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i,ve just had to have my dog put to sleep because of illness, when i fetched him back to bury him his eyes were open it really upset me, is this a natural process?

asked in dogs, die, eyes

spampot answers:

I think so, when I took our dog to be put to sleep the vet left me in room with her for a few minutes and I was surprised to see her eyes stayed open, so I gently closed them as I said the final goodbyes.

Sorry about your loss.

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Poindexter answers:

Sorry about your dog.

Eyes don't automatically shut in death. They occasionally stay wide open and often half open. That's why it's accurate that you often see someone closing a dead person's eyes in the movies.

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Russel.West answers:

Yes it is normal, I'm also sorry to hear that your little one is no longer with you in body - but I'm sure you have plenty of very loving memories to cherish.

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Supplement from 02/12/2009 09:30pm:

Just remembered this which I hope brings you some comfort.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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