Do animals leave the body before dying?

Do animals leave the body before dying?We’re all in “get ready” mode right now as the big blizzard (18 inches?) is on it’s way… The news is predicting quite a bit of snow, wind, and power outages so I really have no idea what tomorrow holds!

But what I do have an idea about is animals and how they go about passing over and I thought I would share that here today.

When talking about animals passing over, I always think of my dog Bella on the day she ended up crossing over. I didn’t notice anything before I left for the gym that morning, but when i walked in the door afterwards, she was sitting on the dog bed (something she never does), kind of in a weird spacey way.

I’ll never forget how she lifted her head up and wagged her tail at me four or five times. It just seemed so odd – unlike her. She was normally a much more present dog (like, you couldn’t miss her because she wouldn’t let you).

After wagging her tail, she put her head back down on the dog bed and closed her eyes. I’ve thought about that moment so many times since – and I’ve received emails, phone calls, and posts wondering the same thing I was worrying about:

Question: Do animals leave the body before dying?

So, I want to answer this question for you but I’m going to answer this question based on what the animals have told me again and again in my many years working as an Animal Communicator. What I’m going to tell you is basically straight from the horse’s mouth (psychically that is!).

Because animals choose how, when, why, and where – as well as WHO will (or won’t) be there with them when they cross over, they have the time to work the more spiritual angle of their passing.

Before passing, an animal’s spirit will begin to leave their body. Many times the animal will show me a visual of how only part of their spirit is or was still in their body at the time of their passing. The rest of the spirit is making it’s way outward, to the Light (or heaven or the Rainbow Bridge – or whatever you call it in your mind).

Crossing to the other side is a big job for a person or an animal, and the last piece of the self to experience this crossing over, according to the animals, is the physical body.

The spirit actually gets a nice head start in the dying process.

The benefit to this is that the animal is less connected to the physical world when he passes so there is less pain and less awareness.

Think of it this way – if you’re distracted watching TV while someone is pinching you, you’re less likely to be bothered by it than if you’re in an empty room watching this person pinching you.

Crossing over can work in the same way. The spirit is distracted with the separation process between the physical body and the spirit – so there is less connection to what is happening in the physical world.

Animals have told me this is the case when they are sick and dying for example, but they’ve even also said their spirit begins to leave their body when their passing is an “accident” (like getting hit by a car).

For me, knowing the answer, that animals aren’t quite there all the way when they are about to pass over made me feel so much better about Bella. If I hadn’t known that, I might have thought she was upset with me or upset that she was about to cross over.

Luckily, that is not the case for any animal. Ever. I hope this information has helped you a little bit and I’d love to know your thoughts!

Click to share your thoughts here.

Love and Light,
Danielle

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    • Lana
      Lana says:

      I hope this is true for when we assist them in the process too. For such a difficult decision, one that I just recently had to make for my 14 year old English bulldog Elsie, there would certainly be some comfort in knowing she was not only expecting her passing but participating in the process as well by beginning to move on. I will take comfort on this issue any way it is offered. Thanks for the timely discussion.

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      • Danielle MacKinnon
        Danielle MacKinnon says:

        Yes Lana. I’ve worked with many animals who asked for assistance in crossing over. Euthanasia seems to be one of many different ways that animals will choose and they have not demonstrated any fear of choosing this method.

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        • Deniz
          Deniz says:

          I had to say goodbye to my pit bull Dylan 4 years ago on March 18th . He was almost 16…. I relive that moment over and over …. thinking I could have made the wrong decision . Glade to have come across your post and has put my mind at ease .

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  1. Cyndi
    Cyndi says:

    Thank you for this. I needed to hear this. With all these bad news that I’ve been hearing about the dog meat trade and how animals are tortured and killed… it’s really hard to see them suffer before they pass . Now with these kind of incidents, do animals still leave their body before tortured and killed or do they leave during the process of them being brutally murdered? This whole killing of animals have really affected me and I’m consumed by it a lot. I feel so bad for them

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    • Janet
      Janet says:

      Honestly, I would not even want to touch upon that one bit. Danielle would have to respond upon that. I cannot imagine any animal being pulled so fast from such horrid treatment. I think of a human, being battered and beaten beyond recognition and they will still be in their bodies. I don’t see them not experiencing some of the beatings. But yes, I understand your compassion. it is horrible for all of them. stuffed in cages so jammed tight that they can’t even move a hair. Also, there is this horrible festival I just learned about in Mexico how they hang dogs and beat them like piñatas!! what the heck is wrong with people? or if you’d call them people. don’t these evil creatures have anything better to do with their time here?? like really.

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    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      In EVERY instance, animal’s spirits begin to leave their body before their passing. However, it really doesn’t make it easier on my heart and I cannot wait for the day when all animals receive unconditional love at all times.

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  2. Robin Shelton
    Robin Shelton says:

    I hope that’s exactly right, that animals begin their crossing over process that way. I have been learning a lot about the dog meat trade. And I hope that there is some way for these dogs and cats to be spared the terrible suffering inflicted on them.

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  3. Ginny White
    Ginny White says:

    This too has helped me as I am in the process of having a pet choose whether to leave or stay. She is my sweet guinea pig, Helen, and she’s very sick, although I am trying desperately to keep her here with me. I know she has already chosen her path, and I feel that her spirit is leaving.

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    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Ginny, since you know this about her, now you have the option to make her last bit of time in her physical body full of love, rather than full of fear or worry. Sending you both love and light, Danielle

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  4. Sheila
    Sheila says:

    Hearing this from a master is very comforting as I reflect back on two of my dogs who passed over several years ago. A few days before my ill lab Luci died she looked at me like she didn’t recognize me, almost looking through me. I’m looking forward to your energy webinar in April, thanks!

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  5. Linda
    Linda says:

    A couple of years ago I was on vacation & my wonderful neighbor was watching my cats, and one of them got sick, went to the vet & stayed there till I got back (long story made short). During the trip I could feel him at night & would tell him to please wait for me as I would be home in a couple of days. I picked him up the day I got home & the next day he acted better, but the next day I was in the bathroom & I could feel a shift in the whole house, I found him sitting in the powder room with some blood in his mouth, he passed that day. But I will never forget the feeling of his sprit coming & going in the house that day. So I’m a firm believer in the fact that their spirit leaves before the physical body does.

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  6. Susan
    Susan says:

    What about when we have an animal euthanized? I found a cat lying in a street many years ago, and tried to help her, but she was very sick. I ended up leaving her at a vet to be put down. I feel guilty that I didn’t do enough to help her, even though everyone told me it was for the best, as she was so sick. Is this still something that was decided by the cat? How do I know I did the right thing for this cat? Thanks.

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  7. Ellen
    Ellen says:

    This is very reassuring. I’ve had profound encounters around death with animals as a result of being an equine barn manager and steward to animal companions…

    While one of my cats was in the process of slowing dying at my house, I was taking care of some AMAZING draft horses at another location. I was weeping at the thought of having to take my cat to the vet to be euthanized as I was bathing a goofy, wise and wonderful 18 hand Clydesdale named Chase. Without prompting, he told me in a ‘matter of fact’ way that “death is a part of life.” From this comment, I realized that animals are SO in touch with the dying process because they are part of the natural world. Having the rest of the information from Danielle has made a big difference in how I grieve beloved animals crossing over.

    I’ll tell one more quick story that I love….. I had been taking care of a herd of horses as barn manager and they were such a delight; each one having their own stories of former careers and life experiences. One of the horses was a spectacular and elegant 17 hand Russian Trakehner named El Brus, named after the Russian mountain range from where he was born. He was retired from a highly successful career as a Grand Prix show jumper. He was very proud of his career and liked it when I told visitors to the barn all about his success. A couple of months after I left my position at the barn, I came back to visit. I went out to the pasture to give him hugs and scratches and he came up to me as I approached; we were dear friends. About three hours later I got a call from a friend who still worked at the farm who told me the vet had been called because El Brus had a severe colic and was going to be put down. I was stunned and tried to get there to say goodbye before the vet euthanized him. I lived 30 minutes away and when I arrived, it was too late. I went to his body and kissed him and laid with him, even though he wasn’t alive. I was grateful for the time alone with him, getting to touch him and talk to him before he was buried, although it was crushing that he was no longer living. As I made my way back to my car and walked through the front gate to leave, I felt his spirit running free and flying off into the air above me. HE DID WAIT FOR ME! His Spirit was with his body when I laid next to him. I felt SO honored that we left the farm together.

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  8. Janet
    Janet says:

    Before the two cats I have now, I had four furballs that I adopted from an older woman who became my friend and was a rescue worker. Each of the four cats had an amazing personality all their own. two were brother and sister, the others were from elsewhere. Together they were an amazing experienced, something that I treasured. And like any pet, when they get old and I mean like 15 yrs or more, things go wrong. My intention was always to feed, care and love them. mices to pieces. But I always feel guilty because I never have at the end of their lives the money for taking care of any health concerns that pops up. It is just too much for me to afford, so I feel intense emotional pain and sorrow for not keeping them alive, even though I know deep within my heart that it was their time to leave. I suppose I need to make it right with me, even though it was right with them. But two of my cats I can see in their eyes that they were not fully in their bodies. that spacey look. not fully focused.

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  9. Denise
    Denise says:

    I have always wondered about this, because I had read years ago that we also do the same before we die. Now knowing this helps me when I think of how cruel we are to animals. A couple of weeks ago a cat was beaten and put in a suitcase, then thrown into the river. Yep, the energy took a ding on that one — still bothers me! I still have a hard time wrapping my head around any animal allowing itself to be beaten like a piñata, tortured in a cage before it is butchered for meat, any of those scenarios. I am curious. When an animal has such a horrible ending, does that get carried into their next life?

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  10. Ken
    Ken says:

    Danielle mentions that through this process animals feel less pain as they are dying, but why must animals or humans feel any pain at all when they are dying? Why can’t we all just drift off to sleep and not wake up? If it is true we all choose how we are going to die, why would anyone choose some of the horrible ways in which people die?

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  11. Neal
    Neal says:

    Yes, the connection to our physical bodies lessen as it slows down and weaken. As we near physical death we actually begin to live our true nature, that of spirit. The “dying” seem to exist in two worlds as they ready to shed their bodies. They see friends and family who have already passed as well as those of us who at their side. Once we pass, we remember that we were truly spiritual beings all along. I believe it’s the same for us and our animal companions.

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  12. Lee Wilkins
    Lee Wilkins says:

    When we had to cross our sheltie Gabby over last April first I just knew it was time. The had a very appointment that day anyway. I was giving her a bath so she would be pretty for the vet. She just looked at me with Sad eyes. He tumor was bigger then her poor little body. I finished giving her the bath and told my husband that it was time she wants to go. She sat on my lap on the way to the vet which she never does in the car. When we got there the vet agreeded with us. They took her to the back room to prepare her and put us in the Zen room. As we sat there I said I hope we are doing the right thing. With that my husband said there’s your sign on the floor was a beautiful rainbow prism. We held her in our arms and she kissed us. I knew she was happy with our decision. This thing that you wrote makes me feel better. I still miss her. Also I really enjoyed seeing you in Doylestown, PA.

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  13. Beth Hofmann-Davies
    Beth Hofmann-Davies says:

    THANKYOU so much for this Danielle!!! And thank you to Colleen (your assistant?) for pointing me to it!!!💕
    -Beth

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  14. Lisa Sargent
    Lisa Sargent says:

    I wonder if that is true for all of them? My Sophie was playing as usual the night before she died, running out from under the couch to fake attack me as she always did. The day she died (she was only two), my son had been home from the NICU for only 3 days (he had been there for 28 days because he was born 9 weeks early) and was lying in his bassinet in front of me and Sophie, who was sitting on my lap. At one point Sophie leaned forward to look at Harry. After a few minutes I gently brought her back to a sitting position and she came without a fuss. She had been with me during my bed rest and she exhibited all sorts of unusual behaviors. For example, she pushed books off my bed and then looked from me to my husband when we were having an argument. There were other things, but you don’t need to know all this to make my point, but when I think about that day, I also think about her behavior in the days before Harry’s birth. The day she died, my husband came home and I went to take a shower. When I got out of the shower I saw my other two cats in the second bath when I walked by and I said “where’s Sophie” because it seemed unusual for them to be in there. I came into the living room and saw her in the laundry basket and said “there you are!!”, but she didn’t respond which was so unlike her that I knew something was terribly wrong. She was gone. Just like that. She did nothing different before I showered. She was obviously ready to go. Her job was done. Did I just not notice? I can’t even imagine that. She was so full of life and we were so close. I knew from across the room that she was gone so I can’t imagine I wouldn’t have noticed her spirit was leaving. I still feel her loss deeply. It’s been 12 years.

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  15. debra
    debra says:

    So comforted to hear this.I lost my boy in an accident and still feel sad about a euthanasia.I also worry about all the stray cats who are cold and hungry and the barbaric cruelty of animals today,such a comfort to understand this,thankyou danielle.As a beautiful thing that happend to us, my boy who was killed in a road accident,before he left the house it was strange because when we look back he had looked at me and jumped on to my lap,I immediately stroked him,then he moved across to my husband who just ignored him.”Stroke him!” I said,but he loved him greatly despite my telling him,and he stroked him too,my boy didn’t move until he was stroked,then he went to my son,who also stroked him.We were all sitting together and he literally went from one to the other,not moving until we stroked him,it was like he knew and was saying a last goodbye.

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  16. Heml
    Heml says:

    Good day Danielle!
    Thank you for sharing this. I picked up my dog in the field and he was dead. I carried him and cried like nobody’s business and then his heart started beating again. I then took him to the vet where he passed. Unsure what to take of this.
    Thank you!

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  17. Bobby McKnight
    Bobby McKnight says:

    Hello Danielle,
    yes, l have writen to you some time ago. When my Am Staff passed over..l had rescued her from California, an only had her only 22 , we were inseparable she was the apple of my eye an l was all hers. It was on Jan 25th that l took her to the vets to be put down..to my surprise the vet did an xray on the terminal bone cancer tumor on her foot…and called me to come in right away..her foot was broken. She couldnt have the heart to tell me. Cause we both knew Gracie an I that if she ever broke her foot l would gave to put her down. Their was nothing more to do. That morning before l took her to the vet with my dear friend who Gracie adored. He was lying on the couch.. Gracie had jumped up on the couch led down near his feet and kicked his feet for a while. She really only did that to me. An she knew l loved it..an then she jumped up into my bed that morning..l was in a semi fetal position sleeping on my side. Gracie slept with me every night. We always touched an she always moaned when l touched her..she loved her mama hard!..so when Gracie jumped up on the bed l was half asleep she curled up in a ball right in my chest. Luke she belonged their an moaned l put my arm around her an said..Awe look at you coming to give mum a love.. actually she was having her last complete closeness with me..l had no idea..when l brought her to the vet that it was the last day.. but she knew. She played it off real good in all with a broken foot…an how long did she have that..l cannot even think on that!. My precious Am Staff Gracie Mae..they love so hard!
    It’s been very hard losing her..it’s rocked my entire world. But she comes to me in dreams. In meditation..an certain songs that l live an haven’t heard for years. She comes throught!

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  18. Michael Cap
    Michael Cap says:

    This was the case with my German Shepherd. We had to rush him to the University of Auburn Teaching School of Veterinarian Medicine this past Sunday (03/12/17)..one week ago. He had a nose bleed and we told the doctors that money was not an issue and to do whatever it took to help him. My wife and I were planning a trip to see him Thursday morning (4 days later) but he went into cardiac arrest on Wednesday evening after two transfusions, bone marrow biopsy, several x-rays and being placed on a steroid. I remember one of the veterinarians there told me on Wednesday morning that he seemed more lethargic than he had ever been since his arrival but his vitals were good and he took the second transfusion well so his blood cell count was strong. Another odd occurrence that same day is that he ‘visited’ my wife early on Wednesday morning very briefly in her sleep (my wife is extremely sensitive to loved ones that have crossed over) and I also felt his presence that same morning when he was still ‘alive’ at the University. Looking back by wife said ‘ that was my sign, that his soul had left Wednesday morning well before his death Wednesday evening’. We were devastated…he came to ‘visit’ her early Saturday morning in a ‘dream’ because we were grieving so badly. He told her things that only him and I shared from a previous experience together two weeks prior….I guess i will stop the story here so as not to sound too bat s**t crazy….that is a story for another day, I suppose.

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  19. Deni
    Deni says:

    We have lost our chihuahua 6 months baby dog two days ago in a very terrible way trying to put a strap on him, something went wrong and by mistake my husband pulled him harder with the strap, the dog strangled and died for seconds. It happened in front of my daughter, and we were shocked I didn’t know what is happening, couldn’t realize it, took her in side the room not to see him. We are feeling very bad now, missing him so much. Specially me, I got very depressed, can’t handle the pain from his absence.
    Can’t forgive my husband, because he killed him by mistake. Don’t know what to do, how to get over this.
    Please help me?

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  20. Sherry ZWICK
    Sherry ZWICK says:

    THANK YOU. I still struggle with highway deaths, cruelty and dead animals found on my property. Say nothing of the squirrels and birds my Christopher hunts, kills and eats. (This one is getting easier for some reason)

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