How To Comfort A Dying Jack Russell

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My dogs are like family, they are more than just pets to me. They are there to share in my happiness, and they are there right next to me when I’m sad.

They love me no matter what. And I love them too.

But, as we all know, the day will come when they pass on, and although we don’t really like to think about it, we have to prepare for when that time comes.

I know that this is a very sensitive subject to talk about but join me as I discover ways that you can comfort a dying Jack Russell, and whether or not you should let your dog pass naturally or with euthanasia.

How To Comfort A Dying Jack Russell

It is said that dying is a more natural process for dogs, but they can still be afraid just like us. It is therefore very important that your Jack Russell is as comfortable as can be.

1.) Find a cozy spot

As mentioned, your pup needs to be comfortable. If he doesn’t have a usual spot that he normally lies in, find a friendly and cozy spot for him to rest. As your dog becomes weaker, he will show more signs of fatigue and will more than likely just want to stay in one place.

Let him rest in his bed if he has one, or create a comfortable, cozy, and friendly place to rest without any distractions.

2.) Don’t force him to eat

Your dog’s organs are growing weaker and he will more than likely not have an appetite and will refuse to eat. At this point, you should not force him to eat because it will only cause extreme nausea.

Don’t get angry at him for not eating, just be there by his side and comfort him.

3.) Be by his side

This is easier said than done because it’s not easy to see your dog growing so weak. It is crucial that you are by his side. Be his best friend like you have always been and comfort him as much as you can.

This will reassure him that everything will be ok and he will be more at ease.

Should I Let My Jack Russell Pass Naturally?

A question that is often asked is whether or not to let a dog pass on naturally or with euthanasia.

Euthanasia is a quick, painless, and humane way of medically ending your dog’s life to prevent further suffering. This process is carried out by an experienced vet.

Now, which option to choose is something you and your family should decide. There have been instances where one of my dogs was suffering and in constant pain, and I didn’t want him to suffer anymore. It was a very difficult decision to make, but I decided to consult with my vet and he recommended euthanasia.

As I mentioned, this is your decision to make. Take into consideration the state of your pup, and if he is in constant pain and suffering. If you’re unsure about the way forward, please consult with your vet.

How Do You Know When Your Jack Russell Is Dying?

As most of us know, Jack Russells can live up to 16 years old. Some even live to be 17 years. As Jack Russells grow older they will show signs of old age.

One of my Jack Russells, Charlie, is almost 16 years old and she has become very grey. Her hearing has also deteriorated and she is not as energetic as she used to be.

These are all signs of old age, but if your Jack Russell has reached this age and is showing the following symptoms, it is a sign that his passing is on the horizon.

  • He will eat and drink less than usual
  • Your pup will show signs of constant fatigue
  • He will be very unstable on his feet, or won’t be very mobile
  • He won’t be interested in what’s going on around him
  • Your Jack Russell will start throwing up
  • His breathing will become shallower
  • He won’t be able to go outside to potty
  • He will start acting confused

It never hurts to consult with a vet if you’re unsure about your pup’s health, so if you have any doubts, please check in with your vet.


I’ve owned many dogs in my lifetime, and I can tell you that, no matter how much you prepare for the day they pass on, it will still be difficult and heartbreaking.

But, instead of being angry or depressed, I try to celebrate their life and the time they spent with me. I think about all the good times we had together and the times they made me laugh uncontrollably.

I’m thankful for those good times, I’m thankful for all those years that I got to spent with my furry friend. I’m thankful that my dog had a good home to live in, thankful that he always had food to eat, and that he always had someone who loved him very much.

If your furry friend is dying, or if he has passed already, my heart and thoughts go out to you. Stay strong, my friend.


  • Jan Pretorius

    Meet Jan Pretorius, the passionate dog lover and proud owner of the popular canine haven, Born and raised in a small town known for its love of animals, Jan’s journey into the world of dogs began at a young age, fueled by an innate connection with our four-legged companions.