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By pgavares@gmail.com on 2013-03-10
Post ID: 434

      On March 5 2013 I woke up to find my 11 and a half mixed
      dog Lucy dead in my bed next to me.
      There was no warning.A month before we had to put her mother
      April, down after 18 years.
      I cannot explain the pain.
    

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By muirismac@live.com on 2013-02-24
Post ID: 424
hi mary sorry to hear about your pet,i lost my boxer dog today he was only 15 months,he always had a bad heart,was on tablets for it,doing ok the vet said to try a new brand,said they were better,my buddy died 4 days later today,im gutted,should i have stuck to the tablets i knew,you miss them when they gone

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By muirismac@live.com on 2013-02-24
Post ID: 425
hi mary sorry to hear about your pet,i lost my boxer dog today he was only 15 months,he always had a bad heart,was on tablets for it,doing ok the vet said to try a new brand,said they were better,my buddy died 4 days later today,im gutted,should i have stuck to the tablets i knew,you miss them when they gone

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By muirismac@live.com on 2013-02-24
Post ID: 426
hi mary sorry to hear about your pet,i lost my boxer dog today he was only 15 months,he always had a bad heart,was on tablets for it,doing ok the vet said to try a new brand,said they were better,my buddy died 4 days later today,im gutted,should i have stuck to the tablets i knew,you miss them when they gone

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By rcresmen@comcast.net on 2013-02-09
Post ID: 423
We lost our dear Angel yesterday. She had 8 good years with me but died outside when I let her out to go. Found her outside the door lying in the snow. I lost it! I tried everything from CPR to praying. But she was gone. Took her to the vet office as I had to know if I had killed her. Maybe out too long or what had I overlooked. Vet told us she had a tumor on her heart and it had stopped the blood flow. I just cannot believe she is gone. I was going to retire next week. And traveling with her was in my plans. So much for plans. It shows how your whole life can change in one moment.

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By helenleona2000@yahoo.com on 2012-12-03
Post ID: 421
we had 7 shih tzus in our home. my husband went out of town for heart surgery and I left my dogs with my sister-in- law on Sunday. I came back and got them on Tuesday and took them back to her house on Wednesday. On Friday night I was on my way to get them and about 15 minutes before I got there the youngest which was 4 years old passed away suddenly. My husband and i are both devastated over our loss. I am having an autopsy done on her to find out the cause. This not knowing is tearing us both up

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By michaelgrefe@yahoo.com on 2012-10-17
Post ID: 433
I am sorry for your loss. Please don't blame yourself as I am going through that right now. I lost my beloved Tinkie who was approximately 14 years old a few days ago. She had been struggling with walking and I knew that she was having issues with her heart as she had a heart murmur. It was very hard for her to take a long walk anymore or walk more than a few blocks. She had a lot of pain in her back leg and had trouble walking.  I encourage her to get more exercise and placed her on a strict diet. I added additional vitamins and she seemed to be doing better and then she started to thpost up but she always had tummy issues so I was not worried and I was more worried about the carpets. I took her to be groomed and she seemed to be OK and when she came home that night but she was very disengaged and did not want to eat. I thought that since she was a little overweight that would be OK so I didn't force her as long as she drank some water.  About 10:00 that night she threw up very heavily and I put her outside because I did not want her thposting up on the carpets anymore and then brought her back in and she could not stand up.  The last time I took her to the vet it cost me $500 and they ran a bunch of tests that basically could not tell me anything.  I thought that maybe she was just feeling really badly and that she would be better in the morning and I wasn't sure if running her to the vet in the middle of the night was the best thing to do.  I'd tried to get her to sleep as she was trying to get up but kept falling over and I did not want her to hurt herself.  I had no idea she was having a stroke otherwise I would have rushed her to the vet immediately.  I was exhausted that day from work and taking Tinkie to the groomers as I have my own health issues. I suffer from chronic fatigue and cerebal palsey. I had to take a nap right by her bed and thought I would wake up and check on her, I ended up sleeping for 2 hours and woke up and she was gone. I feel guilty that if I wasn't so tired that day or if I did not have to work as hard as I do to keep my job to keep a roof over my head for me in Tinkie that I might have seen signs and help her but maybe it was just her time.

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By jseitz@bellsouth.net on 2012-09-21
Post ID: 432
Just this morning I lost my beautiful boy Duke after 10.5 years. It was sudden and unexpected and our hearts are breaking. . He had eaten dinner and been fine earlier in the evening - getting underfoot and looking for attention as his 85 lbs. of love always did. He was lying with my daughter and I, and when I went to bed he was by my side as usual. Because he was always nervous and panted heavily with storms when I awoke to his panting at 4:44 am with the thunderstorm, I thought nothing of it. And he and his best bud Shadow even wanted to go out for a quick potty break which they often did so all seemed normal.  So normal that I shoed him out of the room so my youngest daughter wouldn't wake up.  At 6:15am my daughter got up to use the bathroom and came running back to tell me that Duke didn't look good. He was laying on his side almost gasping for air. He lifted his head and looked at me vacantly with his tongue to the side. He made one last effort to turn away so the children wouldn't see and within minutes he was gone.  I can't believe he is gone. What presence and personality he had - just an amazing spirit.  He came to us with a severely deformed leg at just 6 months old and never ever, ever complained. He was an incredible dog - so full of life despite his issue - always happy and making us laugh. Everyone who met him loved him - even kids who were afraid of dogs would leave our home unafraid and eager to come back to visit our Dukie. And at his size and stature that was a tribute to his sweetness - what a gem. I am so so sad and will miss him terribly. What brings me some peace is that my father who passed almost a year ago to the day adored him as he did my dad - and I know they were happy to see each other on the other side. I will love you and miss you always Dukie my sweet boy.

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By B_FISHER.SWIFT@YAHOO.COM on 2012-05-23
Post ID: 422
MY DOG PASSED AWAY,4/20/12.HE WAS 72 DAY'S FROM BEING 14 YEAR'S OLD.HE WAS A PITBULL.HIS NAME WAS JUNIOR,HE WAS TRULY MY BEST FRIEND...I AM HAVING A HARD TIME DEALING WITHOUT HIM.AND WHY IT HAPPENED SO SUDDEN,HE WAS ACTING FINE,THAT NIGHT.GOING UP AND DOWN THE STAIR'S BARKING.THE ONLY HEALTH PROBLEM'S HE HAD WAS HE HAD TO TAKE THYROID MEDCINE.IT TOOK A FEW BLOOD TEST TO GET THE DOSE RIGHT.AND HE HAD KIDNEY DISEASE,AND HAD TO EAT A SPECIAL FOOD CALLED K/D.BUT EVERYTHING WAS WORKING OUT GREAT... I BELIEVE HE WAS STARTING TO GET ARTHRITS TOUGH,BUT THAT DID'NT STOP HIM...HE HAD SO MUCH PRIDE,I MISS HIM SO MUCH.....THE NIGHT HE DIED I DID'NT DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT,I LET HIM OUTSIDE TO PEE,ABOUT 10 PM AND WAS WITH HIM THE HOLE TIME,AS USUAL.WE CAME BACK INSIDE LOCKED THE DOOR'S AND WENT TO BED.I AWOKE AT 7 AM AND HE WAS DEAD.HE WAS ALREADY STARTING TO GET STIFF,HE HAD VOMITED,AND CRAPPED.I AM A LIGHT SLEPPER,AND I DID NOT HEAR A THING...I GATHERED MYSELF,AND TOOK TO THE VET,SHE TOLD ME HE HAD EITHER A HEART ATTACK,OR A STROKE.SHE ASURED ME HE WENT PEACEFULLY...I HAD HIM CREMADED.SO HE'S BACK HOME WITH ME NOW...

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By ostarraann@yahoo.co.uk on 2012-05-20
Post ID: 420

      I recently lost two German Shepherds in two days. I came here four years ago with five darlings, one Mummy Two Daddies and tw0 'babies' :) The first Christmas here Loulou died suddenly, quicker than a canary. She was one of those beings who are like Angels, they are never really of this World some how. Her loss was devastating to the pack as well as to me, she was our joy, funny little thing.She was only three. The vet had refused to get out of bed telling me 'it's just a bug !' ..... I left her body for 24 hours so the others could realise she was gone and then buried her in the garden so the others could see.
      After her death Daddy No1 started to become noticably frailer,she had alwats run next to him, I could see after whe was gone that he had been leaning on her, so sweet and so sad to see him struggling back with his ball alone, very slowly he became more debilitated, It was in the end DM, he could only move his head by the time it was right to have him put to sleep. Up till his end he still caught a ball and woofed and woofed happily but that morning he was in distress for the first time so I called my newly found vet to come and put him to sleep here, at home.He was 13.
      The night before I made the decision his brother had had to be rushed to the vets too, screaming in agony with Bloat, he made it though, that time.
      Daddy No1 was buried next to Louly.
      Mummy had a massive stroke just before Easter but was recovring amazingly and then !!!!
      A week after Easter 'baby's breathing started to become fast and shallow, he went to the vets, vet wanted to do tests. That night Daddy2 had a minor stroke !
      The next morning I took 'baby' in for tests ..the dreaded phone call ................... I said yes do it but wait for me, I bought his dear little body home for the others to say oodbye too and buried him the next day.
      That night Daddy No2 started screaming, bloat, rushed him up to the vet ...I've never moved so fast in my life. There was no saving him my darling darling Teddy Bear ..........Oh God it is a melodrama isn't it ? I had to take his body home to MaMa who was still hiding in the bathroom ..............
      I buried him two days later, I couldn't do a thing the next day but what I had to do.

      MaMa and I only now ....needless to say she is unbelievably spoilt now .............. No matter the last horrors of my darlings lives and we always know they are going to break our hearts ....I saw them all born, bottle fed three of them and helped MaMa wean the others ............ the pain is too too aweful now when I allow it but it will pass and the lovely memories will take over. Their life span is shorter than ours and most of our darlings do live out their lives ...........

      It is so unbelievable empty when they leave us though, isn't it ? :) xxxx
    

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By jgpetry on 2012-03-27
Post ID: 419

      I have a full article I posted somewhere here under Sheba, so I'll keep this very short and direct. This is what I did . No chicken ,no beef. Feed only sardines in olive oil (costco) , kibble that only has salmon as the protein, cooked sweetpotato and broccoli, and omega 3 pills( use a pin to make a whole and place in food.

      Also check if in house carpeting is poly/nylon-may be allergic.May have to put outside in an igloo with a nice comforter and a heat bulb. All of this worked for my sheba who also lost alot of fur and got black skin. Now 5 moths later after I took the initiative and after vet visits, my sheba is almost better than she was.

      PS: The grass in my yard does cause some paw itching, and the grass effects my skin as well. One day I'll put in kentucky blue grass.
    

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By LQHerring85 on 2011-12-23
Post ID: 412

      This morning around 4:00 am, my husband and I rushed my 9 week old minature pittbull to the ER. He had coughed up blood and seemed as if he was trying to cough up a hairball. while the vet was giving us options of how to handle this issue, Kaine (my puppy's name) died. I wasn't even given the opportunity to save him.

      I had my tubes tied almost two years ago and found out that i was pregnant in August. My husband that that an abortion (which is against my religion) was the best choice for our family. So when we got Kaine, I was a new mommy again. I loved him with all my heart. He was my child. So I feel robbed that he too was taken away from me.

      The doctor did not know what was wrong with him, execpt that he was suffering alot. And the lady at the fron desk said that in her opinion,she would have Kaine put to sleep.

      Noone knows why this happened and my heart feels empty because as a mother, you are suppose to protect and care for your children and keep anything from happening to them. Or at least see if there is a problem and try to fix it before it gets bad.

      I was not able to save Kaine nor have the opportunity to play catch with him in the summer or watch him chase my little girls around in the grass.

      The funny part to all of this is that I was never a huge animal lover and was treeified of dogs. But I would have given up EVERYTHING to save Kaine.
    

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By dkj on 2011-12-21
Post ID: 401
My dog Priddy died on Saturday he was 15 1/2 years.  I feel totally heartbroken and also guilty.  Prior to his death he had been diagnosed with Heart Failure or a Tumour, we had medication and he seemed to pick up.  I went out Saturday for a few hours to come back home to find that he had been sick.  He wanted to go outdoors so I let him out where he led.  I phoned my husband to say I did not think he was well.  By the time my husband arrived home I knew he was dying.  I feel so guilty that we could not get him to the vet in time to put him to sleep.  Yes he died naturally but I hope to god he felt no pain.

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By junista on 2011-12-11
Post ID: 400
My heartfelt sympathy.  I how how much love you can have for a pet....my dog is very sick and in the hospital now.  I pray he survies his low platelets and further testing.  I am so sorry for your loss.

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By agreenberg on 2011-12-11
Post ID: 411

      My dear Mollie, 12 year old cocker spanial, died Saturday morning.  She got up at 5 am and something happened on the stairs. We don't know if it was a heart attack or a seizure or what.  By the time she landed she took a few breaths and that was it.  She had been having breathing problems and was coughing badly for the past few weeks and had a bout with cancer three years ago.  Given her age it was probably her time.
      This post is about what happened before she died.  Friday Mollie kept staring at me until I pet her, she was always a sweet affectionate dog but this was extraordinary.  She kept leaning against my chair and trying to get as close as possible. She stuck around with me until bedtime. Her death is heart breaking as I'm sure all the dog lovers out there could imagine, but the feeling that Mollie wanted to spend as much time with me before she left is tearing me apart.
      Has anyone else had an experience like this?

      Alex
    

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By schabacker on 2011-12-11
Post ID: 418
We just lost a beautiful sweet 6 year old Bichon quite suddenly. Thursday, she was fine and spent the evening on my lap and the night in the bed.  Friday morning, she was a little lethargic but still interested in eating and socializing. She vomited once and seemed nauseated in the evening.  Gave her some water and put her to bed.  She welped once at 4:20 am was in respiratory distress.  She stopped breathing  while I was on the phone to my wife who was away on business.  I think she died as I was putting her in my car to go to the animal ER.  This dog was my best friend and was 100% sweet.  She wasn't even grumpy with me as she was dying.  We will always miss Pearl.  Cannot figure out what she died from.  We declned the necroplasty. There was no blood, swelling, paralysis, discoloration or fever.  If anything, her body was too cool.  Sad in San Diego

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By edna.hilario on 2011-12-05
Post ID: 416
Hi i'm so sorry for the lost of your baby. I myself have lost my pee-wee (shih tzu) last Saturday (dec. 3, 20011) at the age of 5 months old. We treated him as a son. We took care of him as i took care of my kids. He was very sweet and playful. He cools me down when i feel mad and makes me smile when im sad. I did my best to make him alive. I brought her to the vet and bought all the medicines prescribe by the doctor. My kids and I loved him very much and it is so much pain that we were not able to save his life from his illness. I cried in pain until now and i wish i can see and hug and kiss him again. My husband and friends tells me to get a new one. But I feel the bonding and attachment i've got for Peewee can never be replaces by any new puppy. We love peewee very much. I still cry... i miss him very much

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By renee.rancourt on 2011-12-05
Post ID: 417
Joanne B.. wow.. you are very close to me.. I'm in McKinney, Texas and that is the ER vet we have used.  I feel your pain.  I lost both of my yorkies within a year (10/21/10 I lost Sadie and 10/3/11 we lost Samie) Samie spent the night at the ER on 10/2 and we got her home but she suffered from collapsing trachea.. I had oxygen here for her to keep her comfortable but I had NO IDEA she was not going to survive.  It was so very sad... The staff at that ER vet are amazing. In fact, they were on the phone with me when my Samie passed away.  I'm so sad.. We do have a sweet puppy Yorkie (Bella) that we got this past June.. IF we didn't have her, I'd be crying more than I already am.  It's so sad to lose them.  Sadie and Samie were my first dogs and losing them was a first for me.  I never felt such pain.  Renee R...

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By texasjo on 2011-12-03
Post ID: 415

      My beloved Beanie Baby, a 13-yr. old Bichon had convulsions while I was driving, and it took me 20 minutes to get to the ER on George Bush and Custer.  They came out and grabbed her.  I visited several times.  She looked better at first, then the next day I was told she would never be normal, walk, hear, or even drink her water, so it was time to say a tearful goodbye.
      She's all I had left from family and friends, all gone, and
      we did everything together for 12 yrs.  I wanted to die with her.  I'm better for reading Pet Loss on Google, and writing to the woman who wrote it.  I'm signed up for this because of the story told by the person (Philip?) who took their dog to the Forest Lane Animal Clinic, and they killed it without even saying "I'm sorry!"  How awful.  I live in Plano, and I'll tell everyone I know about that.  I got many cards, and everyone at the vet's place signed it, plus they brought Baby to me in a beautiful quilt, with sorpost in their eyes, and the doctor who administered the three shots said how deeply sorry she was they couldn't help her more, and she had to do that.  They were so sincere.  I wish I had an autopsy, and one reason is my other dog died after a rabies shot.  Now, both Bichons were not in the best of health, and I wonder if I get another one is it because of overbreeding.  I'm going to a Bichon party tomorpost evening, and hope I get some help.  I'm sorry for all who lose their sweet pets.  Baby meant the world to me, I'm all alone now.  Everyone says "get another one " but I have to grieve first, and besides, I hate loving anything that much again.  I may die before the dog, then what?  JoAnne B.
    

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By dennyjames on 2011-11-29
Post ID: 414
dear marilynllogiudice, if you are giving your baby any medications, antibiotics etc, please tell your vet to think about if there may be an allergic reaction or adverse effect from the drugs. Also if you are near any university where there is a vet school, and if you don't know call your vet or any other one in the phone book, and talk to them or take your poochie to someone else. don't wait because things can happen quickly. God bless you and your baby.

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By marilynllogiudice on 2011-11-28
Post ID: 413
Yogi my pride an joy operated on about a mon.ago.3 fatty tumors,1 cyst near eye,teeth cleaned,nails trimmed.now it looks like i may have to put him down.holdin bac tears,only at night, comes lookin for help.panting,havin trouble breathin,drools,can only walk half a block,maybe,appetite goin,fearful of noises &certain sounds,sits up next to me all night,so tired in day wants to sleep.when he does or goes into rem he jerks.feet,head,heart pumpin,doesn't look like he can breathe properly,looks like a seizure but block is missin.doesn't fall down,paws don't stiffen,an he knows who we are.losin some hair not just sheddin,vet has seen him at least 1xp/wk says hes ok cause gums r pnk,ears ok,vitals ok.but he isnt with him at night.he sees a tired dog who wants to get the hell out of his office which before he loved goin there. this all happened after operation he got a hot spot under chin.dr.shaved hair, gave antibiotics an prednizone to stop itching, that was the beginning, now he thinks i'm nuts callin sayin its an emergency. IT IS!!!no tests were takin of him afterwards. live on limited income from SS can barely pay rent. takin nitro myself.me or Yogi is goin together or who first?help someone!opinions,suggestions,...stay away frm money-don't have.Yogi,Yogi,Yogi. i feel so guilty for havin these benign tumors takin out-all because i was told he wouldn't be able to walk if the ones near inside of paw an near groin didn't get removed. all was done for $500 his regular vet wanted $1200 to remove 2 of them. someone talk to me.i'm pullin up all kinds of info onp/c an its about little dogs. Yogi is 8 an weighs 107.on diet. never hurt a fly loves kids an adores an welcomes hugs an pettin from others. omg!help me!please!!!

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By bycefam on 2011-11-270
Post ID: 399

      dear high.pockets,

      I am glad you know you did all you could do - I on the other hand feel at complete blame. I am a Dental Hygienist, and over the last several years we have learned that bacteria from the mouth can get into the heart stream creating an infection of the heart. That is why they tell us to have our dogs teeth cleaned. Pixie had bad teeth from the beginning - we used to call her "snaggle-tooth" and so I should have been even more concerned. I just didn't take her in to do it! I feel like she would not have gotten the heart murmur in the first place had I had her teeth taken care of! The vet told me they have diagnosed heart murmurs in dogs, cleaned their teeth, and the murmur has gone away. I feel so awful I can't even tell you! Very grief stricken right now.
    

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By high.pockets on 2011-11-27
Post ID: 398

      Thank you all who have shared your stories and my heart goes out to each and every one of you.  We lost our beloved 9 year old lab/beagle mix one week ago today from a sudden collapse situation.  It's so hard when it's so sudden but I have to be thankful that she didn't suffer.  She was playing with my son and his friend collapsed, let out a long, loud howl and died.  I did CPR on her but it was obvious she was gone.  We believe (through talking to our vet) that this was probably a stroke.  It's hard not to feel guilt and I want answers but I don't believe there was anything we could have changed or done differently to prevent her passing.
      These stories let us all know we are not alone in what we have gone through and in the intense grief we feel.  There is a poem called The Rainbow Bridge that was given to me about losing a dog.  It has given me great peace and something to look forward to when I see Dixie Lee again when she and I will be reunited and we walk over the rainbow bridge to Heaven together to see our God.
    

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By dennyjames on 2011-11-27
Post ID: 406
goldpalms, i posted above but i wanted to share a few similar things with hayley who was also a miniature schnauzer. she was having trouble getting up on  her hind legs for a few months, but the vet was thinking it may be spinal. this is similar to your sparky. also how she went was similar and she also appeared to be fairly healthy as to eating, appetite and stools, etc. you have an interesting theory. wonder if anyone else has a similar story.

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By 4yorkiemom on 2011-11-27
Post ID: 407
On Thanksgiving night I lost one of our precious fur kids, Rosie.   She was 16 and lived a long loving life, but it was so sudden that she passed.    She was very lethargic and not eating, just sitting and staring at "something".     During the holiday dinner, she ate turkey, but continued not acting like the baby girl we knew.    Suddenly she started breathing hard, and it sounded like a she had some fluid on her lungs.     She howled twice and died... in her daddy's arms.    I can't believe she went so fast.    She was seemingly normal up to that moment.    She did have tumors on her skin, but she had had them for years.   I don't know if it was old age, or there was something else that took her.    I have a huge hole in my heart and three yorkies that saw their sister die.     I know she is in heaven and will watch over me, but I really miss her tremendously.      Melanie

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By bycefam on 2011-11-27
Post ID: 408

      dear anniecholaykan,

      I am so sorry for your grief! I wish I could give you a hug and share it with you because mine is so deep too. I feel depressed and like I will never get past this - or even that I feel guilty getting past it! I don't want to lose her memory! Part of my wants to get another Shih-tzu right away to help me be busy to get through the pain, but I feel too guilty. I need to honor her memory. But it hurts so bad I can hardly stand it! Pixie and I had a connection that I only felt as deeply with her. She understood me too, and has been with me through thick and thin, and traveled all over with us (several moves). I just want her back so bad! I want her to trot out from under my daughter's bed, or scratch the wall to tell me she needs to go our, or put her paws up on the side of my bed at bedtime so she can sleep with us. My husband travels for work during the week, and I am so going to miss my ritual of putting the kids to bed, putting on my shows, grabbing a snack, and giving them (I have a Boston Terrier - Chilie as well) little bites of cheese or applesauce while they sit next to me. I will also miss her bark when we she begs while we are eating our dinner at night. If you need to unload, please feel free! I am feeling for you!
    

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By dennyjames on 2011-11-27
Post ID: 409
hi there, coincidentally, my mini schnauzer Hayley died suddenly and also on November 25, and it was her birthday (12 years old). she had an enlarged heart but was just at the vet and he said it was at a "2" so we were managing it and i was giving her supplements and herbs. she had lived with a heart murmer and the heart condition for years. what happened friday, on the 25th was, we were walking her and her buddy Kai and Hayley was walking a bit slow. Suddenly, her back legs gave out, then her front ones moved forward, almost like a seizure. i ran to pick her up and while in my arms she started making a pained crying sound and within about 5 seconds she was limp. I couldn't believe she had actually died and when i got home with her, we called the vet and he asked us to hold a pair of glasses up to her nose and check her eyes with a flashlight, and there was nothing. I wanted to tell the above person who just lost their baby the same day, that this is the second dog i have lost and in the last few minutes and seconds, they don't realize you are there, so you shouldn't feel guilty that you weren't there. the vets have told me this is so. i am glad this time she was in my arms, but i know it is me, and not Hayley who feels this. Hayley and any of our pets we love, know we have taken care of them and they are appreciative while they are alive and perhaps even looking down upon us from their doggie heaven. God bless our animals who give us more than we can ever return to them. my heart is broken, but we have to be glad for the time we have with them. best wishes to all, denny

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By bycefam on 2011-11-27
Post ID: 410

      Hello!

      I just read your post and have a terrible, similar story. My bpostn-eyed-girl Pixie (Shih-tzu) was diagnosed with a class two heart murmur mid-May, by our vet in Colorado. He said have it checked in 6 months. Fast forward to this past week..... Pixie was doing fine, or so I thought, when on Sunday night she came out of the bedroom, sat down, and I noticed her head bobbing up and down slightly. She then just started at me. After becoming alarmed, but deciding to keep an eye on her, I noticed she was restless and moving about. She threw up her dinner at one point, and then I listened to her chest as I noticed her breathing had quickened. Her heart was racing. At 2 am I took her in to the emergency room, where they put her on oxygen. They told me at some point she had coughed up some blood - not good. The ER doctor - who was wonderful and compassionate, told me she thought it was Congested Heart Failure, and that I should see our vet first thing that morning. Monday morning I went to see our vet, who told me her heart murmur was now a class 5, and was alarmed that it had increased from a 2 to a 5 since May. She highly recommended we see are cardiologist, and believe me, if we could have afforded it, we would have! She put Pixie on meds to keep the fluid out, and a heart med, and took blood work. Blood work came back that something else was going on, but not sure what. Put her on antibiotics. She refused to eat. Had to syringe feed her - horrible! Poor baby! The meds worked ok for a couple of days, then on Friday morning we had her back in - breathing harder again. Had a chest exray done, to see how large the heart was which would determine the prognosis. Doc said has seen many dogs at a class 5/6 (6 is worst) and truck along. Still thought something else was going on, and if we could just get her appetite back, maybe she could fight the CHF and live a bit longer. (At this point, we knew that going to the cardiologist would only tell us what was going on, not fix her heart). Doc gave her a couple shots and sent her home. She got worse, and we ended up having to put her to sleep the Friday after Thanksgiving. I am absolutely heart-broken, and was not ready for this! Pixie was to turn 11 Jan 29th. Shih-tzu's generally have a longer life span, so I was banking on at least a few more years. I feel depressed and so very sad. I loved her so much, she meant the world to me!
    

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By acn726 on 2011-11-25
Post ID: 397
Last friday when I got home from work my precious little 11 month old puppy Jingles was laying on the floor barely breathing. I ran to call the vet and just that quick he was gone. He was a healthy and happy little guy. My heart is broken, and I can't stop thinking of him. Today he would have been 1 year old. It's killing me to think that he was alone at the time, and it maskes me so sad to think he suffered. My eyes are full of tears right now and I can barely see the keyboard so I'll say bye. Bless all our beautiful, furry children.

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By Anniecholakyan on 2011-11-20
Post ID: 396

      My 5 1/2 year old Maltese was having his daily walk on September 29, 2011. The least I new was it was the day I was never going to see my baby again he was walked by my mom and while my mom was looking over my other dog who's very sick with severe seizures the sound of a crash was the sight of my baby thpostn in front of her feet he ran middle of the street when my mom didn't realize and a car hit him and drove off. I grieve like a part of me is gone I hurt inside like a deep open wound I can't explain how I'm hurting. I quickly rushed him to local ER to have him resesitated found out that he had instant death his neck was broken. I'm in severe depression I can move I can't go on knowing the was he passed. He was my everything the only soul that understood when I needed love I wish I can turn back time and change that day.
      I think was he hungry, did he suffer? Oh god why did you let this happen why???? I just am very angry at life ... I can't blame my mom more than she's punished her self for taking her eye off of him for a second and his life was taken away.  Everyone's telling me to buy another dog to get my mind off of my Pucci but I can't my 4 1/2 old Boy Maltese Pucci's brother started getting seizures march of 2011 till today his seizures have gone to another level he runs all over the house now hitting his head on walls I barely maintain to catch him n when that happen it happens about 7 to 8 times back to back I mean Dr's say it might be a liver shunt he's on 3 different medications about 3 times a day. I lost one dog to a car accident and now my one and only to a sickness no Dr can detect all vets want is $$$ but they don't know nothing!!! I'm at a point where my little one is suffering and only choice left is to put him to sleep to take him out of his mysery how is it possible to lose 2 dogs you've raised from birth and have them leave you right about same time !
    

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By imhis2011 on 2011-11-19
Post ID: 405
I would contact a company called Amber technology and ask them if they have a natural cure for this condition.  It may sound unbelievable but I have personally witnessed a 3 day cure for deadly Parvo in 14 puppies.  There may be a distributor in your area, and they are the most helpful, caring, knowledgeable people you will find.  Their web site is ambertech.com

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By hardttx on 2011-11-17
Post ID: 404

      While he's not dead yet, his chance of survival is 30 percent, and that's only for 60 days.  The impending death of my baby is taking me by storm because he was barely 4. In 1 night he went from being a playful loving dog to not even being able to support his hind legs.  We took him to the emergency vet who diagnosed him with IMHA.  Pretty much his body is destroying his red blood cells--it's a rare autoimmune disease.

      While he's not gone yet, i mourn him every day.  He's at a specialist vet receiving expensive treatment, but he's not responding well to it.

      He's given me so many memories.  Helped me get thru the hard times, helped me enjoy the good times.  I just hope he's comfortable and that he knows how much he's loved.
    

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By willocat on 2011-11-16
Post ID: 403
Please don't think I'm crazy but there have been too many sudden deaths of young dogs. Do any of you feed your dogs Pedigree canned food, Nutrish dry food, Waggin Train treats (Pig skin Twists with Chicken Liver Centers) or Pedigree Dentastix. The morning my dog passed I had given her a sausage patty from McDonald's. When I left her she was fine. I'm so sorry for all of your losses. I wish I had been there for her like she has always been there for me.

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By willocat on 2011-11-16
Post ID: 450
I,too, lost my black lab cocker mix. It was Saturday, November 12, 2011. Totally unexpected. I keep hoping I'll wake up. No lead was needed, she followed me everywhere. I will forever miss Lily.

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By kjhughes on 2011-11-15
Post ID: 395

      My beautiful black Labrador Guinness died four weeks ago today.He was only 4 1/2 years old. He had heart failure and there was nothing that money could buy to put it wright. He was the love of my life, my soul mate and we were never apart. Being a housewife and mother meant we were together night and day ( he slept between my husband and I).I would never go anywhere without him and would spend countless hours playing in our local parks and beaches every morning.He never used a lead and would walk attentively by my side always looking up at me wagging his tail.
      The grief I feel is profound despair. I can't move on. His face is constantly etched in my brain.I miss him so much and feel that he's been robbed of life.

      My heart goes out to all of you, and I feel your pain.

      We will all be reunited one day!

      God does not give you a companion in life, to separate you in death x
    

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By goldpalms on 2011-11-15
Post ID: 402

      Like many readers I lost our schnauzer of 11 years to a very sudden onset of illness, then rapid death.

      Others at my children's school also have mentioned to me of their pets sudden death.

      For anyone reading this comment and the others posted in the fall of 2011 with knowledge of what this may be, please comment.

      Sparky presented with some stiffness in his hind legs 10 days before his death. The stiffness was progressive. He displayed increased thirst 4 days before he died.

      I want to comment to the readers that for 11 years we have always be on top of his vaccinations and he yearly had his "checkup" with our local vet including blood work with No Issues!

      The day before he died Sparky exhibited increasing difficulty getting up. Was passing normal stool, but began to urinate more frequently with dilute looking urine (no smell). This was on a Saturday.

      Sunday I came down stairs and found him sitting back on his haunches, like you may see a bear sit. He was struggling to get up, rolling around on his rear. I had to hold him up to let him take a drink, were he could support his weight on all four legs which he did without problem.

      From this point on Sunday the vet knew he was to come into the clinic Monday morning when it opened. He was insistent to be standing up, which he could not do on his own. I carried him for more than an hour outside were he was very aware and was looking around our yard. When I placed him in his bed he was noisy and passed very quickly.

      I have added this detail because I have never observed such a rapid decline in a dog over a few days. I have had dogs for more than 20 years and experienced dog illnesses, but never like this.

      Sparky had never been sick since adopted him at 4 mths as a rescue dog. The only point that strikes me as very unusual was everyone in my family had a very intense illness 3 weeks before Sparky showed signs of illness.

      Could the dog have picked up something from one of us?
      The high school were my children posted one of the highest absence rates in California for October, due to illness.

      Interestingly, several friends of our kids attending the same school recently talked to us about loosing their dogs, with symptoms nearly identical to that of Sparky.

      If anyone has heard of similar deaths in dogs (cats in our area don't seem affected) please comment. If this was an unusual virus capable of transmission from people to dogs, it could also go the other way. Our corporate Vet Pharmaceutical companies should be made aware and make available to the Veterinary community a vaccine to protect our neighbors pets and, in the end us.
    

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By kevalashawn on 2011-11-13
Post ID: 394

      I just lost my toy poodle Sonic today, he would have been 5 on Christmas day this year. I put him to bed in the garage last night where he's been sleeping for the past week, (I normally don't do that but I've had radiation treatment and didn't want to get him exposed). When I woke up to feed him i saw he was still sleeping and that's not like him at all so I went over to him and started calling him and then flipped him over and he wasn't moving. It really scared me because when i flipped him over to his left side his mouth was pulled up like he had been gpostling or drooling. Probably drooling because he looked so peaceful on his right side.

      I gave him a little rib peice from when we went out yesterday, do you think that could've choked him in his sleep or could he have had a stroke in his sleep? I don't know what else could have happened. I just feel horrible that I couldn't hold him a last time while he was alive because of my radiation treatment. I've been crying all day and when I stop I'm in shock that he's really gone and I start crying all over again.
    

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By kpernsky on 2011-11-09
Post ID: 393

      To the owners of Storm lost Nov 7, 2011:

      I am so sorry for your loss.  I also have lost my beloved Storm this morning very unexpectedly! :(  I found her lying on her bed.  She was also 7 years old.  A beautiful malamute who's had some joint issues, but has been very happy as of late!  I will love you forever Stormy-Girl! <3
    

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By renemark342 on 2011-11-06
Post ID: 389
i just read a sad story similar to mine about a lab that died suddenly. We also had a lab. He was a yellow lab, and just turned 6 years old.He was always healthy, and he weighed 100 lbs. He was acting normal all day,outside playing with our other dog, barking at the neighbors dog like nothing was wrong. He ate his food like he always does that morning. At about 4:00 pm,we gave him his second feeding. He didn't eat all of his food. We thought he might of had an upset stomach.Our dog had a habbit of eating everything he could sink his teeth into. well, he was laying on the floor like he always does. about an hour passed by,he let out a cry, and then we knew something was wrong. So, we called the vet, and while we was on the phone with the vet,he stopped breathing. The vet was on speaker phone walking my husband and I through cpr. My husband was pushing on his chest, while I was blowing air into his mouth. It was too late we lost our dog.He was like one of our kids. I just dont understand how a healthy young dog full of energy can die just like that. R.I.P. Taylor we love you

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By mommapeepz on 2011-11-06
Post ID: 392

      We just lost our male Boxer, CJ Marmaduke, he was only 71/2 years old. He died suddenly on October 29, 2011. I am still mourning over his loss. I am broken hearted because I was watching him play with the other two boxers as usual, he stopped and staggered as if he were drunk, and then collasped and was gone.
      Only 3 weeks earlier, he had a similar episode, but in less than a minute he was back on his feet, back to playing. I wish I would have taken him in then! We told the emergency vet this and he said he suspected it was a blood clot that took our lovable Marmaduke. He was gone in seconds. My husband tried CPR on him, but that didn't do any good. He had the most soulful eyes, he could look at you with those eyes and melt butter.
      I came across this site, trying to find an answer to what happened to my beloved Marmaduke. After reading some of the other stories, I am finding I am not alone. My heart goes out to each one of you that have lost your beloved family member. I too, lost. I love my animals more than most humans I know. Their love is real......no games. It will take a long time to heal. I am fortunate that I was able to hold him when he took his last breath.
    

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By gallantcrm on 2011-11-03
Post ID: 388
Until I found this website I was sure we were the only one that this had happened to and I was almost loosing my mind.  Our loving 2-year old Cairn Terrier, Sydney passed away on September 19, 2011.  I went for a walk with her and my son came with us on his bike.  She did not have a very good walk but I was thinking it was because of the bike, as she never did like it when the kids were on their bikes.  When we got home, she barked really loud (I had never heard her bark that loud).  Within a few seconds she was laying on her left side and her legs were straight and stiff and she was gone within seconds.  We could not decide on sending her for an autopsy but the vet figures it might have been a birth defect that was never detected. My husband and kids are dealing with this better than I am but now that I have found this website and realize that we are not the only one that has gone through this it makes me feel a bit better.  Last year I had sent her picture for a contest for the 2012 Calendar 'The 365 Puppies A Year' and exactly a week after she passed we got a letter congratulating us for our dog and a 2012 calendar.  She was selected to be on the calendar for December 6 and 7, 2012.  We miss Sydney very much.

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By Chad_E_Ault on 2011-11-02
Post ID: 391
We just lost our beloved big girl Mystic.  She was a beautiful newfoundland.  I had found her in the paper when she was about 2 and a half.  She gave us five and a half great years of love.  After reading some of the other posts I was compelled to write our experience.  It was sudden as well.  She had just celebrated her eighth birthday the day before.  It was Sunday.  She had just started not feeling well.  Just the night before I could barely keep her from rushing the trick or treaters at the front door.  Every little kid who she greeted with great curiosity commented on how beautiful she was.  The next day, she was laboring.  She started having a hard time breathing.  If she laid down it became worse.  So she sat up.  I took her to the vet Monday.  I had always had her checked out.  We went to the vet on a normal basis.  They always did a thorough check up.  Other than being a little over weight she seemed fine.  The morning I took her to the vet she was noticeably not good.  But like a trooper she went for the 30 plus minute ride to the vet.  I think it took all the energy she had left to get out of the car.  The vet checked her temperature and took blood.  He said he didn't like the sound of her heart.  Her temperature was okay but she had started to retain a good amount of fluid in her belly.  He wanted to put her on a ACE inhibitor a lasix for blood preasure.  I raced home to get her comfortable and gave her some medicine.  Unfortunately, it was too late.  She really started to labor in her breathing and our big girl passed away five hours later.  I am truly heartbroken.  No disrespect to anyone and there pets.  They are all very special.  This is more a comment on other pets I have had than in comparison to anyone else's pet as I know they are all amazing.  Having had several dogs gposting up, all of which were great, great dogs.  For me, there is some so very special about a newfoundland.  She was kind and gentle.  Innocent and sweet.  Loyal and protective.  Clumsy and cute.  Proud and honorable.  Obedient and trusting.  She was our big girl.  She was literally a big part of our life.  Something that cannot be replaced.  In time I will remember more of the joy she brought us in such a short time, but for now my eyes and heart are filled with tears knowing she is gone.  She will never be forgotten and always missed.

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By sea00nymph on 2011-11-01
Post ID: 390
My dog Chica died last Monday, October 24th. She also was in good health or so I thought. She had some problems with not eating enough this past summer, but the vet attributed it to the fact that she may be in pain because of a knee problem. On Saturday, we went for our usual walk, with my other dog Daisie, who is older about 10, Chica was 9, also a rescue like Quincy. Saturday she had some trouble jumping in the truck. But acted her normal sweet self. On Sunday, we also went for a walk, and about 4pm, she came by my side and was shaking uncontrollably, like she was very cold. I took her outside and massaged her, and called our local vet who was out of town. She told me to give her a tramadol for pain, and to bring her in the next day. I brought her to the vet on Monday, October 24th, and they gave her intravenous most of the day, and she appeared to be better. I picked her up at 4pm, we drove around while I did some errands and I notice she was whimpering, not a lot, but here and there. She was even in the front seat one time when I went to Safeway to get her some chicken breasts and rice. Well, when we got home she walked herself to her kennel in my house, and then her labored breathing started. I called the vet and she told me to take her temperature, ant it was high, it was 103. The vet tech suggested I take her to the emergency clinic down in Paradise Valley, we live in Sedona, so I got her ready to go, and when I got her to my suv, she got worse and died in my arms. I held her until she took her last breath. I am so overwhelmed with sorpost and just can't believe she is gone. A week ago she was happy, playing and her old self, and now she is gone. I was told that a tumor on her intestines ruptured and she was gone. I have cried for a week, she was so sweet and so loving. Daisie and I will miss her forever. Sylvia and Daisie

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By dawgdouglas.td on 2011-07-24
Post ID: 480
My name is lee a cple weeks ago my female boxer died suddenly she would've been 10 in september. That morning she acted fine then later that afternoon i heard yelping. Thought it was next door heard it again opened my bedroom door and Boo. That was her name was face down in rent of the couch yelping i thought she was stuck. I picked her up N noticed smting was wrong she begane panting heavily she couldn't stand her head was moving back N forth she then went limp i put on the couch i didn't know what was wrong i checked if she was choking but nothing then she gasped for air and that was it she died in my arms we had a good run Boo and I i really miss her i had since she was 6 weeks old for 10 years. I miss her every day she was my medical dog she took care of me and i took care of her iam a gpostn man and i don't cry for anything. Its like i cant control. It why did my Boo die suddenly. That day? The signed point toward. A heart attack. But why so suddenly.  I took care of her. Can someone give a lil closure. On this. She call's out for me call's out. To me one last time iam thankful. I was there for her i think she was letting me know and i was there for her i didn't want her to go i miss her very much

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By gotyakat on 2011-07-20
Post ID: 485
Its been a week since suddenly losing my 2 year old boxer! I'm stiIm crying, waking up thinking about her and seeing her eyes when she passed. What happened? Doesn't sound like BROAD! The day before she had thpostn up everytime she ate. She gave me looks that should've told me 'get her to the vet'. Over the past couple of weeks she began hating sleeping in my room. I sleep with door closed. Every night it was as if she was chlosterphobic. Plus she'd pant a lot. But on her last night, going to bed, she suddenly freaked out! She was jumping all over me and things in my room. She scared me acting 'out of control'. I couldn't get her to the back door fast enough! She immediately ran under our low deck. I could hear her panting very loud. Within minutes she let out 2 barks. That was her last breath! Harley, my boxer had died! Why?????? What happened?  I feel so bad and miss the way she would spoon at night! She was the best boxer ever! Someone tell me what you think happened? I'm Kathy n NC...

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By elainek8382 on 2011-07-08
Post ID: 479

      Does anyone understand what Bloat is?  So many of your posts talk about your dogs running around your home not being able to get comfortable or trying to vomit something up...

      Look up BLOAT...it's symptoms and it's prevention and practice this. I'm sorry...I try and let everyone know about Bloat...hundreds of dog owners..play rough with their dogs or take them hiking, biking, let them rough house with their fur siblings and then you feed them and what do you think that does to their stomachs?

      Like a kid...you have to wait an hour or more to feed them after a long hike..or heavy play...don't feed and give water either as you are just contributing to their stomachs blowing up and that is why they act the way soo many posts have touched the symptoms of BLOAT...

      I have this info on my refrigerator and If I need to leave for work or go out.I would rather wait and feed my dog when she has rested then have her die suddenly or have a painful few hours to few days and then bloat...

      when you feed a dog..wait a few hours before heavy play again....

      I'm sorry..I thought most people knew about this....

      Thanks and very sorry for all your loss's
    

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By bettyboopbb on 2011-06-28
Post ID: 484

      I have found, for me anyway, it is better to get another dog to love.  It eases the pain and diverts your attention to the new member of the family.

      I know the pain you are all feeling, I lost my little Pom at 1year 6 months old.  It was one of the sadist days of my life.

      My heart goes out to you all.

      Betty
    

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By semper on 2011-06-25
Post ID: 483

      Hello everyone,
      It's just over 5 weeks since our beloved German Shepherd died suddenly the day after her 2nd operation for Spindle Cell Sarcoma. Thought I had written this before but now can't find it so may have not done it properly. The pain should be getting better with time but no,still crying every day,just can't believe she has gone.Had planned to do so much with her over the summer,find new walks,start agility training. It just seems so cruel when all the birds are singing and the sun is shining that she should be lying in the garden instead of enjoying her life like she used to. Miss her so much and though would love a dog am feeling very guilty at even the thought of getting another one. Have been looking on the GSD Rescue site and there are some heartbreaking stories. We may go up to Yorkshire tomorpost to see a young Shepherd whose owners are ill and not able to look after him now. No other dog could ever take Willow's place but maybe we could give another dog a loving home.
      I know we all have to find some way to move on through life in spite of all the tragedy but for the last few weeks it seems as though we are having a nightmare that we can't wake up from.One day maybe i will write to you all with more cheerful news. My heart goes out to every one going through this same grieving process.
      Love to you all
      Jo
    

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By yvana05 on 2011-06-24
Post ID: 482

      Hi All:
      My heart is broken reading all your comments. I have a 4 years old Gold.Ret. and I always thinking if I loose her.........I don't how I will live without her. She is everything to me and we are extremely close.

      I have a friend who mentioned to me one day that when we have any pet in our lives, and they very close to us, "they will give their lives for the owner".

      I could not believe what she told me but at the same time I was thinking about it because my pretty Gold. when she sees me crying or very down she will never leave me at all not even to eat or drink and she won't go with anyone or my kids either.

      My mother is very ill with a terminal breast cancer and every time I'm calling her my heart is pumping so hard, in so much pain thinking this call could be the last one. At the same  moment my Baby is with her head on the top of my laps and she is looking at me trying to comfort me in every way, pushing me to get up or to follow her to play.She never gave up till she takes me with her.

      Then my friend called from the Hospital that she had a heart attack and the only thing she remembers when she waked up beside doctors and nurses it was her Little Princess a beautiful yellow cockatiel bird that she was flying beside her in her dreams saying her good bye.

      This pretty princess died at that moment when she waked up and till today my good friend is missing her so much. She said to me I will never ever can forget my Yellow Princess who save me. I owed her my life.

      Well my prayers and blessing are for all of you.
      ivana
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By hhe2025107 on 2011-06-21
Post ID: 486
I am so sorry to hear about your Jazzy. Sat night on the 18 my Taylor is was almost 6 was normal and playin as always he was a chimaumau and was like my son we went to bed as always he ate before bed and layed with me and always lick my leg when i woke up sun morning he was near my leg and when i said lets go outside he never did I thought he was sleepin in but to my worse dream my little man was gone. I will miss you my boy.

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By sam on 2011-06-21
Post ID: 487
I'm sorry for your loss Jazzy will be missed too.. It leaves a big hole in your life. God Bless.

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By y.briggs on 2011-06-19
Post ID: 474
I am sorry to all who have lost their beloved pets suddenly. I wonder what is worse, knowing they are going to die because of an illness or, like we have experienced, suddenly! Having lost my Yorkie Dilly suddenly last year I know the heartache it has caused. I miss her more as each day goes by and even after 15 months my loss is so great. How do others cope with their loss? I would like to hear what has helped them get through this terrible time.

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By achanceofrainn on 2011-06-16
Post ID: 473
@volchko1028 The same thing happened to my baby Zoe! It happened on May 14, she was sick the night before, thposting up water and panting. My parents took her to the hospital in the morning and she died on the table. Did the doctors say anything about it? I've been searching for answers since it happened and I finally came across this blog and your's was the first one I read. She was a black lab/collie mix and she was about to turn 8.

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By volchko1028 on 2011-06-14
Post ID: 481

      I lost my oldest baby yesterday, he was only 9. My sister and I went out one day to look for sweet corn and came home with a puppy instead, his name was Mak and he was a Husky mix. Rotten as you can imagine and always made us laugh, I have 5 other dogs and they are special to me also but the loss of Mak is devastating.

      I came home from work yesterday and went outside to feed my 3 boys that live in seperate kennels behind my house. Mak and Thunder are always sitting at their gate waiting and Mak barking for me to come in and play with them and give them their food and treat. Yesterday, however Mak was not out so I called him and he walked out of his house real slow and just sat down and began breathing heavy and shallow. The sitting down was not uncommom for last year he somehow tore both of his Achilles tendons in his hind legs and only could afford one to be fixed ($2300) was just a bit much. I went into his kennel and he usually ran to his gate with his little soccer ball in his mouth to greet me but not yesterday. I scooped him up and asked what was wrong and he seemed to just have an upset tummy but there was what looked like a raspberry smashed on his nose which turned out to be bird droppings, so I went to my house to get my phone to call the vet, by the time I got back to his kennel he could barely sit up and when I picked him up again he threw up straight water. I rushed him to my car where he threw up again this time it had a tint of blood to it and drove as fast as I could toward the nearest vet with my baby dying on the front floor of my car. Mak looked up and me and let out a little whine and just let his head fall so I started talking to him and telling him he was okay and I petted his head and screamed his name while my eyes welled up with tears I smelled that his body was letting out his gasses and knew that he had passed but I kept driving thinking someone could help me. I got to the vet and the Dr. examined him in my car and told me he was gone. I will forever remember that look on his face the last time he looked at me. He had come so far with his little legs being messed up and I had to lose him so fast.

      I wish there was something I could have done and there wasn't, he showed no signs the day before or even that morning that he wasn't okay. He was such a happy little boy and loved me so much as I do him, it hurts so bad to know I don't have him anymore. My only saving grace is knowing that he is in Doggie Heaven with his buddy Ike who passed away July 5, 2004 also unexpectedly. Ike always watched over Mak and was his buddy, now they can pee on anything and everything and have as many pup peroni sticks that they can fit in their bellies. I am completely devastated and haven't stopped crying since yesterday.
    

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By aliciagalante on 2011-06-10
Post ID: 478
Our healthy 14 yr old cairn terrier got deathly ill with infection/toxin and died suddenly after taking temarilP...I can't help but think it was a side effect from a bad batch of medicine or perhaps some bad dog treats or food that have poisoned him...on all of these sudden deaths posted on this site, aren't you trying to put it together.  Perhaps there is something in common with the sudden death to our loved ones????

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By joannegoguen on 2011-06-08
Post ID: 472
My beloved Maya a Siberian Huskey just three years old died suddenly last night at 6:28 pm. She was trying to spit something up for about a week, she is shedding so I just throught it was hair in her throat. I took her for our usual walk yesterday and she stop half way through, tried to spit something up. Last night my boyfriend took her to the park and she wouldn't get out of the car. He drove to the vet and she died on the way. I had them open her up and they couldn't find anything that caused her death. I dont understand I really dont. She was so young, playful and full of life. It just doesn't make sense. I cant stop thinking if we only took her sooner. I loved Maya more than anything in this world. My eyes are swollen and I cant stop crying, I cant eat or sleep. Why did this happen ??

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By Hickory_86 on 2011-06-06
Post ID: 470

      I lost my 4 year old Chocolate Lab on Saturday. I don’t know what happened. I put him in his kennel at Midnight and came to feed him at 7am and he was already gone. There were no symptoms or anything. I feel lost I do not have children so much like others he was one to me. We are outdoorsman and so was he! Any where we went he was with us. I am not sure how to feel. I am very broken inside. We have bred him 2 times and right now he has a litter that is 4 wks old and I feel like if I do not get one of his pups I will never forgive myself, but on the other hand I feel like I am cheating his memory! My husband feels that I need this for my grieving process but I am hurting so bad I am not sure what to do? Knowing that there are people going through this helps.

      The world is going to miss a great Sportsman and an even better friend!

      R.I.P Hickory "The Bird Dog" Beauregard

      "Watch those Birds Hick, Watch em."
    

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By hickory_86 on 2011-06-06
Post ID: 471
*mtuohy4* I am not good at this blog thing but i hope you get this... i know just how you feel. I am so lost. I have so may questions and noone to answer! I had a 4 yr old chocolate lab that passed away suddenly this last wkend. But i do not have children he was it! I never knew that your heart could physicaly break or atleast feel that way. I cry in my sleep. I feel him on the bed and wake up thinking all of this was a horrible dream! I want you to take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. I just found this website by chance and it is nice ot see i am not crazy! I know nothing anyone says will help with the pain trust me... But just know that you love that pup with every ounce of your heart and they did to! never for one moment blame yourself or second guess your love! I hope this helps.Like i said i am not sure how this works but if you need i am here to talk!

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By mrbmoran on 2011-06-01
Post ID: 477

      We went camping Memorial Day weekend and came home to our dog who was just as active and playful as usual then my husband comes in from mowing to get himself some water and goes back out to where Buddy was and he had passed. Buddy was a beagle and we had only had him for 6 years. He died May 30, 2011. Well He was to turn 6 on June 1st. I just couldnt believe that one minute he was barking and the next he just laid down and was gone with no signs of sickness. Healthy, Active,Happy, and definitely loved. What really has got me is that he waited until we got back home. I still hear him at the door like when he wanted to come in, his howl, and even thought I heard his very distinct bark. I know he is gone but I still get up to look out the window as if I am going to see him playing in the back yard. I have two boys who are taking this extremely hard and want to go get another dog immediately but I just think I am not ready to go through this again. Its ripping our hearts out. Budddy was definitely a true member of our family.
      RIP BUDDY- JUNE 1,2005 to MAY 30,2011 YOU ARE SO MISSED AND LOVED-OUR PRECIOUS TRI-COLOR-BEAGLE
    

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By kingbrod on 2011-05-31
Post ID: 469
My dear dog Ginger died last night. For the last week or so the vet and I thought she was having seizures. They were scarey things. Then last night she seemed to be doing well and her usual self. About 8 PM I thought she was having another one but it just seemed different. She kept wandering around like she couldn't get comfortable and then she lay down, lost control of her bowels and died. With-in an hour she was gone. I am so heart broken, it was so unexpected and fast. I guess this is better than if she suffered through a long terrible disease but still the suddeness and she was gone. I buried her this morning. I am so, so sad. It doesn't help that my cat died a little less than a month ago and now my Ginger. Rest in peace dear girl, I will see you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge when it is time. Love David.

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By spicecakes on 2011-05-26
Post ID: 468

      Your story about the recent sudden death of cocker spaniel brought me to an overflow of tears. Fortunately you were there holding your loved one. I lost the love of my life last September 8, 2010.
      She lived a great long life (13.5 years) my Spice-girl. I miss her terribly and feel for all the stories I read. I just signed onto "gopetsamerica.com". It's great to have a platform to support the grieving and platform to grieve.
    

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By memorykubanda on 2011-05-10
Post ID: 476
Thanks for your response.  I too am having a hard time.  I think I'm okay, but begin to rear up as I come home from work.  I think we just have to be resolved that we gave our pets a good life and try to realize it was just their time.  I don't think we could do too much but care for them and love them.  My daughter took her 12 year old basset to the vet last year for kidney stones.  The poor dog underwent a critical surgery, was in pain, and then one week later she died in the backyard while my daugher was at work.  The vet bill was $1600 and the dog should have never had this surgery at this age.  Hopefully, when ready, we will open our home to another puppy.  Take care.  I am really glad we can write our feelings about our grief.

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By jknowles022 on 2011-05-09
Post ID: 467
So sorry for your loss! I lost my 9 and a half yr old cocker spaniel yesterday morning. It is so devestating. I am trying with all I have to fight the tears today. Yesterday was prob the worst day of my life. My eyed are so sore and swollen today. Tyler was the best buddy anyone could have. There were no indications that anything was wrong. I found him on the living room floor when I woke up, he was so lethargic. I picked him up and tried to arouse him.... he layed looking at me. Then within 5 minutes he burried his head in my lap stretched his legs and stopped breathing. I have a yellow lab also, she doesnt seem to notice yet. I truely feel like a part of me is missing. Completely feeling your pain right now.

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By memorykubanda on 2011-05-09
Post ID: 475

      I am so glad this website is here. My Heidi girl, aussie/border collie was the best dog, faithful friend, and more.  She passed away about 4:30 AM on May 6th.  I too thought if I would taken her to the vet sooner  but because of her age and at other times she would rebound, I didn't.  After reading so many of the entries, I'm a bit comforted by knowing that just taking our dogs to the vet doesn't guarantee our dogs to live longer.  Heidi was almost 13 years old and hated car rides, being touched, brushed,and especially hated going to the vet. She began declining on May 5th.  She only was being a bit lathargic but still ate, drank, and went outside for awhile.  However, at about 10:00 PM she could hardly get up, fell and stayed where she fell.  She urrniated, there was some blood in it,

      I laid beside her for awhile.  I knew what was happening, but thought she would make it through the night and we'd go to the vet in the morning.  About 1:00 AM her breathing got fast and heavy.  She was now laying on her side.  Her legs begin to move and her head stretched back, eyes begin to bounce.  It looked like a seizure.  She stopped breathing, bowels discharged, and she was gone.

      I think all in all, I did right by her.  I felt guilty, but at least she passed naturally, was loved, and was not tested, proded, and medicated into a stooper for her final days.

      To all of us that love our pets as much as we can, we must realize this is part of life and at least these pets had a good life while here.  Some dogs and/or cats never get love or a home.  I don't want a replacement at this time, we still have our little Chihauhia at home (I don't think I spelled that right), but eventually, I will want to share our love again.

      Good-bye my   Heidi girl.
    

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By prest204 on 2011-04-28
Post ID: 466
I just lost my chihuahua at 11am and I'm still crying. I'm devastated and feel guilty. Woke up late and found her panting w/a blue tongue hanging outside her mouth. She was so very loved and a joy for 5 years. I feel much guilt for not "putting her down" eventhough she was diagonosed w/a severe heart condition. Even as I drove to vet I knew she was dead, I could not look her in the face. It's 11pm and I still can't accept her death, tears still flow. GOD I miss her so.....

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By beacher4321 on 2011-04-25
Post ID: 462
We just lost our 7 year old Bernese/Golden Retriever mix on Friday night.  He had lost a nail and when he started limping we took him to the vet to make sure it wasn't infected.  It was and the vet prescribed 1500mg cephelexin two times a day as well as two doggie type tylenol and a foot scrub.  We had him on that starting Wednesday the 20th. With his evening dose on Friday the 22nd he started foaming at the mouth.  At first I thought he just hadn't completely swallowed his last pill and it was mixing with his saliva.  He wasn't acting any differently.  He stood there just letting us soak his paw.  A half hour later we found him dead in the backyard.  How do you deal with that?  The vet said the bloodwork showed nothing.  The xray showed shrunken kidneys.  The vet claims the pills had nothing to do with that.  That there must have been some type of cardiac event or an underlying condition.  Should I believe him?

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By mtuohy4 on 2011-04-16
Post ID: 461

      I lost my 8-year old American lab sometime between 10:00 pm on April 12 and 6:00 am April 13th.  I did not see it coming.  He showed no signs whatsoever.  Everyday I would come home for lunch and let him in for the rest of the day.  On that Monday I had put him outside because it was beautiful which I had done so many times before and when my son came home from school at 2:30 he had let him in and said he was acting like normal.  I came home later that night after work and he greeted me at the door and we than left to take our son out to dinner for his birthday. We came home and he was acting normal as always.  He came over to me and I rubbed his head and he went and laid back down in front of the couch.  I went to bed a little bit before the kids and my youngest said he followed him and laid down on this blanket.  I woke up the next morning and saw him laying on his blanket and went to take a shower.  When I came out he was still lying there and I did not think anything about it.

      Finally I went to him and I realized he had passed away.  I feel so bad right now.  I need someone to help me to understand.
    

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By mporcaro on 2011-04-08
Post ID: 460
This just happened to our 10 year old peek a poo Piper.  We woke up yesterday morning to a screaching sound (which I thought someone got a paw stuck somewhere) to my peek a poo lying on her back on the floor.  I picked her up.  She was covered in urine and vomit and a piece of feces was behing her.  She was unresponsive.  When I picked her up, her head flopped to the side.  I was so panicked.  I wrapped her in a towel and held her.  We called the vet who didn't open til 8 (it was 6 am).  She had been diagnosed with renial failure.  We were controlling it with diet as well as various other medications.  I really felt like we had the renial failure under control.  The day prior, she was totally healthy and her behavior was very normal.  She ate, drank, played and did not appear to be in any distress.  I am conpletely shocked by her sudden death.  The vet feels like it was something vascular...heart attack or stroke.  She was my best friend and I feel so broken hearted.  I am so shocked that this happened.  My best friend was cremated today and I realize today that she is gone for good.  I am totally devistated by her death.

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By lilsexy828 on 2011-04-05
Post ID: 465
I lost my dog on Thursday the 24th 2011 At 12:30....Lucky was a mix of yorkie and poodle i had him for 15 years... there was nothing wrong with him i woke up on Thursday morning and he was fine then my brother came and told me that Lucky peed on the couch and then he pooped on the floor i went upstairs to see what was wrong with him he was laying on the floor and couldn't move i wrapped him with his favorite blanket and i put him on the couch i sat there for 10 minutes trying to figure out what was wrong with him but i was so confused i told my mom to sit next to him while i went down stairs to call the vet to see what was wrong with my dog the vet was closed i called the emergency line they did not answer i called 3 times while i was down stairs calling his vet i heard a 3 time bark and then my mom started crying as i went up stairs to see why my mom was crying she told me that Lucky had passed away :( i dont know why and what happened he was my best friend i don't have any kids so he was my baby i treated him like he was my son im so lost with out him i cry everyday i talk to him every day i dont know how to live with out him he was gone in 15 minutes not knowing why can someone please help me.

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By dchrz on 2011-03-31
Post ID: 464
Just lost our 4 year old beagle chase today. He was being treated for what appeared to be a neck injury.  He was on an anti inflammatory on and off foe two months.  Last week we took him off pills was great for 5 days then started acting as if in pain again.  On March 28th we started back on pills again two days later he seemed like his old self again. Last night we woke to him having a major seizure that wouldn't let up.  Took him to emergency animal hospital and they couldn't stop seizures.   He was given various drugs but wouldn't respond to anything.  On the morning of March 31 chase passed away.

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By footballmom1117 on 2011-03-28
Post ID: 456

      I lost my dog last Wednesday March 23 2011. He was a golden retiever 9 yrs old. The week before he had his teeth cleaned and had a bad reaction to a pre-med the vet told us they almost lost him but he was now doing fine. I bought him home and he was shakey but recovered quick started to eat and drink water the next day (thurs March 17). He seemed to only get better as the days went by I was giving him an antibiotic twice a day clindamtcin 300 mg. On Wednesday 23 I was home at 1:30 put the dogs out I have two others everything seemed fine when I got back at 4:00 my dog was on the floor head jerking and had vomited by the time I got down on the floor with him he was gone. I can not understand this please help if anyone can help.
      Footballmom1117@aol.com
    

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By jd_lickly on 2011-03-28
Post ID: 463

      I took sufffered a quick loss with my male Border Collie Rodrigo.

      Rodrigo was taken from meon March 25, 2011. He suffered multiple seizures and eventually status epileptis.
      Rodrigo was a male border collie with possible austraulian shepherd. He was a rescue dog, believe he was originally from a Ranch. I live in rurual Nevada and where he was from was about 2 hrs away in a very small ranching town. I received him when he was about six months old. He was very timid and cowardly, leading me to believe he was abused. He was found in a very small ranching town and taken to the shelter, which was two hours away in my town. It took a long time to teach him trust and in him I found love and he become a companion for me. He always seemed very nervous and on edge. Once I taught him to play fetch, something that took a little time for him, it was love for him. He revolved around playing fetch and he often would not eat or sleep unless his ball was next to him. The only times I had witnessed Rodrigo calm and asleep only when he was in his kennell, where he felt safe. I know think that if I didnt have him rest in his kennell, his mind wouldnt have shut off and he would stay up all night running the house.

      His first witnessed seizure was on March 23, 2011, a wednesday, in which i looked outside to see him on his back twitching and unable to control his urinating. He was confused and his body still after suffering the seizure. He was able to get out of the seizure quickly and within a mintue or two he was back. The vet told me that unless he was at least six a year they dont like to medicate him. He had another seizure approx an hour after the first, not as bad, but his body was in colvusions with his legs paddly and his head shaking. Again, he snapped out of it quickly, but I took him back to the vet. They placed him on overnight watch with Valium and Pheno medication. I was able to pick him up the next morning, grateful he had no more seizures. These meds worked for the first day and I found later the Pheno would  have no effect on him.

      I was not prepared for what could happen next. He seemed normal and eager to play fetch once he was with me, his regular very happy self. I took him home at 12 to play with his sister (not biological) Bella. She was worried for him and Rodrigo seemed okay to play. These dogs were inseperable so it was hard for Bella to be away from him even for five minutes, let alone almost an entire day (she is a lab/border collie mix). At approx 1:30 I took him for a walk in which he started breathing heavy and having anxiety; I knew he was going to seize so I laid him down and positioned myself to cushion his head. This seizure was mild, but I took him home and placed him in his kennell, hoping he would sleep. An hour and a half later, he was out of his kennell and once outside, he suffered another seizure. I went to the vet and recieved the PB pills. He suffered another seizure at approx 5:15 before I could give him the medicine. Per the vets instruction, I gave him two grains pills, which didnt stop or slow any of the seizuring. He acted okay for about another hour, until the seizures began to become worse. They now were at every thirty minutes-45 minutes with him having the convulsions, foaming at mouth, urinating, and attempted to bite at the air followed by very heavy breathing and need for food and water.

      The seizures become much worse from here. He was very confused and seemed to have lost his vision, he was running into walls when he would jump out of my arms and I would try to guide him to lay down. Eventually at 3am the seizures were coming every ten minutes in which they wouldnt stop. It was like clockwork, with the same symptoms only more severe and he had no ability to walk. I laid with him this entire time until I could get him to the vet at 8AM. Unfortunately, I live in a small town with no emergency care for animals during the hours of 5PM-8AM. I had no idea why his body reacted to the Pheno the first day, but it could not stop the seizures once I had given it to him at home. This is what is most upsetting to me. I also had no knowledge of seizures in my boy Rodrigo, let alone other dogs, and did everything I humanly could on my basic care skills for him.

      Once I got him to the vet, they tried anesthesia to give his brain a rest. At this point he could lift his head and still had some control over his body while he was on the ground. He continued to have seizures until the anesthesia kicked in. They also gave him valium and more PB. I am sad to report that nothing the doctors could do helped Rodrigo. He was given a lot of drugs in attempting to get him out of the seizures and control them, but his brain couldnt come out of the seizures.

      I am curious to know if anyone else has had this happen, in which my dog went from very healthy (he had his checkup a month before) to having gradual to very severe seizures and having to be put down in a matter of just a couple d
    

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By bettyboopbb on 2011-03-04
Post ID: 455

      I too lost my little Pom girl.  She was 18 months old.  She seemed fine, I let her out with my other dogs and my husband saw her laying on her back.  We ran out and she didn't seem to be breathing.  I tried giving her CPR and rushed her to the emergency vet.  They said she had pass.  We were both devastated.  What an owful experience.  I have had dogs all my life and never experienced such a sad ordeal.  She was only about five lbs.

      We got another pup, not a Pom as we are leary now of the toy breeds.  It took our attention away from our tragic loss.  I know how you feel.  You can email me if you like.  bettyboopbb@verizon.net


      So Sorry for your loss!!!!
    

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By mreilly24 on 2011-03-03
Post ID: 459

      I recently lost one of my Pomeranians that has always been healthy and had no concerns to worry about. He just turned two December 16, 2010. On February 24, 2011 I got up just like I always do with my boy jumping up and down next to the bed until I picked him up for his morning belly rub before I let him outside to do his business. He went to the bathroom came inside, sat on the couch with me for a few minutes. I then got up to feed all 5 of my poms including the puppies. He ate a little which is normal for him and then proceeded is chasing my female pom which was in season. He never should any signs to worry about him and was his normal happy crazy self.
      My boyfriend and I left the house at 11:30 and when we came home at 7:30 I found him dead on the floor. I freaked out and started screaming for my boyfriend and cried while holding my Koda's body in my arms. I couldn't believe what just happened. Blamed myself for not taking him with me. If I did he would of been okay I kept telling myself.
      My boyfriend had him cremated for me. I couldn't even look at a picture of him without crying. It has now been a week and can finally look at his pictures with not breaking completely down.
    

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By jessicaweber1985 on 2011-02-26
Post ID: 454

      Im devastated right now :'(
      My puppy dog that was 9 years old died suddenly last Friday, Feb 18th. We got her when she was 6 months old, two months after my dog Sadie was hit and killed by a car. (oddly enough she also died on a friday the 18th, just different month/year)

      I have no idea what happened to Waggers. I just walked in to get her out of her cage, and she was gone. Her eyes were closed, and she just wasnt with us anymore. Tore me apart. I started shaking really bad, and was on the phone with my friend, and all I could do it tell her I would call her back, hoping Waggers was in a deep sleep or something..

      It didnt really hit me until I called my mom and my husband, and I was just devestated. I couldnt believe what happened. I got scared and started thinking about my other dog, Cody and how he would do with her gone. He has been apart of Waggers life since he was 5 weeks old, and anytime Cody would be away from her for even a couple days, he wouldnt eat. My husband came home, and took her to the Humane Society where she was then cremated. I didnt sleep at all that night and even though its been a week, Im still in shock, and cant talk about her without at least tearing up. We got her ashes back today, and all I want to do is pet her again, hear her bark that drove me crazy, and just give her all the love that she deserved.
      I miss her so much :'(
    

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By suewh14 on 2011-02-25
Post ID: 453
My two year old pup went outside to go..was out for 1 minute heard whining ran out and she was dead.  What could cause this..no drolling, no signs of any kind afterward that she was still not fine..except she was dead.  I dont know how to deal with this.  I have cried for the last 12 hours non stop.  I keep thinking did she get into something that was laying around. She slept great was happy and never even made it 3 feet before she whined and died.

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By mypomdogs on 2011-02-18
Post ID: 452

      I'm very sorry for your loss. I too, just lost my little pom three weeks ago. I found her at a rescue shelter about three years ago. She was almost 12 at the time. She also had a collapsing trache so I knew that if no one took her that they would put her to sleep. She was my companion and gave me lots of kisses and unconditional love. I let her down and now I have to live with the fact that I feel it's my fault she's gone. I also have a very sweet border collie/lab mix. She has always been very sweet and never showed me any of side. Chi Chi like to get a few pieces of dry food out of the kitchen and bring it into the living room to eat. There was a piece that was left on the floor beside Big Girl and of course Chi Chi saw it. As she was headed over there, Big Girl turned her head to see what was next to her. Chi Chi barked at her and she grabbed Chi Chi by the throat before I could do anything. It was only maybe 3 or 4 seconds before I got Big Girl to drop her. She was still breathing so I tried to give her CPR but within 5 minutes she was gone. She crushed her throat. HOW DO YOU GET OVER THAT???
      At least, I hope she's at Rainbow Bridge with all the other animals playing and having fun. I will see her again one day.
    

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By kim_crnll1965 on 2011-02-18
Post ID: 458
to be honest i love all my dogs and if one of my large dogs killed one of my chihuahuas i dont know if i could ever look at them again .and if i could ever forgive them .i always try to avoid any situations like that my large dogs dont get the cjance to do that .but sorry for your loss .i lost one of my dogs on new years day.

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By robynreeson on 2011-02-12
Post ID: 449
I thought about having a necropsy done too, but could not stand the thought of it either. I was also told that sometimes even after a necropsy they still do not always know the cause of death. The worst thing for me is Molly showed no symptoms of not feeling well, was always happy, and jumping around and barking (especially when I would get home from work) It's almost been a month and I still just cannot believe it. Another thing is I wish I could have been there for her, I never got to say goodbye, and why in the world did this happen at the groomers? I am so devastated.

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By robynreeson on 2011-02-12
Post ID: 457
I lost my Molly (shih tzu) on 1/15/11 at the groomers. I had adopted her on 4/4/09, she was a puppy mill survivor and had come so far. When I got her she was a dog who did not know how to live life out of a cage. After some time with me and my other dogs, she blossomed into a gorgeous dog with a personality, not to mention she was very happy, and as far as I knew healthy. She was up to date on her vet appts and had been tested for everything since she did come from a puppy mill. On 1/15/11 I took her to the groomers for her appt (she went every 2 months) and about 20 minutes later got a call on my cell phone that something was wrong and I needed to come back there and Molly had went limp and barely had a pulse. I was about 10 minutes away and by the time I got there she had passed. I was in total shock and took her to the emergency vet clinic anyways, where they tried to bring her back but obviously could not. I wanted answers. I talked to a couple of vets and they said this does happen and it could have been an underlying heart condition with no signs, and since I do not know anything about her past medical history or genetics, its hard to say. I felt so guilty because I thought I had caused it by taking her to a different groomer, but Molly had been doing great going to a couple of different groomers over the past year and a half. Needless to say I am devastated and miss her so much, she had come so far and was so happy. To make it worse, the grooming place was not very compassionate and I had to keep contacting them to find out exactly what happened. I do not blame them, but I don't like how they handled the situation, I will always wonder if there would have been a vet nearby, if she could have been saved. My heart goes out to anyone that loses a pet suddenly with no warning, it's the worst. Robyn

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By happycatpaws on 2011-02-05
Post ID: 451

      I just lost my dear Japanese Chin baby 6 days ago and I miss him so! I don't have a clue what happened to him. He seemed fine. We were going to take him and his "sister" poodle to the park for a walk. We had to take them for a drive to get there. I put his little coat on and he jumped into the car, seemed fine. When we got to the park and got out, I immediately noticed something was wrong. He was walking very very slowly with a  confused look on his face (the little dear never muttered a cry the whole time he was dying). He stopped and peed straight down which he had  never done. I knew something was wrong and picked him up and put him in the car. I never imagined he was going to leave me! When we got home we called our vet. It was Sunday so his office closed. He told me he didn't have facilities for emergency care in his office and convinced me that it was an inner ear infection. My poor baby, at that point flopped into the floor trying to walk, when I was on the phone, but the vet said that is how the infection worked. We have no other emergency clinic in the community that I know of and he didn't give me any recommendations. He said call him back if he went unconscious and that he could see me in the morning. I wanted to believe him. I wanted to think it wasn't serious, but the next 3-4 hours my baby never stood up again until in my arms, he took his last breath. I wish I knew what happened to him. I wish I didn't believe the vet. I wish I demanded he see me or tell me what to do. I won't go back to him for my other pets. I feel like I accepted substandard care all along and should've educated myself on what health problems Chins could have instead of just counting on this man to let me know on annual well checks if there were any tests or measures I should be taking. Right now, I am just in mourning and wishing I had answers. My husband said we could send him in to be autopsied, but I couldn't bear the thought of having him cut apart.
      I am so sorry for everyone here who has gone through a similar experience. I am sad for your loss as well!
    

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By CLARA220 on 2011-02-03
Post ID: 448
I TOO LOST MY PRECIOUS PEKINGESE OF 14 YEARS. CANT BELIEVE SHE DIED.  SHE GREET ME AS USUAL, ATE,DO HER BUSINESS, AND LAY DOWN. THE ABOUT AN HOUR LATER SHE MOANS AND IN A SECOND I WAS AT HER SIDE.  HER EYES UNFOCUSED,HER TONGUE OUT.  TRIED CPR TO NO AVAIL.AND JUST DIE ON JAN 28,2011.   I CANT BELIEVE IT YET. THANK TO THE LORD HE CONSOLE ME IN EVERY TRIBULATION.  NOW I HAVE A 7 WEEK OLD SHIH TZU/  THANKS TO THIS SITE I KNOW I AM NOT ALONE, AND THIS THINGS JUST HAPPEN.  I WAS VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE MY CHIQUI 13.9 YEARS.  THANKS AND GOD BLESS AND CONSOLE YOU ALL WHO ARE GRIEVING.  GET ANOTHER PET HONORING YOUR PREVIOUS ONE. CLARA

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By neuroticsbuildcastles on 2011-01-21
Post ID: 447

      we have just come back from burying out beloved Alaskan Malamute, Maico in the local park; we opted to personally handle all aspects to the end and beyond and to be honest, it has really helped me to reach closure and acceptance in bidding farewell to my special dog.

      just like a lot of you, it was sudden and only about 3 days ago he was his normal bouncy self.......jumping and barking with excitement when we asked if he was ready for his walk/go outside....but looking back, he also exhibited especially clingy behaviour and pawed me for attention which he only did especially when he wanted to sample whatever i was eating.

      it started with vomiting bile and all up he probably threw up about 4-5 times and a day or two before that we noticed his movements were softer. he wasn't his ravenous self and we checked he wasn't suffering any illness which needed attention.

      he was still able to go outside to relieve himself and didn't suffer accidents within the home. he stayed away from our other dog Baader but seemed content to have us around him.

      as he wasn't taking calories in, he definitely exhibited fatigue but he didn't seem to be in any pain, i noticed his breathing was different but not in a way that was particularly bothersome to his comfort. the day before his passing on, i spent the whole time of the evening from 9pm onwards till 3am making sure he was well hydrated and knowing that i was there. he was still about to move around and i respected that and gave him an respectable distance but came up to give him water and love at regular intervals. i knew already then that he was dying and just wanted to support the digified and natural death he deserved.

      Maico passed away at roughly 1pm the next day with my daughters and i with him closely. we assisted his comfort right to the end and gave him a moment's privacy when he went up to move to another place within the room he died.

      it was important to me he be buried and i respect however any pet owner wishes to say goodbye to a loved one. with our other dog and my daughters i wanted for us a spot to visit - closeby and with sentiment. we live in a warehouse with a rooftop and middle courtyard - all concrete and if we had a backyard, i would definitely opt for that option. cremation, perhaps if he died a different death but burial for natural causes seemed more organic and personal.

      Maico was our first dog and i do not doubt we will bring many more into our lives; our first one filled our family with a love we hadn't experienced before. i will miss his smiles, him sleeping about a foot away from my bed, his stretching and pawing and his enthusiasm for walks and out. i spoiled and saved him from certain death and granted him luxuries he didn't experience prior to me owning him. i was never able to resist his charm and beauty but most of all his love and gratitude he shown me and my family every day he shared his life with us.

      RIP MY MAICO X
      WE LOVE YOU TO PIECES XXX
    

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By kim_crnll1965 on 2011-01-06
Post ID: 446
dear jessdoc i really feel your pain .thats pretty much what happend to my doberman skye why i ask myself would a perfectly healthy dog die so suddenly with no symptoms at all i have been haunted by this since she died .i truly miss her sooo much that i feel like i cant get past it.i wished i could have prevented this .she was only 7 years old .

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By jessdoc on 2010-12-21
Post ID: 445
Earlier this evening our four year old chocolate lab, Cooper, passed away. We let he and his brother, Red, out before we went shopping this afternoon. Later when we got home and went to let them in for the night, only Red came running in. I saw Cooper laying lifeless on the patio. I knelt down thinking he was still alive, but in trouble. I quickly realized that he was gone. We have looked his body over for signs of bites or trauma and there is nothing. We could see the wet marks on his face where Red had been licking him, which just breaks my heart, but no signs of physical distress. I wish there had been some sign that something was wrong before we had left so that maybe we could have prevented this, but he seemed like his playful, loving self. I am still in shock. I started looking for answers on the internet which led me here. I would like to say I feel better after hearing the other stories, but I feel physically ill. I am truly heartbroken...

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By lavernemac on 2010-12-18
Post ID: 444
I would not be reading this site, but for the fact that last night 12/17/2010 our Shetland Sheep Dog, Gabby, came in for the night with all her usual vim and vigor, and went to bed as usual at the foot of our bed, and never woke up this morning.  I know she raised her head as I got up once during the night around 4:30a.m. but by the time we awoke for the morning around 7:30, she had passed, and was still warm, no rigor yet...so it had just occurred.  We are devastated as are our children and Gabby's two best friends, Cody and Levi

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By dedereimer on 2010-11-24
Post ID: 442
Yesterday morning, I woke up at 5:00 a.m. to use the bathroom.  When returning back to bed I always check where my Gucci is, livingroom, office, bedroom?  Since I didn't see him I turned on the lights and immediately saw a poopie pile in the livingroom and in the office.  I noticed him behind the office chair with his eyes open and cleaned up the poop & one was good but one was runny.  I did not reprimand nor petted him and went back to bed.  In the morning I heard a dog barking in the distance and thought "oh, my Gucci is going to start barking" but he never did.  Then my husband got up 7:00 a.m., he yelled at me "there is something wrong with Gucci, I think he is dead!"  I dashed out of bed and went to where he was laying.  I yelled "Gucci wake up!"  I cried out "What happened?  What I did I feed you?"  He just layed there.  My husband felt he may still be alive because he did not feel cold.  We immediately went to the vet who pronounced him dead.  I only had him for 4 months from an elderly lady.  He had other issues; not neutered, bad tooth, flaky skin which we slowly took care of one by one.  We had not resolved the constant itching and licking and once in great while I felt him tremor.  I thought I could change all that with good diet but it maybe wasn't fast enough.

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By sylvie on 2010-11-03
Post ID: 441

      finish from prior post:

      i should have taken him to the vet saturday evening, or noticed after the walk sunday night if something was not right. on monday, when he woke up different and then spit up in the afternoon twice - what person would not say time to go to the vet. i never, ever thought he would die.

      does anyone know why he twisted and closed his eyes tightly and straightened out his legs? his gums were white - i know that is a bad sign, and i know now that is a sign of shock.

      i ask everybody to please go to vet even for spit up. don't wait.

      he was treated for heartworm two years ago. i just love him and cannot face he is not here right now and i will never see him. i know he knows he was loved, but you hurt knowing if he had gone to vet earlier he could have lived. i wonder if we had got out of the house quicker would we have made it to the vet two miles away? but bottom line i loved him so much - i should have taken him to the vet when he was whiney and spit up in his carrier.
    

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By sylvie on 2010-11-03
Post ID: 443

      i don't know if this is going to post on the board or as a comment to a post. i noticed that my bent had spit up that gallon of water thing with some food, in his carrier. he was doing more of his seal type howling, as a hound pit. but i thought he wanted to go out for a walk. just the slightest detectable difference. but still. i noticed it.

      that was around 7:00 saturday night. next day, he was in his carrier on and off, rotating with the lab pit. they love everyone but each other.

      sunday night at 9:00, that means a day into the first spit up, i just kept him out the whole time and we went for a robust walk.  you know how pits can pull and he had a great time. running, happy. we went out for about an hour. within five minutes of the walk down the alley to the block, where we always walk, he went by the side and i tugged him away cause he 'sounded' like he took a few licks on the ground. now, i ask myself, what fool would go down the alleyway to the block, when you can go out the front door and walk around?

      he was perfectly great. we got back and i was pretty unusually tired and stayed up with bent for about four hours. he's the kind of dog who doesn't always jump to sleep with you but will always show up to sleep back to back around 4am. for about two weeks, i had noticed he was wanting more snuggle time and was not moving off the bed in his independent way if you snuggled him a lot. now that i'm saying it, he very often stayed close by. if i went into one room, he followed and sat on the chair next to me.

      monday morning, he got up early and seemed to be a little whiney, and would not settle down. he wormed around and made two like retched mouth movements like he couldn't breathe - silent tho. he used to open his mouth like he was going to talk, in general, and we would say what? what are you saying now? but this was more anguish for a split second, and surprise. a minute or so apart. but he was moving around, maybe agitated, but i was petting him like he likes in the morning, tummy  rubs, but he did seem like he wanted something. i thought he wanted to go out.

      he spit up in the afternoon, water bucket-like. and then later water like again with some of the food he ate the night before - which was not a lot. he drank water easily. i thought spitting up and a cold nose meant whatever was making him feel not good was getting out of his system. i saw later he had spewed diarrhea.

      i went to sleep at midnight for four hours. and got up at 4:20 or so, bent's best time to cuddle. he was on the floor resting. five minutes later i looked and he was about 20 ft by the front door, laying down. two minutes later, he came back 25ft and i pet him and tried to look in his eyes and he seemed like he couldn't look up - his eyes were open but he did not look well. he took three steps and he looked suddenly skinny, but he was not skinny, and just as i wondered why, he started to shake a little on the back leg and put his front paw out to walk or lay down and it curled and he could not balance on it, then the other did the same and he went down on the floor.

      within seconds his legs were stretched out and his tongue was out, he looked like he could not breath. you never believe it is happening. i did thpost water on his face - and now i read that can cause shock - i did not know. i don't even know if it was a seizure but he was stiffening his legs and shaking a bit. i had to look to see if he was still breathing, but just before that standing up he had been breathing more rapid. that was at 4:36 - i called emergency the vet and cab - and ran outside to get a neighbor to drive. he was with another family member while i was outside. i came back and and they said he's gone. i didn't think i was out there that long, but no one was on the street, i didn't have a car, i knocked on the next door neighbor's door where i knew they drove - worrying that would take time, then ran to the alley and there was the miracle. a man and his son were heading out in their car and yes they would drive my dog to the vet. i  ran back inside - could not have been more than five or six minutes and the family member said, he's gone. he died on the floor, shaking, making a twisted pained expression and closing his eyes tightly, his legs stiff out in front of him, and then he opened his eyes, too a breath, and died. i think it was 4:43 or 4:44 when he died. i ask what took me 8 minutes? could i have got a ride and got him to the vet to save him, should i have stayed inside with him, should i not have thpostn the water on him?

      like everyone, i say: why did i not go to the vet at the first spit up, the second, the third? it probably cannot be what he may have licked on ground because the spit up was before going out. but the unusual howling, whine, agitation, he wouldn't eat cheese on monday night, the slower than usual movement except for in the morning. was he telling me with staying by me for more cuddles that he was in need? i shoul
    

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By csca2 on 2010-10-31
Post ID: 439
I am devistated, Saturday my 10 month old toy poodle Huna started coughing in the morning, the previous day she was her usual playful and neurotic self. Because she was coughing I though she might have something stuck in her throat and better take her to the vet. So in the car at 10.00am to vet, they said leave her she needs to have a tube put down her throat and airway with xrays to see if anything is blocked. So I get a phone call to pick her up at 1.00pm after her procedure. The vet said there is nothing blocking either but he did notice some fluid on her lower part of her lungs. Not a lot but looks like pnemonia. So he has given her a shot of antibotics, antihistamine, steriods and a relaxant. She seemed a little better, I take her home and she has a cuddle with my husband whom spoils her rotten. He stays by her side, she lets out a couple of barks and keeps nodding off. At 5.00pm that same afternoon, she lets out a couple of little cries, my husband picks her up to cuddle her and she releases fluid and blood from her mouth. She stops breathing, my husband performs cpr whilst I call the vet. her little heart stops and my husband says she is gone. He gets a towl and wraps her up and I sit on the floor for an hour in shock that my little princess is gone. She was my baby because I could have no more children. My two boys come home from friends and my husband has to tell them that thier precious Huna is gone. My children and I have not stopped crying and keep thinking what if's. I have searched and searched with no answers to her sudden death. She was fine, and looked after like the princess she was. I dont understand and I am lost without my little darling.

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By k0brakaid0j0 on 2010-10-27
Post ID: 440
Today, October 26th 2010 my 8month old German Shepherd "Brimstone" passed away just suddenly.  My girlfriend and i took both brimstone and his brother onyx for their evening play time with thei favorite to.  We took them to there special tree they love to play under. About 20 minutes into playing, Brimstone ran off to the side and he looked like he was getting ready to make poopy.  but for a minute he stood there just looki g at my gf and I.  all of a sudden Brimstone could not hold his balance and he fell to his side.  we ran to him asking if he's ok. Brimstone was breathinf rapidly and as he looked up at as he made a final whimper and just like thathe stopped breathing.  my gf was frantic tryig to do cpr on puppy and i was i ln shock as i could not believe he just sropped dead!  we started crying not knowing if we shoul call the police or what!  luckily our vet was in town during the early evening and we brought brimstone to his office.  he did an autopsy and noticed that being that we just brough Brimstone's body just moments after he died, Brimstone's hewrt was very hard and rigid, unusual since body has not even come close to regermortis.  Anyways he is sending specimens to the lab but he thinks thatmy Brimstone had hypertrophc cardiomyopathy,  something congenitaltothe heart and uaually has poor prognosis.  i am crying my ys ot but i cane believe he died in our arms:  He had no symtoms whatsoever, he just died.  i miss him.  i sti csjt believe this mhas happened. i kiss you brimstone my 8month old GSD.

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By schmidtkoff on 2010-10-16
Post ID: 429
i've just spent 2 hours searching for reasons my 11 yr. old active and healthy chi mix moxie could have died suddenly in her sleep. she died on june 15. she was healthy, we had played, i let her out to do her business around 4 am. she came back inside, we played fetch the ball, i fed her treats and she laid down behind me and slept as i watched tv and surfed the internet. like susan, who posted on oct. 3rd, moxie let out a cry like i had never heard before. because of the tv being on i didn't realize it came from her. i muted the sound and turned to look at her. a little bit of her tongue protruded. i picked her up and her head just lolled and she was completely limp. i panicked and laid her on the bed. i attempted to give her cpr. she rallied for a moment, then appeared to have a seizure. her legs began to flay in different directions. then she was gone. i just don't understand and after 4 months i still cannot understand what happened. i was going to have her autopsied then changed my mind. now i wish i had done so. i honestly don't know which is worse, sudden death or the slow decline of an aging pet, such as what happened with my 16 1/2 year old shep. mix, whom i finally had to euthanize. but what causes this sudden death? i am still so devastated.

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By shawna1502ob on 2010-10-16
Post ID: 438
It has been 9 days since our "Tucker" has passed away in his sleep.  I still can not get over or begin to understand why would a healthy almost 2-yr. old dog die???  This is driving me crazy.  I keep going over the last few days of his life, and playing every event over and over in my mind.   Nothing makes any sense.  He was normal, healthy loving , sweet, playing, eating, smooching, sweetheart that he always has been.  And 9 days ago he never woke up.  I feel like I am missing something??  We have his 9-month old son "Clifford" and I am worried that whatever killed our "Tuck"  may harm his pup.  I just can't figure it out or stop thinking about it.  I do know that having an answer to his death will not bring him back, however an answer that made any sense would ease my wondering mind.  This is such an unexplained death.  It has me questioning every lil thing.  My aching heart needs to be reassured I couldn't be missing something.  Still dealing with this and nothing makes any sense, it's killing me.

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By angiegould on 2010-10-11
Post ID: 437
I understand what you are going through.  I lost me dog Sat morning suddenly without any warnings.  She just turned 1 years old and was in perfect health.  The night before she eat like normal, and she even played fetch like we do every night.  She showed no signs of being sick.  When we woke up the next morning she had passed away.  We are lost and have no idea what happen to her.

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By janet on 2010-10-09
Post ID: 431
It has been over a year since I lost my Annie suddenly.  We were devastated.  It has gotten better, but I still miss her everyday.  Please post your email address if you need a shoulder.  And please visit Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, they have chat rooms that I found to be very helpful when we lost Annie.  If you feel the need to chat with others who have lost a pet, let me know and I will join you in one of their chat rooms to introduce you.  My email is janet@claimsurveys.com.  Take care.

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By cconway on 2010-10-08
Post ID: 435
I too lost my dog last night . I have never felt so lost, sad, or alone.  I would give anything to have her back . I don't even know what happened. I feel guilty.  It is not fair that such a sweet, loving, and loyal animal had to go like that . She ate a handful of food and next we knew she was hiding under the bed.  She just looked frozen, and eventually her eyes glazed over and she was gone.  I'm devastated. I want her back . I want answers. I want to know why this happened. Life is incredibly unfair.

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By cconway on 2010-10-08
Post ID: 436
I tell myself the same thing . Nothing has helped me more than knowing I'm not the only one that feels this way ..

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By susan.prendergast1 on 2010-10-03
Post ID: 428

      Hello,
      I would like to share my experience with you. Last night at approximatly midnight, my husband and I came home after being out for a meal with friends. Our beautiful Newfoundland boy, Hugo - he would have been 3 on 29th of this month, greeted us as usual with lots of waggles and kisses and slobbery love.
      I let him out onto our deck and called him back in - this is our usual night time routine - and in he came. He lay in his usual spot by the kitchen door, and made himself comfortable. My husband and I went to bed, but my 20 year old son and his 17 year old brother were playing on their x box in the next room to him as they had been all evening. At 1.30 a.m my 17 year old came and woke us up quite hysterical, saying that there was something wrong with Hugo. He had heard him cry - he said a cry like he had never heard before -  which went on for about 15 seconds and when he went into the kitchen, Hugo was lying there on the floor in the same spot with his eyes open. My husband and I frantically tried to see if he was breathing, which he did appear to be for a minute or two, but then his eyes just glazed over and that was it. He was gone. I phoned our emergency out of hours vet, who advised us to shine a torch in his eyes to see if there was a response, my husband was at this point trying desperatly to revive Huge with cpr, but it was no use. Our baby boy had gone. To describe the absolute devastation that we are feeling at this moment in time is impossible. There have been lots of tears, questioning, why, if onlys?? Hugo was a very active, very fit pedigree Newfoundland who came from excellent breeding background - his dad having won crufts. The vet feels that he has had a heart attack, however, it still goes around your head - did he eat something wrong, did we do something wrong? I cannot go into the kitchen today,Hugos things are everywhere, needless to say his hairs are probably in every room we have. He was a stunning, beautiful, loving, affectionate baby boy who still had so much life to live. I miss him so much, not only his physical presence which as you can imagine being a very large newfie boy, was huge, but his love. He was a special boy. I m trying so hard to come to terms and rationalise what has happened, but I cant. I will try to post a photo of my beautiful boy if I can but for now my prayers are with all of you who are suffering in the way my family and I are at this moment.
      Susan
      United Kingdom
    

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By cclaussen on 2010-10-03
Post ID: 430
when i had to put my sweet boston simon to sleep in june of 2010, i got cody, a 12 month old boston from a rescue group.  i knew he had a heart murmur but i planned on getting it checked out in october.  he died suddenly 10 days ago, just collapsed and died.  i did nothing but cry for about 5 days straight.  he was a super sweet and loving dog and my house was too quiet.  today i adopted another dog from a rescue group and feel so much better.  even though she can never replace cody or simon, she needed a good home and is wonderful in her own ways.  i know cody and simon would have approved of her.  my other dog who was devastated after cody died in front of him is now playing and running around like he used to.  the balance and harmony of our home is back, just in a different way.  for everyone who has lost a pet, giving a homeless animal a good home is one great way to acknowledge what your deceased pet meant to you.  it also helps the pain go away a little.

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By 1mississippigirl on 2010-09-25
Post ID: 427

      I am so glad that I found this site.  My daughter's boyfriend was killed in a car accident in January 2006.  At the time, I was living in VA and had just taken my daughter back to MS to be with him.  They had just registered for school and gotten an apartment and all their classed together when he died in a car accident.  We were both devasated.  I returned to VA and decided to get a dog hoping this would help me deal with the the loss. I had never had a pet before.  I found my special boy "Frank" a pug quite by accident. I had told my daughter that I was getting a dog and was considering a pug or boxer.  My husband said that I should think about my decision since I had never had a house dog before.  He had previously had dogs when he had lived with his previous girlfriend.  Taking his advice, I decided to wait and think about a pet.  Just a few days later, we were in a carpet store to pick out carpet for a house we were building but what should the carpet salesman bring with him to the store but a beautiful pug named "Frank".  I said to him,
      Give me that dog."  He said that he would be working out of town for the week and he would let me keep him.  That was all it took and "Frank" was mine.  I have said that God sent Frank to me and he was all that I had ever imagined he would be.  My daughter fell in love with him as everyone he encounters does.  Since she has been in college we were unable to get a pug for her but 2 years ago this Nov. we got her a sweet little girl named "Fortune".  She and I loved her name and said that God had sent her to us as well.  She has been the most amazing gift for my daughter.  She would get so excited when my daughter would come back home after she had left her for awhile.  I would be on the phone with my daughter and Fortune would just squeel with joy when Deion came in the door and would keep it up for a few minutes.  It was so heartwarming to hear the joy that they both felt for it other.  It made me so happy as I am sure everyone can imagine.  But that came to an end this week when my daughter came home from school to find her dead.  Unfortunatley, she was home by herself and called her boyfriend to hurry back to her apartment but Fortune was dead.  He had been by 2 hours earlier to take her for a walk before he went to class.  He said she didn't really want to walk and kept sitting down but he didn't think anything of it. There had been no signs of any problem other than breathing problems occasionly which pugs have.
      My daughter and I are both heart broken.  I can't sleep and have trouble eating.  I wonder what could have possibly happened to our little girl.  She was so loving and loved to snuggle with you any time day or night.  I don't know if the pain will ever go away.  I am trying to find another pug for my daughter now.  Please tell me how long it takes to stop crying.  Any ideas as to what might have happened to our baby girl?
    

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