The dog and the death of a loved one: how does it affect him?


We have all heard stories that dogs can predict or feel death and that it is because they have an extrasensory power that helps them see the other astral plane of the world.

There is even a story that tells that in England there was a dog in a hospital and this howled with the sick just a few hours before his death, with this fact, people began to believe that the dog had extrasensory abilities as he had predicted Death followed by more than 25 people and without fail.

But the answer has nothing to do with spiritualistic experiences, but rather with scientific facts. It all sums up the nose of our dog son, its large olfactory organ has about 200 million olfactory receptors (we have approximately 5 million) and this ability to smell much more than us, makes our dog detect changes in the different environment or substances in the human body.

But what do these substances have to do? When a person is going to die, chemical changes occur in their system and this is what the dog manages to sniff out thus predicting the death of the person, and with several repetitions of this event, our dog son learns to associate the change in the chemistry of our body with the fact of death.

Likewise, our dog can detect cancer, alert about changes in sugar in diabetic patients, warn of epileptic seizures, etc. and all thanks to their great olfactory capacity of that little nose they have.

There are also those stories that say that animals can see spectral beings and when they stare at a single point, it is because they are detecting them and that this is because they have a sixth sense that allows them to perceive the presence of these ghosts.

However, we are left with the scientific explanation. What do you guys think?

Cute stories

When the structure of the group is modified by the disappearance of one of the members, the animal is affected by the change in the family hierarchy and misses the one who leaves. So much that there is very sweet stories and moving on dogs that watch over the tomb of their owners or travel hundreds of kilometers in search of their home, guided by their sense of smell and instinct.

There are very tender and moving stories about dogs that watch over their owners' grave or travel many kilometers in search of their home

One of the best known cases in this regard, and that has been taken to the big screen, is that of the Japanese dog called Hachik. This dog went out to look for his owner every day at the train station, even if he had died. He did so for ten years, until he himself died. Hachik It has a statue in Japan, where it is known as "the faithful dog." Carlos Rodríguez, a veterinarian, comments that this dog "did not understand that his owner had died, but he sure felt very sad every time he did not appear on the train in the afternoon."

Ability to feel

The question is to name these behaviors. It could be: grief, longing or sadness. It is true that there is nothing scientifically proven, but the facts speak for themselves, although humans are reluctant to recognize the ability of animals to have feelings and emotions.

Dogs probably do not have a concept of death as defined or elaborate as in the case of people but, even so, they know when they lack a loved one and have a grieving reaction for your loss In this sense, Carlos Rodriguez, veterinarian explains: "dogs they feel sadness in the absence of their peers and, although death is a concept that escapes them, they have similar reactions to the human mourning in the face of the loss of their friends, because in this, as in so many other things, dogs and humans we are very similar " .

What is proven is that when someone close to the dog dies, the animal searches and sniffs the to be loved in the environment where he lived. Dogs are very loyal to their owners and develop very close friendship with them. The dog is a being dependent on their owners, who are the leaders of their pack. If these figures disappear, the animal may feel very helpless.

Symptoms of sadness

The ideal thing is not to fall into the error of humanizing the reactions and behaviors of dogs, but to analyze, understand and respect them. There is no doubt that the dog accuses the lack of beings with whom he has had a close relationshipStop eating, it's over decayed and less active. And, they also need their time to get used to the loss of a loved one, for which they will seek our support and affection.

Overcome the penalty

It is recommended that the dog maintain its activity level, such as the usual walks, as well as devote more time than normal to play with him and thus get him to feel more accompanied. Dogs can be depressed to such an extent that they may need psychological and pharmacological treatment to overcome the bump. If after a month of the loss of the loved one, the dog continues with symptom such as: depression, loss of appetite, weight loss or too many hours of sleep, it is advisable to consult the veterinarian.

The pain in animals

The ability of animals to feel emotions Similar to humans has always been questioned, but also their way of perceiving physical pain. In the dictionary, pain is defined as: unsatisfactory or unpleasant sensation experienced by a living being.

It is recommended that the dog maintain its activity level, like the usual walks and spend more time to play with it

The body's sensory receptors receive a stimulus and reflect it in the spinal cord and then transmit it to the brain. This system is similar between people and animals. Today, it is shown that animals do experience pain. Not all animals respond equally to pain. The reactions may be more apparent the more social the animal is, as is the case with the dog. In other species, such as cats, the demonstration of pain is interpreted as a weakness against predators and masked as a way of survival.

Be clear that the dog can be depressed by the loss of a loved one.

Spend more time being with the animal until it overcomes the pothole.

Maintain the dog's daily activity routine, such as walks and games.

If after a month, the animal remains dejected and unappetizing, go to the veterinarian.

3. When are you going back home

When you are about to get home, be sure that your pet is waiting for you anxiously. Its powerful nose allows you to perceive your smell even miles away, that is why before your arrival your dog is attentive at the window or the door.

5. When you are in labor

Dogs become so familiar with their owners that they notice any strange behavior in them, from their posture to changes in their emotions. Some dogs, days before delivery, do not detach from their owners because they feel the instinct to protect them. When the time comes, your nose indicates that the baby is about to be born.

6. Some diseases

Again, their extraordinary sense of smell allows them to detect certain odors that humans give off when they have a disease and that we are not able to perceive. For example, there are dogs trained to sniff when sugar levels in their owners who suffer from diabetes are low, reminding them that it is time to take their medicines.

Many times we have heard that "dogs smell fear", but we do not understand why: what happens is that the human being to feel fear increases their adrenaline levels and secretes pheromones that our pets are able to smell.

8. Climate changes

Our pets have the ability to recognize when some major climate change is approaching, even their high sense of hearing and smell allows them to detect thunder before us. Some dogs get nervous because their instincts alert them to seek shelter.

9. An epileptic attack

Dogs are extremely intelligent and sensitive. Some races are trained to observe the signs prior to an epileptic attack, and ask for help when required.

Dogs are able to recognize the smell of certain diseases. There are stories about people who claim that their pet repeatedly sniffed some part of the body and thanks to this they were able to detect cancer.

12. Earthquakes

It is not known precisely if it is thanks to their incredible sense of hearing or it is through their paws that dogs can feel seismic waves, but it is a fact that they are able to know if an earthquake is approaching. People who are in danger zones, when observing some strange behavior decide to take precautions.

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It is recognized, for countless cases, that the dogs that accompany the rescue forces when they come to help the victims in the great catastrophes, react differently before the detection of the surviving victims or the corpses.

When they detect a live person buried in debris, the dogs insistently and joyfully point out the "hot" spots, after which firefighters and rescue teams can begin the rescue immediately.

Canine smell and death

Dogs trained to detect survivors among the ruins produced by avalanches, earthquakes, floods and other catastrophes, indicate in the manner explained above the points where there are people alive buried by the ruins.

However, when they find corpses his behavior offers a radical change. The joy they show when they find a surviving person disappears and show symptoms of discomfort and even fear. The hair of the loin bristles, moans, turns on themselves, and sometimes even howls or defecates frightened.

Why do these different canine behaviors happen?

Let's imagine a catastrophic scenario: the ruins of an earthquake, with living and dead victims buried under huge amounts of rubble, dust, wood, iron, equipment and furniture of collapsed buildings.

People buried, whether alive or dead, are not in sight. Therefore, the most plausible thing is that the dog detects the victims by their smell, and even by the ear if the buried person screams.

Following the above reasoning. How is it possible for the dog to distinguish if the person is alive or already dead? The most plausible conclusion is that there is a distinctly different smell between life and death in a human body, although the death is very recent. Smells that the trained dog is able to differentiate.

Intermediate state

An intermediate stage between life and death has a specific name: agony.

There are many kinds of agonies, the atrocious in which the suffering of the sick or injured is so obvious, that anyone intuits a certain death in more or less time because the signs are evident. But there are also sweet, serene agonies, in which imminent signs of death are not seen, and in which technology has not yet reached the accuracy of canine smell.

If the living body has a smell, and when it dies it has a different one. It is not far-fetched to think that there is a third intermediate smell for the agonized state of the human being. I think this assumption answers correctly and affirmatively the question that gives title to this article: Do dogs predict death?

However, to be more precise I would say that sometimes some dogs can predict thedeath. I don't think all dogs can predict all deaths. If so, this canine faculty would already be recognized since the man and the dog live together.

Related events

It is conclusively known that some animals (wolves, for example) somehow announce their imminent end to the members of his pack. Ethologists (specialists in animal behavior), argue that it is a way to prevent the other individuals in the pack from becoming infected and that it is better that they move away from it. This behavior has also been observed among cockroaches.

This similarity of behavior between species as disparate as a wolf and a cockroach. why it happens? Science gives the motive a name: Necromones.

In the same way that we know the meaning of pheromones (imperceptible organic compounds that secrete animals in heat, or people with sexual constraint), necromones are another type of organic compounds that agonized bodies exude, and that most likely is what dogs sometimes catch in sick people, whose end is near.

Necromonas and feelings

Necromones have been studied scientifically, basically among insects. Cockroaches, ants, mealybugs, etc. In these insects it has been observed that the chemical composition of their necromones come from their fatty acids. Especially the oleic acid and the acidlinoleic, which are the first to degrade in an agonized state.

During experimentation, areas with these substances have been sprayed, observing that cockroaches avoided passing over, as if it were a contaminated area.

Dogs and other animals have feelings. Different from humans, true, but equivalent. For this reason it should not surprise us that dogs or cats "watch" the last hours of some people. And there is no doubt that nobody has told them the fatal outcome that will occur shortly, but it is clear that one way or another they sense it.

It would be very interesting to know experiences on this subject that our readers have experienced.

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We have always known that, behind the eyes of a dog or a cat, an unknown universe is hidden. What can think, feel or even predict an animal? We do not know but, perhaps, until his own death.

In the year 2007 the story of a cat named Oscar. Actually, a priori, nothing was special. It was a quiet and peaceful companion cat, which I lived in a nursing home.

However, it soon became known worldwide. Oscar had a strange skill. Every time an inmate became ill and was going to die, Oscar appeared around the room and flatly refused to leave the room. Only a few days later, mathematically, as a kind of exact science, the person died.

Today, it is proven and verified by the science that, while Oscar lived in the center, accompanied, one by one, with identical behavior, the death of more than 25 people in that residence. His case was studied by the New England Journal of Medicine and finally, it was concluded that, in effect, without a doubt, Oscar predicted death. But how did he achieve it? Well, according to researchers, erasimple science. You will see, apparently, all people - also the rest of animals - we produce a special smell at the time of death. Oscar had learned to distinguish him and even something more difficult, to know what that meant. They realize? It is not future or science fiction. Nowadays medicine uses all this for simple human benefit. One works, for example, with dogs capable of detecting possible drops of sugar, imminent epileptic attacks and, even, the near appearance of a cancer.

So far, all clear. However, it must be recognized that what science has not yet managed to explain is how animals know the exact moment in which they themselves are going to die or, without going any further, the amount of contrasting stories and cases in which a dog starts to howl or bark hysterically, at the same time when your owner, many kilometers away, dies victim of an accident. How do you know? How do you feel it? At the moment there is no answer except, of course, that of that invisible but, unbreakable line, that unites people and animals in life but, also, in death. Maybe one day science can explain it with words but, for now, we only have feelings to do it, we call it LOVE.