends
For a happy and sharp mood during the day:
Citrus essential oils, such as Lemon, Orange and Bergamot
For dogs who are actively transitioning and approaching their final days:
Young Living Journey On Blend
Young Living Harmony Blend
Young Living Abundance Blend
Young Living Joy Blend
To use essential oils with a dog, I highly suggest putting the oils on a bandana or a piece of clothing that they wear, instead of directly on their skin.
When my dog was passing, we had a bananda that we called her “calm cape.” It was just a blue bandana that we put her night time chill oils on, but giving it a cute name lightens the mood.
You can also diffuse the essential oils if your dog tolerates this. We used a hand held personal misting diffuser when my dog was passing away to help her feel at peace.
For the brand of oils, I primarily used Young Living Essential Oils with my dog. Young Living is a buying club where you can become a member to join and get 24% off retail, and the community is really nice.
You start by getting a welcome kit, then deciding if you want to do a repeat order, and then there’s all types of Facebook Groups you can join for support. There’s no requirements or minimum orders and you can cancel anytime.
You generally sign-up to join through other people, so if this is something that interests you, learn more about how to sign-up through me here: Young Living: How To Sign-Up
There are other companies you can get oils and blends from, such as Plant Therapy (click here to buy on Amazon), which I also like.
4. Help Them Stay Active
After oils, if your dog is having trouble with their vision or getting around, it can also help to move them to a different room for the daytime and for the nighttime. This provides them with a sense of normalcy which can reduce feelings of stress.
One of the things we did as my dog was passing, was we would give her an hour of power, which was basically glorified yard time where we could go out there and supervise her during the golden hour, the most beautiful time of day.
She was still able to get her sniffs in, something she loved doing all the way up until the morning she passed.
5. Healing Music
Another natural remedy for a dog who is transitioning is playing relaxing classical music, upbeat music, or even instrumental music in their space. It helps dogs who are anxious regarding the dying process calm down.
In the final few weeks, we also used other natural esoteric remedies on her: Sound healing with tuning forks and Reiki energy healing.
We use Omnivos tuning forks (click here to buy on Amazon) to give her sound healing experiences, to which she always relaxed.
6. Energy Healing
We had a neighbor come over and perform Reiki on my dog the night before she passed away and in the few weeks before she died.
Unbeknownst to me until recently, there is a Reiki energy healing protocol for dogs who are passing. Both of these experiences were very calming for her. And I wrote more about it in this post: How To Tell When Your Dog Is Ready To Transition.
Finally, one of my favorite remedies to ease the transition is CBD Oil, here’s a link to the brand I use with a coupon code.
CBD oil can help promote the feeling of a healthy body, reduce inflammation, decrease stress and help reduce anxiety in your dog. It also helps to relax the dog so they can let their body organs release as much as possible.
Some studies show it also helps with pain and it’s the one remedy on here that would be best for physical body comfort.
We used CBD in the entire final year of my dog’s life to help support her joints, her mood and her ability to sleep at night. We found that when she was using it, in general, she was more rested, calm and relaxed.
When a dog is passing away, you may find yourself bringing them food and water, carrying them inside and outside, and even performing remarkable acts of love.
This is one of the upsides of assisting a soul in the process of passing, you get to see the bond of love play out in actions in real time. You may surprise yourself with how loving you become.
As a human caretaker of animals, there is no time more cherished than in the final days of any living being, and if you can support your dog in this process, you have been given a great blessing.
When we know in advance a dog is passing, there is plenty of time to say “I Love You,” “Goodbye” and give all the pets and validations needed. And these are all very significant things.
A small note on your own emotions as a caretaker of a passing animal:
Keep yourself hydrated, try to get enough sleep and be compassionate with yourself. You may find yourself losing your temper, and if this happens, it’s okay.
Patience is one of the essential virtues learned when sitting with a passing animal, and it will be cultivated in this process.
So to recap:
A carrying sling
Helping them stay active
Reiki energy healing
Can all be great natural remedies and tools to support your dog as they pass.
No matter which remedy you choose, as long as you choose love, you won't make any mistakes.
Your dog trusts you.
It's always best to consult your vet when changing up the routine though the remedies listed here can typically be used in conjunction with any other medicines a dog may be taking.
Amanda Linette Meder
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