Why do dogs go off to die?

Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – Is this an old wives tale or is it true that dogs will crawl off to die? If so, what do they do this?


Beverly E. – Newport


Hi – thanks for your email Beverly. You asked if it is an old wives tale that when dogs are sick – they essentially crawl off to die?

This is essentially true. Dogs and cats both will "hide" when they don't feel well. I believe this is a survival instinct that helps hide them from predators when they are vulnerable.

Thanks for your question.

Dr. Debra

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