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By lucy0919 on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:19:17 PM
Post ID: 644
I feel everyone of your griefs. I just lost my beloved Lucy, we only had her for a week. She was only about 2 months old. She was perfectly fine the days upcoming to today, she played, barked her tiny bark, bit hard and licked our faces. She was so happy, yesterday we fed her and after about an hour she threw up her food, we thought it could be that she over ate and that´s why she threw up so we tried to keep her hydrated but then she would just go straigh to sleep wouldn´t get up if you moved her she would just open her eyes and shut them and that´ll be it. She was so weak she couldn´t hold herself up she would wobble and fall. I told my husband we need to take her to a vet asap cause just then she ended throwing up even more but it was just clear liquid. We took Lucy and told the vet what had happened he administered som blood work to rule out ParvoVirus and other things and it came back that she had parasites im not sure which ones but the vet said 2 and he told us her chance was 50% of surviving we had all hopes of her coming through because she had so much spunk in her. We left her overnight and today morning checked up oh her and the vet told us her iron level was low she had a 10 in what should be in the mid 20s or 30. The vet said she shows signs of action she was alert and awake now, i couldnt go visit her i had to be at work and i couldnt bail out. My husband was home when the vet called telling him that Lucy had a respiratory failure and she was hooked to oxygen tank, 20 mins later my husband reaches the vet office and as he walks in he gets another call telling him that she had another failure but this time was unsuccessful to reanimate her. He calls me and he tells me the news and even though i only had her for a week she meant the world, she was so loving instantly. I still feel like im going to see her after work whens my husband brings her to pick me up but i know that won´t happen. She´s my little angel Lucy, i hope i can move on, she impacted me greatly. R.I.P Lucy

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By krimiller on Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Post ID: 21
I am so sad to write, that i just lost my 8 1/2yr old chocolate lab about 3 hours ago.  He seemed fine when i got home from work, I let he and my black lab out to go to the bathroom.  They came back in, ate dinner, ate some of my two year olds cheese sandwich which got tossed on the floor and he went and laid on his dog bed.  A few hours later he whined a bit and laid on the kitchen floor.  I asked him if he wanted to go out (which normally he jumps at) and he just laid there... I did get a tail thump and half turn on his back for me to rub his belly.  When i did get him to go out, he wandered around the yard, squated and sat down.  He didn't seem to want to come in, but I had him come in b/c it was raining and i didn't want him out there if he was sick.  When we came in, about a 1/2hr. later he vomited all his food and i noticed his tongue hanging out.  It was after that that he began to breathe heavy... I thought maybe he was just warm from being sick.  It was about a half hour I sat with him, and it seemed to get worse.  I didn't want to leave him, got the phone to dial the vet and within minutes I lost him.  All i could think was Why? and What happened?... he was fine earlier!?... I kept asking what i did that may have caused it.  Reading others comments, gave me some comfort.  This does happen to seemingly healthy dogs.  My heart goes out to all of you who feel the great loss and grief i have in my heart right now.  I Love my Big Boy, Jax and always will.

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By ptravis on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 9:45:04 AM
Yes, my beloved 14-year old died suddenly 2 days ago, and I have been crazy with grief and loneliness.  She lived on my bed, with the window to look out of.  She had tumors, and probably cancer, which I started treating with natural CBD oil and ginger powder (ginger kills tumors). She seemed to be getting better, then suddenly lost ALL of her body weight, couldn't walk, and fell down and had labored breathing, then started jerking like a seizure, and died.  I have been alternating between being very mad at God for not healing her (which I continually prayed and believed for), and asking Him to let me have a supernatural after death time with her, for love and closer for both of us.  But my Christian friends have said not to ask for that.  What do you think?

By steve78723 on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2:12:34 PM
Post ID: 642
I lost my 10-year-old Boston Terrier suddenly this morning.  She had some health issues but seemed generally okay when she went to bed last night.  At four or five this morning she cried out a little bit.  When I woke up about 6 she wasn't moving or breathing.  Very difficult, she was such a fun little dog to be around.  I couldn't wait to get home so she could greet me, usually with a kid's tennis racket in her mouth.

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By garyj4 on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 9:41:46 AM
We lost our 10 yo Boston Terrier on 1/9/17.  She started a new medicine for Cushings disease in December.  Monday, she was shaking sometimes, my wife put her under the blanket with her and she was fine.  She met me at the door like usual and we had a normal evening.  We went to bed around 1015p and around 1030p she let out a howl, had some convulsions and died.  This all happened within two minutes.  I jumped out of bed and grabbed her up, her heart was beating really fast and then stopped within a couple of seconds.  Just trying to make some sense out of the whole thing.  The house is horribly quiet now without her.

By donna1118 on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 11:34:20 AM
Post ID: 643
I lost my 11 year old sheltie a couple of weeks ago.  He had regular checkups and appeared to be healthy.  One Sunday afternoon I noticed he was almost catatonic.  Would not get up so my husband and I scooped him and took him to the emergency animal clinic.  They ran numerous tests and the only thing they could find was one liver enzyme that was slightly elevated and upon xray arthritis in his back.  They treated him with morphine and released him and told us to go to our vet the next day.  We did.  Our vet reviewed the xray and the bloodwork and she agreed he had arthritis and she put him on pain management drugs.  We took him home and were back the next morning because he was even worse.  More tests were done and nothing was found to be wrong but she knew it was.  She put him on iv pain medication and something to keep him hydrated.  The next morning early she called and he had a temperature of 107 degrees.  My husband and I rushed there and petted and talked to him and within minutes he died.  No one knows why.  Is there anyone out there that might have an idea on this.  The tests showed no sign of any kind of poison, bite, etc.  Absolutely nothing. Please let me hear from you if you have ever heard of anything like this.

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By johnnyu on Friday, September 9, 2016 12:24:46 PM
just read this and I hope you find an answer.

By kiamia on Monday, September 19, 2016 9:35:21 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss. We lost our 4 year old Shih Tzu today  She had been fine playing with our maltese and shepherd they had all been howling at the Ice Cream truck that passed by as usual in chorus  30 minutes later my husband took them all out to do their business and a few minutes later he starting yelling to me that something was wrong with Kia our Shih  she started vomiting white foamy mucus and within minutes was becoming disoriented she was unable to walk minutes later and I called the vet and they said to bring her - she passed away in my husbands arms before we got there. The vet could not get a heartbeat and she was gone   just like that in less than 20 minutes from happy vibrant to limp and gone ... we are devastated we have ordered an autopsy since we have 2 other dogs to worry about. She was up to date on all her shots - never leaves our fenced yard except for vetting  I do all our own grooming so besides being so heartbroken and searching for answers I want to see if anyone else has had this horrible experience  our only peace is in that she seemed not to suffer and was gone so quickly

By emmamillenx on Monday, September 26, 2016 3:44:30 AM
KIAMIA - this happened to my georgeous black 9 year old cockapoo yesterday also.  She was fit healthy with nothing wrong and she was out a walk chasing her ball and slipped but she got back up and running however her breathing was laboured.  When we got home she went out in the garden and was sick and from when she was sick everything went strange. In which she sadly passed away in my mums arms on the way to the vet.  vet thinks she has damaged her spinal cord and the fluid is went into her bloodstream causing a stroke. Absolutely heartbroken as she was the best natured dog ever, really sad.

By lfloridarules on Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Post ID: 3

      My lab/german shep mix, Dixie weighing just 70lbs. died today within an a few hours after taking her on a walk outside.  We only had her for 4 years but I am still numb that a perfectly healthy active young dog could just die so quickly.  I gave her some treats outside with Bear, my other dog & then Dixe tried to go to the bathroom.  Since I just moved to an new apartment, I was thinking how she was making such a big production when I was trying to discreet with her going to the bathroom & then cleaning up after her.  She happily chased a jogger who laughed with her & I took her inside.  Within about 15minutes, she vomited all over my rug.  Not food, but clear, foamy vomit.  I took her outside & she keep vomitting.  Within the next half hour, her tongue turned grey, her eyes bugged out, and she began breathing wrong & fast.  I raced her to an vet emergency center & they only took referrals.  I raced her then to a vet, and they said it was aspir something or other where they believe she swalled her vomit into her lungs.  She died within an hour of taking her to the vet.  I am in shock still and cannot believe it.  How can a healthy active dog go downhill so quickly.  I thought she was poisioned, but she was with me the whole time I took her out.  My heart goes out to everyone who lost their dog so quickly.  It is terrible loss and I don't know how to tell the kids.
      Kathryn/Jacksonville. Florida
    

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By rachael_2376 on Thursday, September 22, 2016
Post ID: 5
My heart is broken into a million pieces today.  Yesterday, 9/21/26 my 8 year old Doberman, Dante died.  Playful and full of life just the day before we awoke Thursday morning to find him gone.  His buddy, my Pug Chloe Bea has yet to realize her companion is gone.  They were best of friends and I fear for her loss as well.  Hip problems did not stop him, he was playing with his buddies, chasing cats and expecting total love and attention from me and my boyfriend just hours before he left us.  We drove him to his favorite place in the world, Grandma and Grandpa's house and buried him there.  He always got so excited when I asked him if he wanted to go see Grandma and Grandpa.  The shock is still preventing me and my boyfriend from totalling realizing our loss.  We hardly spoke a word the 2.5 hour drive to and from burying him.  How do say goodbye to someone who has been by your side for 8 years and full of love and spunk?  Pictures of my baby can be viewed at www.myspace.com/neverhome

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By cthomp24 on Thursday, October 13, 2016 2:28:02 PM
Post ID: 645
Our lab mix Hamilton passed away Tuesday morning around 8:45 am. He was only 4 years old and it was very sudden. He was always very energetic, healthy and so loving! He did run out of breath a lot on walks and would gulp his water as soon as he got in the house but that never seemed unnormal for us. Sunday night around 11pm we let him out in the back to make his night pee and poop and he came in and layed down and yelped once he layed down. We waited a few moments to see what it cohkd be and as he walked he would be okay and then would help again we figured he might have messed up his hind legs and took him to the 24 hr pet clinic. As they were moving his back leg he helped again and she suggested it may be a fracture and to give him x-rays. Well they were charging an extremely high amount for the xrays and he gets them free with his primary vet so we decided to take him home to go to his vet the next morning. They had given him pain medicine that was suppose to work immediately and make him drowsy but it didn't and he cried the entire night long. As soon as his vet opened monday morning at 9 we got him there at 9 on the dot. We had to drop him off and have them take tests but they said they wouldn't be able to get to him right away and he'd have to stay in a kennel until the doctor could see him. So later in the day, I had to go to school but when I got home the vet had called my grandmother and told her that she thinks Hamilton may have had a seizure while in the kennel since he was displaying signs of it, she then calls minutes later to say he had actually had three more seizures since back to back and have to take him to an emergency hospital right away. I was actually a doctor's appt that ran about 45 min after the call and I wish I would've never went as those minutes may have made a difference. When we got to him he was layed across the vet exam room floor unable to move on his own. Once he saw me he wanted to move immediately but couldn't. The nurses had to place a towel underneath him to pull him up and carry him to the car and then he started seizing again. Afterwards we went to put him in the car and immediately he started seizing but it was worse. He was screaming out almost and started chewing on the headrest of the car i'd never seen anything like it. It was like he couldn't control himself. I noticed as he was seizing he was biting his tongue and it was blue and bruised and bleeding so I placed the towel in his mouth and held him while we drove to the hospital. He kept looking up at me just sad and scared it was the hardest thing to watch and as I held him he just kept breaking so heavily. Once we got to the hospital he started seizing again jerking in every direction around the car the doctor ran out w a gourney ro carry him inside. The last time he seized in the car he had actually bit me so they suggested I go to the er immediately. I was there for about 5 hrs w no word on Hamiltons condition. When I got back home my grandmother told me the doctor said he would call during the night if anything happened and I guess they sedated him through the night. The next morning on Tuesday about 8 am the doctor calls and says overnight he hadn't improved and actually declined and they still had no idea what was wrong other than that his WBC was elevated and his platelets were starting to drop fast. He was saying it must have been something neurological or a toxin consuming all of his blood cells. He was asking us what we wanted to do if we wanted to put him down or not and wanted us to call right back with our answer. Before we could decide he calls back saying Hamilton started to go into cardiac arrest and they were attempting CPR on him. My grandmother told them to just stop and let him go but I wanted them to keep going. This was extremely fast only about 30 something hrs and tragic and I felt like I've lost a brother. My heart seriously hurts and I'm sad that we may never know what happened to him as he was always so healthy and happy and very young. I need answers

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By shanaya0032 on Thursday, February 9, 2017 2:44:08 AM
Post ID: 647
Cocoa, a 13/14 year old dachshund cross was perfectly fine Monday when I went to work, and perfectly fine when I got back 11 hours later. I put her and my other dog out for food ((I had to use some Whiskas cat food, as I had forgotten to get dog food) I have to separate them from the cats at feed time), and ended up dozing off for about an hour and a half. I let them back in at about 7:30, and Cocoa seemed a bit down. Nothing unusual there. She has little episodes of melancholy. Usually gets over them in a day or two. She started throwing up that night. Once again, not overly concerning. She always was prone to getting bouts of vomiting. What was alarming was that it was more than usual, and she still seemed down. The next morning, she seemed to have perked up again, although she threw up a few more times. By 2pm, she had stopped throwing up, and was just dozing. I had to leave for work at 3:30, and asked my brother to check in on her some time, just to make sure she was okay, and to take her to the vet if she had backslid. I got a call at 6:20 to tell me she was dead. I arrived home at 6:50, to find her already in Rigor mortis, so can only conclude she died within an hour of me leaving. She went from a lively, happy bouncy dog that seemed to have years left in her, to dead in less than 24 hours. Burying her broke my heart, and while the stage of inconsolable, constant grief has passed, now I just have that numbness. The expectancy of turning around to find her, smirking up at me with bright eyes. Hear her slight 'whoofs' when she wants a lift up to the bed at night. Find her waiting at the door when I exit a room. Even at my darkest moments, she was always there to pull me back, to give me comfort. I fear I have many nights of tears ahead of me.

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By dont_let_the_sun_go_down on Thursday, August 25, 2016
Post ID: 2
my husband and i were having a day off work as we were having a carpet fitted downstairs. we were outside with our pet miniature poodle called dougal who was 8 yrs old. he was or appeared to be a normal healthy dog, he spotted a frog in the garden and began playing with it and sniffing it, we thought nothing of this as we live in england and it looked like any common garden frog.  however about an hour later dougal appeared to lose the use of his back legs and just flopped to the ground and died within minutes. as he seemed so healthy as was so very active prior to sniffing the frog  could it be the frog that caused his death.  i guess it sounds really silly but as this was the only thing he did different that day i am paranoid it was the frog. can anyone help?

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By electrikrainb0w on Sunday, September 25, 2016 8:26:52 PM
https://dogs.thefuntimesguide.com/2010/10/dog_frog_poisoning.php
      I think it was...

By tvaldepena on Sunday, October 16, 2016 11:39:16 AM
Post ID: 646
my dog was only 11months one week from her birthday a siberian husky fun loving energetic playful well aware of everything my very 1st dog my whole family loved her name was bella she passed today took her the vet twice before she passed and vets could not figure out wat was wrong wit her said her blood work was fine body functions breathing but she wasnt acting the same didnt want to do anything just lay down nd sleep would sit up nd just get stuck wit her head arched down with her tounge out looking like she woukd daze off you would have to snap your finger to snap her out of it. Then one of her legs stiffened so she couldnt really walk and would fall after just a few steps till this morning we were sleeping she fell off the bed heard shaking rushed her to the hospital she passed today suddenly and we are heart broken took her the vet twice before she passed and vets could not figure out wat was wrong wit her 1st vet miss diagnosed her wednesday october 12 2016 didnt really know what was wrong and i said i think its her back she looks in pain were going to give her this med she shoukd be ok if not bring her back for a free checkup said her blood work was fine body functions breathing 2nd vet said they were wrong she explained more to us and said maybe we need to see neurologist for brain scans friday night october 14 2016 but she wasnt acting the same and it started just a few days ago monday october 10 2016 didnt want to do anything just lay down nd sleep would she would sit up nd just get stuck wit her head arched down and head up with her tounge out looking like she would daze off you would have to snap your finger to snap her out of it. Then one of her legs stiffened so she couldnt really walk and would fall after just a few steps till this morning sunday october 16 2016 we were sleeping she fell off the bed heard shaking rushed her to the animal hospital this morning 5am she got in the back seat nd started moving her legs as if she was running would fall over to the other side and would scream out as if she was in pain it hurt me to hear her and see her like this my girlfriend trying to calm her down nd she just screaming scratching like she wants to get out foaming from her mouth did the restroom and i carried her out as we got there they took her in right away told us they stopped the seizuring and we should come back for her the next day so as were waiting to fill out the papers the nurse comes and tells us the come to the back were thinking their going to let us say goodbye before we leave and as we walk in we were really saying goodbye to our baby for the last time they were giving her cpr as she stop breathing and they said she had passed.. And asked if they should keep going i said yes if you can please in shock and as they kept going nothing no response from my baby she was gone and we had no answers of what was wrong we would like to know please ):

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By puppylove on Sunday, January 15, 2017 7:19:54 PM
I am so sorry for your loss.
Causes of cluster seizures are often from an undiagnosed brain tumor. I lost a Golden Retriever to complications after successful brain tumor surgery at the University of Minnesota. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Note: For anyone in need of assistance for their dog who has a brain tumor, check with clinical trials at the University. Grants may be available for certain types of brain tumors in dogs.

By ronaldlapaz on Sunday, June 12, 2016 11:59:26 PM
Post ID: 641
Im ron lapaz from baguio city philippines. My friend red sable husky named Laopan left us for his creator today. I usually woke up 5:am every morning to walk him in a mountain park near my place and release him to his daily activies like play with kids, dogs, cats, but today I woke up and  he is already dead. He is just 6 years old, tried doing cpr since im a nurse but i wasnt able to revive him. He is very special dog he is very kind to people, dogs, cats. He has idiopathic epilepsy since he was 4 year old, but after his seizure he always bounced back and always returned to normal in less than 10 minutes. I dont know if he had a heart attack after his seizure since it happened while we are sleeping. I will terribly miss you just like Odie (died last year) Both of you made me a better man, both of you showed me how to love animals more. Thank you ODIE (2010-2015) and Thank you LAOPAN. I love you both.

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By edsconst on Sunday, August 14, 2016
Post ID: 1
On June 23 2006 my husband and I arrived home to find our beautiful, sweet Mason, a 3 1/2 yo Male Black Lab/Golden Ret cross dead by our front porch.  He had only been dead a very short time (minutes). I had him examined by our vet, and there were no signs of trauma whatsoever.  The only synptom that could be observed was crackles in the lungs.  he thought that heart problems or anaphylactic shock from bee stings were two possible causes.  Mason had not been ill, but I had noticed a very, very subtle change in his energy level for maybe about the past month.  I attributed it to the heat wave, but did watch for other signs.  His appetite was great and much of the time he was full of energy.  I wonder if cardiomyopathy or subaortic stenosis could be the culprit?  Whatever the cause, it has been a horrible loss and we are still grieving and missing our boy, as we will always. I so empathise with anyone who lost a beloved pet in this manner.

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By pitbull on Monday, November 7, 2016 11:12:07 AM
Post ID: 648
For all those who have lost pets suddenly, except for those having seizures, the same thing was happenied to our dog, sudden onset and almost died. Fortunately, our vet specialist was close by. Our dog had cancer of the spleen and had we not gotten him there quickly and he had emergency surgery, we would have lost him then. He had been fine until all of a sudden he came in from a short walk and basically collapsed.  Of course the cancer returned 2 mos later and we were told it was the worst agressive kind and this time it was in his liver.  He had gone for his afternoon car ride, got out of car and could barely stand. We knew it was time as the vet said it woukd come on suddenly. At least we were there to hold him in our arms as he crossed over Rainbow Bridge.

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By lilysong on Monday, March 6, 2017 4:33:13 PM
Post ID: 648
My little 4 year old shih tzu died yesterday. She ran out the door and a huge pit bull grabbed her and boom. She was alive when we got to the hospital. They came in and said she couldn't feel her back legs, then came in again and said they were doing CPR. We told them to stop because she was in pain. I held her as she passed. While i held her, i started to hear a heartbeat. then it stop and she was gone. please pray for me for this was my little baby. for those who know this pain, or just had a pet pass, i pray for you. God bless.

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By hobocow on Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:18:23 PM
I was just looking around and noticed that you dog passed the same day as mine and I'm so sorry for your loss, my dog had been fine that Friday but was sick Saturday and we couldn't take her to the vet. It by Wednesday she couldn't move and we had already notified the vet that we may be coming so to be ready but she passed befor we could leave.

By layddi on Monday, April 3, 2017 1:30:53 PM
Sorry to hear of the loss of yoyr shi tzu. I too experienced this loss Jan. 1 2017. I put my 6 yr. old baby out to pee an before I got on the porch a pit and a huskey attacked him from either end. Once at the hospital he went into shock had punctured lung and the skin ripped half way down his back from ear to ear. They said even with multiple surgeries if they couldn't guarantee he'sutvive. I was right with him when he took his last breath after making the difficult but most humane decision to euthanize him. Yes I truly understand this pain. Forgive the lenghthy graphic narrative. I still have times that I just cry about him. I ptay your ❤ becomes lighter with time. I did fila a lawsuit againt the owner of the dogs and won after 2 court appearances. I at least got justice for my baby boy.

By paula atticus mom on Monday, March 27, 2017 8:41:57 AM
Post ID: 649
My beloved boy, Atticus, passed away a little over a week ago. He was a beautiful tricolor Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He had mitral valve diseases but hadn't gotten congestive heart failure yet. I regularly took him to a heart specialist and made sure he received his meds twice a day. He was his happy go lucky self when I left for work that day. Five hours later when my husband came home, he found my boy dead on his bed. It can't believe he is gone, he wasn't that bad yet. I read how bad it gets and the doctor just two months earlier told me that we had not maxed out the meds yet and had room to go since he hadn't gotten to the congestive heart failure stage yet. I don't know what happened, I'm so angry at myself right now for not getting an autopsy down to determine what happened. When I thought about getting an autopsy done it was too late he had already been cremated. His heart specialist and vet both said his heart probably just have out. I'm so sad and feel so bad that I wasn't there for my boy, Atticus when he passed. He was all alone, no one there for him when he went. He did look like he was sleeping, and while my husband tells me that Atticus probably went in his sleep, I can't stop being so mad and upset that he was all alone. I also can't get over the fact that he was fine just 5 hours before when I left for work. He was only 12.5 years old. It was just Atticus and I for the first 9.5 years of his life. He was always there for me, no matter what. I have enjoyed every moment with him and miss him so deeply. I can't stop sobbing, I sob at least two to three times a day and just feel so sad and numb. I literally feel a deep pain in my chest, like he was just ripped out of my heart, my heart has a huge hole due to losing my wonderful boy! He literally and figuratively had a big heart. He was fantastic with everyone one he met!! Everyone adored him! I miss him so much!! I feel as though my life is over, it is so hard I expect to see him everywhere I am in the house or places I have taken him. I miss hearing him walking around the house, hearing is paws on the wood floor. I miss hearing the jingle of his collar and our nightly walks. I miss hearing the sigh he made when he layed down, I think maybe when he thought I wasn't paying enough attention to him. I just miss him so much!! I can't stop thinking about him, about what I missed that caused him to die, what I should have done and why I wasn't there for him when he needed me the most!! I can't stop crying and aching for him!! I want him back!! I love you my boy!

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By joanne babbitt on Monday, June 5, 2017 5:11:58 AM
I am going through the exact same thing with my boyz, Weezy that just pass i feel like killing myself the pain is so deep.

By plmbunltd on Sunday, July 30, 2017 8:51:17 AM
I just lost my little girl Emma. She was my 13 year old Chihuahua. She had been diagnosed 5 years ago with congestive heart failure and was put on heart meds along with furosemide. Four months ago she came down with a horrific cough and my Vet who I have trusted and loved for 20 years told me to take her home and enjoy her that she was dying of CHF.  I took her to a new Vet, who I had found was actually voted nbr one Vet in America!  He found she had never had CHF and the furosemide had caused her to have kidney failure. Her problem had been her teeth which had now caused sinisitus so bad that it had caused damage to her lungs and bronchial tubes and she now had COPD. She had kidney dialysis and to our surprise, her kidneys were now recovering, but her breathing was getting very labored. We now put her on a nebulizer and steroids. It was helping.

My little Emma was with me all the time, with her little bug eyes always following me when she was too tired to actually follow me anymore. The last night she woke me up with her choking labored breathing sound and I took her outside.  I thought she might have to go?  She wagged her little tail and looked lovingly at me. Nothing. I took her in to her water dish, again she looked lovingly at me with her tail wagging. No drinking.  I picked her to take her back to bed and she went limp. I tried to hook her up to the nebulizer, she took a few breaths and died.  I keep thinking, if I didn't waste time taking her out or taking her to the water dish.  If I only gave her a treatment, could I have saved her?  I feel such guilt!  I can't stand it!  I just am so upset and want to cry all of the time.  I miss her so.  

What is so hard, I just lost two others in the past several months.  My little Rat Terrier, Poopie, age 17 from natural causes, but I had to make that horrible decision. And my Stanley boy, a Grt. Pyrenees who had CHF but was also treated by the same Vet and given too much furosemide (I believe) and had to be put down because of kidney failure at age ten.

Grieving is just too hard.

By delanor70 on Monday, February 6, 2017 7:41:53 PM
Post ID: 646
Omg...my girl cocker spaniel died today😔

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By craigandlisa on Friday, September 02, 2016
Post ID: 4
We lost Maggie, our 12 year old Shetland Sheepdog yesterday.  Even though she was showing signs of aging we are still in shock.  We are having a difficult time just because we do not know what caused her death.  The day before she died she had a problem of not being able to walk. She showed difficulty with this until evening & then seemed to come around.  She was also vomiting.  At one point it looked to be a black substance--maybe blood?  She was also being treated for a thyroid problem over the past few years.  Not sure if her death could be a result with the thyroid or not?  We miss her so.

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By ajckrupa on Friday, October 11, 2016
Post ID: 7
This afternoon my 9 year old doberman pincher, Jade, was laying on her bed when she began to gag.  She tried to get up and couldn't. Less than one minute later she was dead. My family and I are extremely devistated. She was very healthy otherwise.

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By kirsten8123 on 2017-03-18
Post ID: 110
Last night 3/18 My 8 year old siberian husky Misha passed away. the  cause is unknown but it left us devestated.  i am only 17 years old so i have gpostn up most of my life with her.  we had all gone to bed as normal when all of a sudden she let out the most painful sounding howel and by the time we could get to her she had already passed.  this totally shoked my family because just that day we had recieved a foot of snow and she was having the time of her life playing in it.  Misha lived a great life.  she acquired the skill from the neighborhood kids to ring the door bell to get inside.  she had so much personality and was so kind.  and we are really going to miss her, and always love her.

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By lwolfe520 on Sunday, April 9, 2017 3:24:31 PM
Mia was our 3 year old female APBT. Up until yesterday she perfectly fine,eating and playing like a puppy should. Yesterday morning i was woke up by my wife and child saying mia was sick. So i rushed to the room where she was and i immediately thought she was dead. I started cpr and got a response so we rushed her to the vet. The 1st vet was able to stabilize her and suggested we move her to a more well equipped facility, which we did. Upon arrival at the 2nd hospital, she was diagnosed with some type of poisoning. So we spent the money and put her into 24 hour care. The daytime vet gave us a good prognosis and said we could go home. Around midnight the over night vet started calling and asking more questions because she wasnt improving. Then we were basically given some choices. Continue on oxygen and 24 hour care (1500 just to get to the morning) then transfer her to a specialist with care starting at 5 grand or to put her down. As you can imagine we were devastated considering the daytime vet had given us such a good outlook. Apparently after 24 hours of care and no improvements, they ruled out the possibility of poison. They told us it was probably some kind of meningitis. Well being that we had already spent 2000 dollars for the care she had already  received, we could not continue at these prices. So i made the toughest decision ive ever had to make and have my baby girl put down. Needless to say we both balled our eys out and stayed with her in her final minutes.  I'm still at a loss of words for how fast all this occurred, less than 24 hours. Im sorry for all your losses and hope we all get to see our furry little friends again one day.

By veralford on Monday, July 17, 2017 1:50:27 AM
Paula (Atticus ' Mom),
I so get and understand your words so much! My sweet baby girl died on the 3rd of this month after a horribly shocking visit to the ER Vet for some non critical breathing issues. Not quite ready to go into the horrific ugly details but I feel for you so much and share your heartache in the same ways. I miss my sweet sweet Gribbin so much that I don't know how I am going to function without her. She was my 12 yrs and 3 months old perfectly beautiful purebred Cocker Spaniel with the personality of a little bad ass toddler and was my baby girl. I miss everything, her laying behind my chair at night, her sweet kisses, her tapping on my foot when she woke up and before she went to bed each night persistently for her daily treats without fail. Her following me every where, even when I would get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, she had to be where ever I was at all times. The way she would always have to be first. Her coming upstairs each night when we would go up for dinner and her grabbing her toy elephant being so dang cute, and playing before dinner each night. Her sweet sweet kisses we shared each night before sleep. I could go on, and on, and on. It is all just so wrong without her. Our bond was so special and now it's all tore up and broken. I am so shattered without her wondering where she is at,if anywhere? Is she scared etc... etc.... etc... You know, I could tell in your words that you are broken too, without your sweet boy, and I just wanted you to know I'm so, so, so sorry, and I truly do know how heartbroken you are because I too am. I wish you peace of such heartache, until then know that there is someone out there that shares your heartache. I'm so sorry I know your Atticus must of been such a sweet, special Boy.  Sincerely, Vera (Gribbin's Mom).

By violinga1 on 2017-03-11
Post ID: 271
Just wanted to send hugs your way.  My Pekingese that I grew up with is going through something similar to what your dog endured.  The only difference is that she's still with my parents and I visit her as often as possible.  I got a call at work today saying she fainted again....she's hanging in there, but I am devastated and searching for answers online.  Just wanted to say your story touched me and all the best for you and your other dogs.

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By anthrax on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 7:27:49 AM
I just made this account to tell you that you're a psycho.

By bapatterson on 2013-03-12
Post ID: 72
i am so sorry for your loss, i too am going through a horrible sudden loss of my 4 yr old black lab, last week she started getting sick, a little thpost up here and there, then last weds i came home from work and she had thpost up 30 plus coins, i panicked ran her to the vet, they did an xray showing only a few more coins in her stomach, i was told to induce vomiting with hydorgen peroxide, and in 48 hrs return , well i did and she never threw up the remaining coins, i ran her back to the vet sat march 9th, she started becoming really ill, the xray was taken again the coins were still there, we got referred to a surgery center 2 hrs away in another state, i rushed out of there taking her there, she had surgery but she died over nite, the vet told me that her pre lab work was bad, she was severly anemic, her WBC's were elevated and her kidney function was only 16 should of been in the 30's. but she did the surgery anyway thinking she would bounce back, she was only 4, i am devastated, my husband and young child is devastated, but i am having a particularly hard time with this, i sob all the time, i cant sleep ,i cant eat, she gave more to me than i ever could give her, we think she ate the coins while we were at work, we never thought to check my childs change jar that he had under his tv stand, i keep having feelings of the why didnt i know sooner, and all the what ifs . i have tremendous sadness, she was an amazing 90 lb black lab so beautiful. i felt safe with her. i am taking this so hard, the grief is overwhelming, i have a great support system of people who are fellow animal lovers but it doesnt make it any easier.

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By jedandhaley on Friday, July 8, 2016 5:17:05 PM
I'm terribly sorry for what you are going through. Almost a month ago, we lost our 7 year old Saint Bernard suddenly. He was a gift to me from my wife for my 29th birthday. She knew I had always wanted one. He was my buddy; best dog I've ever had or even met. This has been like losing a child for me. One of the hardest things about it is the "what ifs" and "I should have done something different" and "how did I let this happen to him". I don't think I'll ever get over it. Plus, my wife got another Saint 2 years younger in 2011 from the same breeder as a companion for our boy. He is having a hard time, too. He didn't eat for days, he still looks for him; goes outside and becomes confused and whimpers and cries. He now has bad separation anxiety and stands at the door crying when we leave. It's tough.

By bapatterson on 2013-03-12
Post ID: 73
i am so sorry for your loss, i too am going through a horrible sudden loss of my 4 yr old black lab, last week she started getting sick, a little thpost up here and there, then last weds i came home from work and she had thpostn up 30 plus coins, i panicked ran her to the vet, they did an xray showing only a few more coins in her stomach, i was told to induce vomiting with hydorgen peroxide, and in 48 hrs return , well i did and she never threw up the remaining coins, i ran her back to the vet sat march 9th, she started becoming really ill, the xray was taken again the coins were still there, we got referred to a surgery center 2 hrs away in another state, i rushed out of there taking her there, she had surgery but she died over nite, the vet told me that her pre lab work was bad, she was severly anemic, her WBC's were elevated and her kidney function was only 16 should of been in the 30's. but she did the surgery anyway thinking she would bounce back, she was only 4, i am devastated, my husband and young child is devastated, but i am having a particularly hard time with this, i sob all the time, i cant sleep ,i cant eat, she gave more to me than i ever could give her, we think she ate the coins while we were at work, we never thought to check my childs change jar that he had under his tv stand, i keep having feelings of the why didnt i know sooner, and all the what ifs . i have tremendous sadness, she was an amazing 90 lb black lab so beautiful. i felt safe with her. i am taking this so hard, the grief is overwhelming, i have a great support system of people who are fellow animal lovers but it doesnt make it any easier.

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By bapatterson on 2013-03-12
Post ID: 74
i am so sorry for your loss, i too am going through a horrible sudden loss of my 4 yr old black lab, last week she started getting sick, a little thpost up here and there, then last weds i came home from work and she had thpostn up 30 plus coins, i panicked ran her to the vet, they did an xray showing only a few more coins in her stomach, i was told to induce vomiting with hydorgen peroxide, and in 48 hrs return , well i did and she never threw up the remaining coins, i ran her back to the vet sat march 9th, she started becoming really ill, the xray was taken again the coins were still there, we got referred to a surgery center 2 hrs away in another state, i rushed out of there taking her there, she had surgery but she died over nite, the vet told me that her pre lab work was bad, she was severly anemic, her WBC's were elevated and her kidney function was only 16 should of been in the 30's. but she did the surgery anyway thinking she would bounce back, she was only 4, i am devastated, my husband and young child is devastated, but i am having a particularly hard time with this, i sob all the time, i cant sleep ,i cant eat, she gave more to me than i ever could give her, we think she ate the coins while we were at work, we never thought to check my childs change jar that he had under his tv stand, i keep having feelings of the why didnt i know sooner, and all the what ifs . i have tremendous sadness, she was an amazing 90 lb black lab so beautiful. i felt safe with her. i am taking this so hard, the grief is overwhelming, i have a great support system of people who are fellow animal lovers but it doesnt make it any easier.

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By adcleaningkd on 2013-02-19
Post ID: 59
Never ever blame yourself for the death of a beloved pet.

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By menglish432 on 2013-02-09
Post ID: 58
Hello this morning 2/9/2013 my 2yr old shitzo died of heart failure I am so devastated I keep blaming myself how could this happen<br><br><img src="../pd/../pd/"><Br><Br>

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By heitmeyer on 2013-01-02
Post ID: 70

      My beloved 14 year old Terrier/Shephard mix was doing fine. I had finally found a food combination she would regularly eat, her back and hindleg were getting weaker, but we could still take walks in her favorite areas. Before Christmas I went into a store, she was in the car as usual, I came back after 10 minutes, she had gone into a coma. I drove to the vet, they tried various things, but in the end I decided to let her go to her eternal sleep. My heart was ripped out.
      I came onto this site to look for a way to explain her sudden death to the many people who were so fond of her without going into too much detail. I did not perform a necropsy, so we are not sure why. I feel as if I am among friends who understand. Thank you for sharing your sad stories, we all feel for each others losses.
      My faith is tested, but in the end I am just so grateful for 14 wonderful years together.
    

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By heitmeyer on 2013-01-02
Post ID: 71

      My beloved 14 year old Terrier/Shephard mix was doing fine. I had finally found a food combination she would regularly eat, her back and hindleg were getting weaker, but we could still take walks in her favorite areas. Before Christmas I went into a store, she was in the car as usual, I came back after 10 minutes, she had gone into a coma. I drove to the vet, they tried various things, but in the end I decided to let her go to her eternal sleep. My heart was ripped out.
      I came onto this site to look for a way to explain her sudden death to the many people who were so fond of her without going into too much detail. I did not perform a necropsy, so we are not sure why. I feel as if I am among friends who understand. Thank you for sharing your sad stories, we all feel for each others losses.
      My faith is tested, but in the end I am just so grateful for 14 wonderful years together.
    

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By unclereggie99 on 2012-12-01
Post ID: 17
I am sorry to hear it.  It leaves a horrible hole in your life, I know.

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By greenlita22@gmail.com on 2012-10-25
Post ID: 6
I also lost my dog recently and I have no clue what happened or what the cause was….. :'(

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By freshstart06 on 2012-10-20
Post ID: 67
Hello, I came upon your post in search of finding other Boston owners who lost their beloved family members suddenly. My Gus, 5 1/2 years young and full of life and endless energy died suddenly Monday afternoon. He was fine Monday morning, before I left for work, and my boyfriend saw him at lunch time, and he was fine then. However, when he got home from work Gus was lethargic, and not acting like his usual self, but in about an hour he simply stopped breathing. The pain is not like anything I have ever felt before, even for a human. I liked reading what you did to honor your pooch Pistol.
      I have a 12 y/o Boston, and she was my motivation for getting Gus, as Rosalie went blind suddenly around 5 years ago. Gus was so amazing for Rosalie, bringing new life to her. They played together, they laid together many times.
      I look forward to hearing back from you with any suggestions you may have to help me cope with this huge loss.
      Karen
    

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By freshstart06 on 2012-10-20
Post ID: 68

      Hello,
      I came upon your post in search of finding other Boston owners who lost their beloved family members suddenly. My Gus, 5 1/2 years young and full of life and endless energy died suddenly Monday afternoon. He was fine Monday morning, before I left for work, and my boyfriend saw him at lunch time, and he was fine then. However, when he got home from work Gus was lethargic, and not acting like his usual self, but in about an hour he simply stopped breathing. The pain is not like anything I have ever felt before, even for a human. I liked reading what you did to honor your pooch Pistol.
      I have a 12 y/o Boston, and she was my motivation for getting Gus, as Rosalie went blind suddenly around 5 years ago. Gus was so amazing for Rosalie, bringing new life to her. They played together, they laid together many times.
      I look forward to hearing back from you with any suggestions you may have to help me cope with this huge loss.
      Karen<br><br><img src="../pd/../pd/IMG_2099 (768x1024).jpg"><Br><Br>
    

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By sylvie on 2010-12-01
Post ID: 52
i'm sorry for Gucci not being here, and you having no idea he would be there one hour and not the next. i posted right below you. it is unbelievable, isn't it - that they are right there, and then not.

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By ajtemple on 2010-03-12
Post ID: 51
My last post was in reference to "Cool-Allison"s post about her 1yr old puppy she lost.

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By 11critters on Monday, June 13, 2016 2:35:31 PM
Hi I am so devastated !!! I have 8 dogs that I adore.y one 13 year old bichon has seemingly been healthy but at times he would have blood in his stool . He had an appetite for some weird things so I chalked it up to irritation. Sometimes I would've him a 1/2! Prednisolone tablet . He always popped right out of it and seemed fine . I returned home last night to find him dead on the floor with blood on his rear !!  What went wrong !!!!

By janet on 2009-09-25
Post ID: 50

      RonJohn, I am so sorry for your loss.  My email address is janet@claimsurveys.com.  We also lost our 10 year old mixed breed suddenly six weeks go.  Please email me if you would like.  There is a support group that has a chat room that has been very helpful to me.  Please take care, you are not alone.
      Janet
    

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By writernd on 2009-02-24T13:27:28.707-08:00
Post ID: 49
We lost Czar Nicholas ("Niko") Saturday morning (the 21st of Feb., 2009), just 11.7 years after his birth.  He was perfectly fine.  Did his two most favorite things that morning, including a long walk and went outside as he always does after his walks.  Later when checked on, he was already dead.  :(

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By TINYBABIES86 on 2008-10-20
Post ID: 245
I NEVER SOLD A PUPPY TO THESE PEOPLE MY NAME IS ALL OVER THE INTERNET FOR THINGS I NEVER DID PLEASE PICK ON SOMEONE ELSE I ONLY SELL YORKIES NOTHING ELSE IF SOMEONE ELSE'S PUPPY DIES CALL THE OWNER OF THE PERSON YOU BOUGHT THE PUPPY FROM OR DO YOU HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO.

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By arthistjsr on 2008-05-27
Post ID: 42

      Did you find out the results of the autopsy on Brinkly?
      My golden died suddenly as well.
    

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By tinareneclark on 2008-03-11
Post ID: 94
My last sentence in my last post obviously meant to say there will NEVER be another Littlebit. Never-Ever. Tina

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By t.hipwood2000 on Friday, March 18, 2016 3:12:46 AM
        I'm 15 years old. I'm so sorry to hear about this sad news. My baby pug was sitting with me yesterday evening on the sofa. We have two pugs, both 10 weeks old, but Bella (the one on my lap) was quite a bit smaller. I stood up with her and she wriggled out of my arms, I tried catching her, and did a little with one hand, but she still hit the ground. She didn't land on her paws but I quickly got her up and we kept her head straight, she was responding slightly but when my mum got back she held her and said that she wasn't alive anymore. Her eyes were open staring, they didn't blink and she didn't move anymore. Her toung was out of her mouth and she lied still. My mum then saud that her toung moved back into her mouth but I don't think she did that, I think when my mum moved her, it went back in. She rushed to the vets with her and around 15 minutes later the vet said that she died. I don't understand what could have happened. We think she might have broken her neck, but she was slightly response straight after it happened. Could she have had brain damage from when she fell? Our hearts are all broken and are so incredibly sad. We only had her for 2 weeks but she was so close to us. Her sister Charley is our second pug, does she know? can she smell her?
        There aren't words to describe the sadness my family and I feel.
      

By jenhelrog on Sunday, April 3, 2016 7:51:27 PM
Why did my little silly die? Lucy was breathing very heavily which she did when excited. But as the morning went on she got worse and couldn't walk properly. I took her to the vet who took an X-ray of her throat. She showed me how her throat had grown narrow, a generic trait, but also there was inflammation which was why she couldn't breathe properly. She gave Lucy an anti inflammatory injection and an antibiotic one. She said of the breathing didn't settle down to take her to the emergency vet as they were closing for the weekend. Lucy just lay quietly but responded so well that her breathing quiet ended down and was normal but shallowish. However when she wanted to move she couldn't walk and overbalanced but was able to drag herself a little way. I watched her during the night waking up each hour. Her breathing was still ok. Then next time I checked she had just died. I couldn't believe it. I am in such grief I cry often and am so upset about her dying. She was 12 years old and my little companion .  Was her not walking permanent? What caused it and could I have saved her life? Jenny.

By squeaks1423 on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 6:21:37 AM
        Hello DNelson.
        I am sorry for your loss.
        I just lost my 10 year old chihuahua a day ago.  She was fine just two days ago. She had a little labored breathing the night she passed, but was eating, alert, licking her paws (sign she was itchy) I was going to take her to the emergency vet but with her being itchy, no cough I thought maybe her allergies were acting up and I would take her to the vet in the morning.  One hour later she was gone. She sat with me at my moms and on the way home 2 minute ride she acted strangely.  I blew the horn for my husband to get into the van to go right away to the vet. Her eyes were bugged out with a look of fear and her tongue turned purple.  Her head went limp and as I am screaming and crying watching her die in my arms I tried to breath into her mouth and nose to resuscitate her then pressing on her chest.  She took 2 breaths and she was gone.  This little 3lb dog Squeaks was like a child. I have no children so she was everything to me.  Sweet as can be and no trouble at all.  I'm devastated.  I keep blaming myself for not doing proper CPR or not going right away to the emergency vet.  I can't stop crying.  I see her everywhere and I can't let go of holding her little pink fleece coat.  I just don't understand it. Why?  Hoping your grief is in the healing process.  I have a long way to go.
        Sherry
      

By lummus211 on 2008-02-20T12:19:55.677-08:00
Post ID: 41
We lost our best friend on 2/18/08.  It was a sudden death and he has been with us for ten years.  It is extremely painful and we don't know how to move on without him.  You take care of yourself and we hope one day we can get another one.

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By kimbos1970 on 2007-12-03
Post ID: 91
We lost a very special member of our family on 12/2/07 around 9am, Smokey Joe was a Cairne Terrier- he just turned 5 years old on Oct 31, we just bought him a brother another cairn terrier named Oakly. Smokey Joe and Oakley loved to play together and Smokey loved to be chased when he had his tennis ball in his mouth, so the boys were doing this Sunday morning, and I said come on boys let's take it out side, only seconds later my sister looked out and said look Smokey is really tired and I noticed he was not breathing, he was already gone, my finace and I tried CPR to revive him, but were not successful. He was my baby boy and was such a good dog, I just do not understand what happened to him, he as fine and playing one sec and gone the next, absolutley no signs of anything being wrong. I loved him so very much, he will be very missed by our family. We all LOVED him so very much and it is going to be so hard to stop missing him, I am so glad he had a GREAT 5 years.

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By mkara33 on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 7:13:28 PM
What happened to taking him to the vet.  Obviously he had something going on with his bottom.  That's what you should have done.

By georgiegirl on Sunday, August 28, 2016 11:43:52 AM
Condolences to you on the loss of your pup. I have an almost 13 year old male shih tzu. For the past year he hacks when he drinks water and snores very loudly with a gurgling noise at times. The vet said he has brachycephalic syndrome which is common with the breed. My 11 year old pug, who passed away recently, also had it.  If it is detected very early in the dogs life, a surgical procedure can be performed.  Neither of my dogs showed any symptoms until their late years.  I hope this helps.

By a_g_d on 2007-11-11
Post ID: 84
Our beautiful black lab Bradley died at 4 o'clock this morning. He was seven months old. We were woken by some unusual noises, perhaps whimpering or dreaming, and by the time we had the lights on he had gone. He was pure bred with a pedigree as long as your arm and in perfect health.We are completley stunned and don't know what to do with ourselves.He was the best natured, most loving and affectionate dog and we are wondering how, in such a short space of time, he could have left such an unforgetable mark on our family.He truly embodied everything that is meant by unconditonal love and I'm happy to say that we returned that love in equal measure. Now we are left to sit and cry as we gather up his little possesions, such as they were. Our hearts go out to all who feel as we do now.

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By randi_pdx on 2007-10-18
Post ID: 83

      I'm SO sorry to hear about your loved ones! I know they're in a better place and are now watching us and taking care of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

      And to the young husky owners. So young and no signs of any problems. Joey wasn't young (almost 9) but it was all very sudden also. I understand all the emotions you're going through. We send our thoughts with you all.
    

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By randi_pdx on 2007-10-16
Post ID: 82
My broken heart goes out to all of you and your loved ones. We lost our big girl Joey today; in the same way a lot of you did. I was walking her (an 8 and a half year old Great Prynees) and Bella when Joey's back leg looked like it went out from under her. I thought she had tripped on something but she couldn't get up and was staring at me. I started freaking out and she tarted shaking and was gone. This happened all in 15 seconds. I somehow ran the half a block to our house screaming for my husband who came and tried to do CPR and to move her tongue from her throat, in case it was a seizure but she was already gone. She was my bestest friend in the whole world and changed everybody's life that she walked into. I'm in shock like you guys all were. We walked in the morning like normal, she ate, went potty... Everything normal. And now, gone. My heart goes out to all of you who feel this same devestation.

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By zsazsa123 on 2007-10-10
Post ID: 79

      hi my name is sheryl,
      i feel your pain. my chinese pug of 12Lbs who lived with spinal cord diease for the last 2 1/2  years of her life.  my dog was having trouble breathing.  it was memorial day weekend. my vet was closed. so i called in the hospital & drove her there, thinking she would be ok. the oxygen tent was not helping her breath much better, and ask me how long she has had heart diease, i told that could be possible shes had been to the vet recently and she had no heart problems.he told me because it was a holiday weekend that there was noone to give her a ultrasound on her heart he said she wouldnt make the drive to another hospital.i was like, your a veterinarian and you dont know how, and being the only hospital open for emergency, i said you have got to be kinding. he said she wouldnt make it to another hospital. so i had to put her down. rippped my heart, to the today, went to her specialist dr.k told me he should of use a breathing tube because wwhen they breath heavy their throat swells close. he would have gotten air into her lungs, then he read the bloodwork wrong. it was an infection, could have been treated. and everyday it haunts me. i know what you going through, and as i say this in tears, i understand your loss...
      Sheryl
    

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By zoeygoetsch on 2007-09-30
Post ID: 81

      I lost my dog on Saturday.  He had his shots and was in perfect health (went camping and sailing this month).  He was 9yrs old but never looked or acted it (probably helped that I had forgotten his age by a few years until this month)-tons of jumping up and down, barking, begging, etc. Ger Shep mix at 85lbs with no hip problems, only a few fatty tumors and a love of garbage trucks, mailmen and cats.  He was the life of the party, and loved food (with a huge weakness for catshit).

      He didn't get me up (a 1st ever) but had my other dog get me up for food for her very urgently (she never wants to eat!-and sometimes no walk...) and demanded I take her out.  My Ger Shep never has missed a meal or walk and didn't want either.  I saw he had a 1 & 2 accident that were already cold.  I called him and finally he came over and stood there kind of stiffly.  I checked his eyes which were not bloodshot and told him he'd be fine-maybe a stomach flu.  He went into the bathroom to lie down on his side (which he never does but my other dog always does because it's cooler there).  We came back from a short walk (10-15 min max) and my dog was warm and still-doll like with a large blue tongue hanging out.  He was considerably heavier than the usual 85 lbs.  I couldn't lift him and realized he was gone.  Very devastating as my other dog had set me up and they obviously planned exactly how it was going to go down (her job was to distract me).

      I was so flustered I couldn't find the vet info-busy and then they recommended the city shelter. I couldn't lift his body and half of his fans out of town.  311 said to "put him on the curb" which I couldn't do physically or emotionally.  He's not roadkill! With the city's 24 hours turn around time and him already leaking fluids and feces this was not going to happen.
      I was on hold at the crematorium and his body starting to stink.
      Ashes sitting around would be too painful and I know they lump all the dogs together even at the "discount" price of $650.
      I finally lugged at least 150lbs of him with a friend and took him to the shelter where they were very helpful and kind.

      He was more than a dog to me- my best friend, child, and nearly a spouse, and clearly the love of my life!  He's been my doorbell, alarm clock, garbage disposal, friend, security, and entertainment, and close family!--The biggest personality and goof-ball there ever was, trickster and constantly laughing and smiling.  My entire life for 8 years has revolved around him out of necessity; the reason I live where I do, have the schedule I have, the PO Box that I have, and even the boyfriends I have-and the exes that still visited him.

      I'm completely in shock and devastated.  At least my other dog is quite fine, but you never know I guess.  I never knew 2 could be such a lonely number (although my other dog is sooo "fine" that I wonder if he is still here)!

      SOSKY 1998-2007
    

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By jenthabella on 2007-09-28
Post ID: 131
MY dog died suddenly and he had "noisy" dreams as well. I find that very interesting.  I am so sorry for the loss of your pet.

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By jenthabella on 2007-09-28
Post ID: 78

      HI,  I lost dog "Max" suddenly on Tuesday.  He was a Rat Terrier and Australian Shep. mix. He was the greatest dog and my family and I are left devastated.  He died in a the snap of finger!  I came home and he greeted me as usual.  I was in a hurry so I pet him on the head and said, "not now Max" or something to that affect.  I got what I needed and started to head out the door when I paused and looked back at him.  I thought for an instant that I would take him to the park with us but quickly ruled that idea out because we had other errands and it would be too hot for him in the car.  I went out and shut the door only to realized that I left my daughters' pom poms in the house. I went right back in only to find Max on the floor.  I said,"what are you doing Max?!#" and gently touched him with my foot. I realized that something was terribly wrong, so I instinctivley picked him up.  AT that point I realized he was dying and in the blink of an eye he was gone.  I freaked out and after the shock of what had just happened had worn off, I started crying histerically. At that point I had no idea what killed him and still really don't. All that I can do is speculate.  We had him since he was weeks old and I do know that he was the runt and barely lived at birth.  I feel that my sweet baby had heart trouble. It probably was a congenital defect.  I really can't be sure though.  ALl that I know it that a huge void has been left in out lives and I know that it will get easier with time, but for today, it hurts soo bad.  It has only been three days and I still find myself wanting to let him out or call him to come.  I find his hair everywhere so I am constantly reminded.  Max was not only our pet, he was our protector, our companion, and our friend.  Max you will always be loved and never forgotten.  WE love you!
      Mama Huey and the Fam
    

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By marcinko4 on 2007-09-27
Post ID: 77
Kay and Bob:  I go back to this site every few days since the passing of our beloved Bear.  Yesterday would have been his 11th Birthday.  He died exactly like your Tio.  Since August 7th I have been trying to make sense out this and this site has helped.  I can now say...it wasn't the right time for Tio or Bear, but it was the right way.  Evertime you think of Tio smile..it does get better.  You are in my thoughts.  Maria M

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By mrwtallyho on 2007-09-26
Post ID: 80
Yesterday my husband and I lost our beloved Rottweiler, Tio, who was two months shy of turning ten.  He was extremely healthy, active, athletic, energetic, and playful up to his death.  There was absolutely no indication that anything was wrong with him. His appetite has been very normal, both for breakfast, dinner and any snacks in between.  His eyes were bright, everything was NORMAL. Nothing to suggest he would die that day.  We had both thought we would get a couple more years out of him because he was so healthy & active, and didn't act his age at all.  He brought me his tug toy in the morning while I was drinking coffee to play with him as usual.  When I took him out to potty around 12:30, he urinated normally and scratched the ground marking his turf.  Everything was so normal.  I was working on the computer in the dining room and never heard a peep out of him.  Sometime between 2:00 & 4:00 he just died.  I found him in a spot he doesn't usually  lay down in , near the front door. It looked like he laid down and gone to sleep.  I know he didn't fall down because I would have heard him against the closet door.  Our hearts are broken and heavy with grief, but I know he has crossed the rainbow bridge to be with our other Rotties who have gone before him, and he will wait faithfully for us to join him. He was the light and life of our home with his high energy and drive.  He was a devoted watch dog, and you could tell by his bark who was at the front door, whether friend or unknown visitor.  God bless my faithful friend, I will always miss you but never forget you.  "Tio"  November 28, 1997 - September 25, 2007.  Love Kay & Bob

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By little_qt_pie on 2007-09-15
Post ID: 76

      Sept. 14, 20007 started like any other day except it was not.  My 18 year old daughter's dog Daisy May 5 year old Golden Retriever and Dixie 4 year old Bichon Frise start the day by going outside every morning at 6:00 a.m. It was raining and both of them usually do their business  and hurry in. Dixie came but Daisy being inquisitive as she is was checking around the perimeter of the fenced in yard. Which she would do every morning except this moring she only made it around a 1/4 of the yard before she collapsed suddenly. We found her almost an hour later opened eyes and a blue tongue she had died. It was like she was still running.  Her front paws still in running position. We took her to the vet for an autopsy but they did not answer my daughter's questions as of why her beloved Daisy died. We are sending tissue off to be tested. Hopefully that will bring us some answers. We are having her cremated and plan on burying her near the fenced in backyard where she loved to run and play. She has etched a place in all our hearts and she will never be forgotten and is deeply missed by all of us.

      Our hearts go out to everyone who has suffered the loss of a beloved pet.

      We love you Daisy!!!!!!!!
      Until we meet again at rainbow bridge.
      Mark, Ann, Lauren, and Alysha
    

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By sabrena on 2007-09-13
Post ID: 75
I had until yesterday a 6 year old Huskie named Timber. I am still trying to understand what happened to him.  He was perfectly healthy.  He was fine, been eating and drinking normal.    But around 3:00 or so I was messing with the pool and I seen him laying on his side.  No big deal I thought he was sleeping, my husband came out to talk to me about emptying the water from the pool and we pushed on the side and let a lot of water out which ran toward Timber but didn't reach him.  Still didn’t think anything about him not moving …then all of  a sudden he lifted his head and let out a long howling cry.   Darin said that sounded like he was in pain.  Well I started walking toward Timber talking to him…you know “what’s wrong buddy, you ok?”  and he didn’t move,  I got closer to the pen and he still didn’t move.  I got about 3 feet from him and he looked at me without raising his head.  I freaked I ran to him  and lifted his head up….he was so weak his tongue was hanging to the side and his eyes were like they were not really seeing me.  I looked all over him for injuries and seen nothing except a couple drops of blood coming from his penis, but there was not a puddle of blood or nothing.  I couldn’t get him up.   I layed his head back down and ran to the house to get Darin and call the vet.   I yelled at Darin and was dialing the vet, I kept getting the number wrong when Darin came back in and said it was too late he had died.  I ran back out there and just could not believe it I just hugged him and cried it still does not seem real.  I just do not understand what could have happened to him.   I have blamed myself now for two days but can not figure out what I could have done different.

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By julie_glick on 2007-09-07
Post ID: 19
I am so sorry for you - I am in the same place.  It is just awful.

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By davval on 2007-09-02
Post ID: 18
Hi Last night my 4 year old Lhasa Apso Lucy was sitting on my lap as normal. She let out a howl and just died. She was a strong healthy and intelligent dog and we have no idea what happened to her. We will miss you heaps Lucy-Lou xoxo

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By alandria_pennix on 2007-06-19
Post ID: 65

      On June 18, 2007 my dog was sick and I noticed because she wasn't running and barking as she normally does. We tried to take her to the Humane Socity but they would not take her. We brought her home and placed her in the basement where it was cool. I was going down every 5 minutes to check on her, then I went to the computer room to look up how I can help her because she couldn't move it was like she was paralyzed every time she tried to move her head she would shake and struggle. I looked up heatstroke for pets and all the symtoms that was posted was the same symptoms she had when I look up how I can help her it said with cool tiles and frozen ice when I went to go do it, it was to late she had already passed away.


      R.I.P.
      Issac January 7, 2007 - June 18,2007
      She was only five months old.
    

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By mepal on 2007-06-17
Post ID: 64
My dog died today. It was so sudden. He was never sick a day in his 10 years. We don't know what happened. He seemed to have some hind leg stiffness last night, and was acting lethargic. We made plans to take him to the emergency hospital the next day as it was Sunday. He died while I was waiting for help to get him in the car. He let out a horrible howl and died. I am too sad for words or even thoughts. I didn't know a dog could die like this. All of our other dogs got sick, treatment and put down in old age. this was a horrible shock and I am left with guilt and have decided to try and find out why he died. I took him to the animal hospital to find out why he died and they said I had to take him to a lab an hour away in the morning. This is too awful. I don't think I will get over this. It is so comforting to see that other people have had similar experiences. I just hope I get over this sudden death from unknown cause.

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By ddks12 on 2007-06-15
Post ID: 63
On June 12,2007 our 2 year old golden ret. died.  He was in great health and was just at the vets on May 26, 2007 for a check up.  Since we had him he was NEVER sick once.   He was active every minute till he died.   My wife was lying on the couch with Bailey at her feet, like he always was.  She awoke to him grasping a breath and that was it.  You call a vet and they can't tell you nothing.  You put all your time and love into a pet and something like this happens and WE are supposed to just let it go.  Explain that to my wife and 6 year old daughter.   I hope one day we can find a  ANSWER!!!   WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU BAILEY, MY BUDDY DAN SUE KAYLA AND DANNY

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By juneangelus on 2007-06-02
Post ID: 62

      We lost out 8.5 year old Golden Retriever Misty on May 30st 2007. She was a healthy dog... never been sick, sprained her front paw monday, by Wednesday she was walking good, Wednesday  night she started to vomit around 7 PM, we spoke to the vet on the phone at 9Pm told us what to give to her, said that if she wasn't better by morning to bring her in. All night lone she vomited, it was really more of a gagging up muchus. Then at 6 am she had a bout of diarreaha. We were at the vets at 9 am they took blood, sent it out, and xrays they suspected that she had a viral infection. We left her at 9:40 am, she was put on IV fluikds and we expected to bring her home the next day or 2. She was fine at 3 PM actually was feeling better from the IVs than she had been in the morning. We received a call at 6 Pm saying that she passed. At 5:15 she became to coughing up blood, within minutes she was gone.The blood work came back indicating there was something wrong with her heart. so what we took her in to the vets is not actually ended up taking her. We are told that the vomiting and diaheara was from a viral infection but she actually died of a sudden heart failure.
      This is the most horrible thing that we have ever eXrerienced. She showed no signs or indications of having anything wrong with her prior to Wednesday night.
    

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By jkc9943 on 2007-05-30
Post ID: 10
Yes, Toads can be immediately toxic. Here in Arizona they do a warning every summer when people start going to the lakes. The toads release a toxin that can kill a dog with in minutes. You have to remove the toad and immeiately wash their mouths out. Then take them to the vet immediately.

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By adele on 2007-05-26
Post ID: 57
I didn't know what else to do - its after midnight in England and this morning our beautiful golden retriever called Max 8 years collapsed suddenly and died while out walking with me. I have no idea why? and keep thinking i should have done something, that i let him down. I thought perhaps i could find some answers on the web. I am so grateful to all of you for posting your commments. It has helped me to reason a little and to feel as if i am not the only one suffering this experience. My thoughts are with all of you for your losses. I feel a little stronger now to face tomorpost and to think how best we might celebrate Max's time with us.We have buried him in the garden today so i know he is home and safe. He was a very special member of our family who we loved very much. Goodnight Max sleep tight!

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By mtrotter on 2007-05-12
Post ID: 48

      I lost my loving cocker spaniel last night with no warning,he was 12 years old.He was a wonderful loving dog and I well never forget him.I don't have a clue why he died. My wife is heart broken over this.I'am going to get another cocker spaniel.Can someone tell me where I can get another wonderful cocker spaniel.
      Thank you I feel sorry for anyone who well half to deal with their pet when they pass on.
      Mike Trotter
    

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By jenni4475 on 2007-04-14
Post ID: 9
The same thing happened to my Abby grace. she had a heart arrythmia and took meds but was pretty normal . she did suddenly on feb 27 and i mean SUDDENLY.she was 2 years old and weighed 48 pounds. I think her arrythmia turned into dilated cardiomyopathy. Poor girl....I miss my baby.

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By missyweets on 2007-04-08T18:21:05.873-07:00
Post ID: 47
yesterday on 4/7/07 our boxer was outside playing, when we went to let her inside we found her laying in the yard dead,,,, no explanation at all,,, she was only a year old and had no previous health problems,,, she had no wounds and no signs of any trama,,,, we are confused and heart broken,, the one thing we are curious about,, she only weighed about 40 -45 pounds,, that didnt seem normal for a boxer her age,, im wondering if she had a heart condition that made her so small.

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By lilstars on 2007-03-23
Post ID: 56

      I lost my special "Sammie" today.  She was a "healthy" happy shetland sheepdog only seven years old.  She was my family's first dog, and what a great dog she was.

      Just last night we called our dogs in from going "potty" and she wasn't the first one in this time; in fact she didn't come in at all.  I reopened the door and called her and she came slowly in with her tail down.  My daughter (18) and I looked at each other and wondered what could be wrong with her.  She came in and laid down next to my chair and didn't seem to be labored in her breathing or thposting up or experiencing any discomfort. When we went to bed about a half hour later she didn't follow me up the stairs.  Later when I let one of our cats out of my room she was at my door.  I let her in and she evidently went to sleep.

      The next morning when I woke up, the other dogs (two pomeranians) were excited to go out as usual, but Sammie didn't come and I called out to her.  She came very slowly, her eyes unfocused and her mouth salivating.  She stumbled as she walked and barely made it down the stairs.  I realized at the bottom of the stairs that she was deathly ill.  I called to my daughter to wake her for help and to let her know we were leaving for the vet.  It was 6:15 am when I came down the stairs, and by 6:30 we were in the car on the way to the vet.  She die less than 15 minutes later.  Our wonderful, faithful, sweet, perfect Sammie was dead laying next to my sobbing 18 year old daughter who had been talking to her and holding her head.  We will miss her.  It was over too fast...
    

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By jbell on 2007-03-10
Post ID: 55

      Our beagle has done the exact thing.  We took her to the vet yesterday he had no answers, just did the same eliminating heartworms, heart failure etc.

      It was found that even though she is 8 years old, her lungs appeared as though she were 12.  I am also looking for answers and what next.

      Sorry I have no answers, but now at least there is another with the same symptoms and you are the first I've seen

      Jen
    

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By eric on 2007-03-07
Post ID: 40

      Saturday evening my son and I were on our way out to join the rest of our family that were waiting for us to meet them for dinner. We noticed our 6 y/o Yellow Lab sleeping as cute as ever, face on his outstreached paws.  But he wasn't sleeping.

      Sunny was in (what we thought) exeptional health...muscular, strong, slender...all around the most loving animal we have ever had.

      One thing though...he often had what seemed to be noisy dreams.

      The feeling is that he died of an arrythmia from adrenaline producing dream activity.

      We are devistated.

      Thank you all for your stories. They are helping us cope.

      Eric and Family
      eric@familydoc.com
      Long Island, NY
    

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By bbweinst on 2007-03-03
Post ID: 38

      Thank goodness for this site.  I lost Cody yesterday, my nine year old lab/shepard mix.  The hardest thing for me with it happening so quickly is that I feel like I didn't have the opportunity to say goodbye.  It's refreshing to hear all of your experiences in a way that we can all grieve together.  My dog, like with all of yours, was one of a kind.  I am already missing him dearly and will look forward to someday raising, teaching, and living out everyday with another dog.  Be Well.

      BW
    

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By bbweinst on 2007-03-03
Post ID: 39

      Thank goodness for this site.  I lost Cody yesterday, my nine year old lab/shepard mix.  The hardest thing for me with it happening so quickly is that I feel like I didn't have the opportunity to say goodbye.  It's refreshing to hear all of your experiences in a way that we can all grieve together.  My dog, like with all of yours, was one of a kind.  I am already missing him dearly and will look forward to someday raising, teaching, and living out everyday with another dog.  Be Well.

      BW
    

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By lindalucchese on 2007-03-02
Post ID: 46
You mention that you had been using the shampoo for four weeks.  I certainly hope you weren't washing your dog every week!  Animals don't need baths that often.  It's very bad for their skin, it's not like a human's.  I have had animals my entire life and they need time between washings for their skin to regain the oils needed for their health and coat.  I usually let a month, or more likely a month and a half, go by between washings.  I spot clean paws if they get muddy in the woods or there's a possibility salt is caught in them.  Don't allow yourself to become paranoid about your pet.  They are animals and were created to live and survive in the great outdoors.

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By lindalucchese on 2007-03-02
Post ID: 54
On Saturday, February 24th, 2007, my fourteen year old Pomeranian named Pepper died.  A change occured when his skin last September became very itchy.  He was scratching and scratching but there were no fleas or ticks. I shaved his fur so the skin could breath but that didn't help much.  I read that dogs become allergic to chicken (he often had roasted chicken for dinner) and that bad skin is a sign of a more serious underlying problem.  In short, I changed is diet to Lamb and Venison, then took him to a rather goofy doctor that prescribed CEFA-drops.  I believe the combination of a change in diet and the drops helped tremendously but the end came shortly thereafter.  He went out on the deck, a snowy/wet evening, to do his business.  I was watching like I always do in cold weather so my dogs aren't out longer than they should be.  As Pepper was coming back to the door he went down, spread eagle, on his stomach and gave a very unusual bark.  I ran out, picked him up and brought him in.  His heart was racing, his was panting and his tongue was hanging out of his mouth to one side.  I tried to relax his leg muscles, relieve any tension, I gave him a baby aspirin which helped a little with the heartbeat but nothing slowed his heartbeat down enough.  His tongue was cold and his body was losing heat.  I knew the end was near.  Finally, I told him to say "Hello" to Prince (his brother died last year), Paris (another Pom whose original owner we found after 10 months) and Priscilla Pearl Girl (a large white rabbit we found in the woods and had for three years), he then gave six unually barks and collasped in my arms.  I'm so sad to lose him but happy I was with him at the end of the road.  He wasn't alone.

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By jnecmm on 2007-02-24
Post ID: 61
It has been 2 hours since my sweet mini schnauzer, Zoey, died in my arms.  She had never given any indication that she was sick; in fact, she was at the vet for her annual exam less than a month ago and was given a clean bill of health.  A week ago, I noticed that she was getting alittle short of breath-no symptoms up till that point.  I took her to the vet & was told that she had end stage cardiomyopathy and a poor prognosis.  The vet could give no explanation for the cause and admitted that she herself felt helpless because there was nothing much that she could do for her. I was supposed to take her to a cardiologist on Monday as a last ditch effort to see if something could be done, but she didn't have the energy to fight anymore.  I am still in shock and am having a terrible time dealing with the death of a dog that was like a child to me. I will never forget her.

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By iain on 2007-02-21
Post ID: 45
last night our 7 1/2 yo 96lb black lab(mix), Eiggie, just dropped dead. It was devastating. She had been perfectly normal and happy when I put her in her run along with her sister, Rhum. When I returned from work Rhum was happy as ever but Eiggie was subdued and walked slowly into the house, with a "hang-dog" look. She climbed into her bed and went to sleep. I thought she must have been playing like crazy all day and was exhausted. When she still hadn't stirred a couple of hours later, I went to see her - she was responsive, but still subdued. I tried to give her a treat, but she refused it. A little later, she got up and ate some food and water, but 15 minutes later she vomited it back up. I cleaned up the mess and comforted her and she seemed OK, if still quite subdued. About 30 minutes later I heard gagging sounds - she had vomited mostly fluid with some food remnants in it. She was breathing heavily and looking very sad. It was late at night but I decided I had better try to get her to an emergency vet (regrettably the nearest to my home in rural SE ohio is 90 miles away) The next bit happened so suddenly it left me stunned. I sat down beside her to try to coax her to get up to go to the car. She tried to get up,looked at me sadly, gave two big gasps and lurches of her back, her eyes glazed and clouded over, and she sank back into her bed exhaling her last breath. A dog that was perfectly healthy and happy in the morning was now inexplicably dead. I'm shocked that so many others have suffered a loss like this. I'm beginning to understand something that had never crossed my radar screen before - dogs, like humans, can suffer massive heart attacks and drop dead; that one was never printed in my petcare manual.

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By mlethomley on 2007-02-14
Post ID: 60
I lost the best dog I ever had on Thursday 2/8/07. My mother woke up to go to work and Max (my beloved German Shepard) got up to get a drink of water as normal. She then noticed that his back legs were very wobbly. My father thought it was because he had just woken up. He then fell onto the floor. They got him up and moved him on the carpet where he quit breathing. My father performed CPR and massaged his heart. He began breathing again. They walked him into the living room trying to get him into the car to take him to the vet. He fell over again. My dad picked him up and he stopped breathing again. They rushed him to the emergency vet and they used the paddles and everything. It was too late. The vet said it sounds like a stroke of some sort or a seizure. Like some of you others, we did not want an autopsy. Max was 11 years old and in wonderful health. Just the day before he was running around with my dad outside playing. He was so smart and loving and he would not hurt a fly. No one knows what happened. I am so distrought over this. I have not lived at home now for about 2 years but Max was still my baby and I miss him terribly. I am not sure how to deal with this because he was not sick at all. I lost a cat a few years ago but he was 18 and getting really sick. This was so unexpected. I would still love to know what happened to my dog but I dont want anyone having to cut him to find out. They are cremating him and sending him back home to be with his family. I am just very happy to know that he never suffered. We will always love you poopsie bear. You where the best dog anyone could ever ask for. You are always in my thought. I LOVE YOU

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By jimbo545 on 2007-02-13
Post ID: 53
My faithful dog Jake just died in about 20 minutes time. I can't believe this would be normal . He was a St. Bernard/collie/shepard mix about 85lbs and beautiful. He went outside for about half an hour and my husband found him on our deck just laying there. He got up and walked wobly into our door and layed down once inside. Twenty minutes later he just quit breathing. Why? What could of happened? He was only 3 years old and in perfevt health. I noticed sometime last month he wasn't as agressive when visitors came he actually would almost cower. Has someone done something to him. I know someone was in our home but found nothing missing at the time. I am now wondering if someone fed him something or heart attack. I don't know. His head as he was laying on his side looked like he was nodding yes about 6 times, seizure? There was a minute blood drop around his nose and nothing else. I just layed there with him on the floor petting him and telling him what a good boy he has been for me and how sorry I was that what ever was happening was happening. I thanked him for being so loyal and told him he was my very best friend that I ever had as I never really had a best friend before. I pray it was a heart attack as I just couldn't deal with the thought of some sicko cruelly and intentionally doing this to my fine and faithfull friend whom I will miss dearly. May you rest in peace Jake, I loved you with all my heart and soul. and right now am having a hard time believing how I am going to get along without you by my side everyday like you always have been since you came to live with us. We will you!

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By jmazarva on 2007-02-05
Post ID: 44

      My almost 11 1/2 yr. old sheltie, Ralph, died suddenly on Saturday night. He was definitely slowing down - not running anymore - and he had arthritis, for which he was taking Glucosamine, and his hearing was going. I also noticed that lately he was falling into deeper sleeps, but maybe that was b/c he couldn't hear as well - everything used to wake him up. He also had a little dementia - he used to love going to the dog sitter's when we went away, and when he was there in December, he didn't seem to know where he was.

      I feel terribly guilty because for the past few years I hadn't give him Heartworm pills - believe it or not, he always hated going for walks and disliked the heat. So he was only out in the summer to "do his thing" on the deck, and he came back in. He did love winter and playing in the snow, but there are no mosquitoes in winter. The vet said I'm trying to blame myself and doesn't think I'm at fault.

      My husband and I left Philly for NYC at 2:30 PM, after having fed Ralphie. He ate a normal meal and had a normal bowel movement. I said "see you later" in the kitchen where he was looking at me. We got home at 1 AM (late, I know, and I feel guilty about that too) and Ralph didn't meet us at the door. But lately, that wasn't unusual - sometimes we'd find him sound asleep on the couch and have to nudge him awake to let him know we were home. This time we found him on the couch in a peaceful sleeping position, but his eyes were rolled back... and his limbs were stiff. I got hysterical - I NEVER imagined it would end this way.My 22 year old son in DC is distraught - he and I were the most attached. We feel as if we lost a dear friend and have such an empty feeling.

      It is comforting to read the same kinds of stories here. I guess canine sudden death isn't as rare as we think. I do get comfort from the fact that Ralphie didn't suffer. He was somewhat of a lazy dog (ever hear of a dog that doesn't like to take walks??), so we used to joke that he should get a job. My son and I decided he really did work - his job was making us all happy with is unconditional love and affection.

      God Bless you Ralphie - we still see your paw prints in the snow on the deck, and our hearts are broken. You were the best sheltie we could have ever hoped for - rest in peace, little guy. We loved you DEARLY   Mommy, Daddy, Jeff and Matt
    

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By mama36 on Monday, October 17, 2016 4:30:30 PM
Our dog did not like walks either. Healthy and fit just did not want to go, so I stopped taking her.
Lucy was ten, she just died few days ago. She was not eating well so I took her to vet. The vet said she was just being a picky eater and was healthy. She died 4 1/2 days later. I got an autopsy because I needed to know how she died. The vet said it would not change anything but I needed closure. I did not get to say good bye. If I had known, her last days could of been special. Vet said heart attack. She was was running around one day, gone the next. So hard, can't stop crying. I really feel for each and every person who lost their friend and I am so surprised how many other dogs go to vet then die after unexpected. I will never trust a vet again only myself.

By sandramith6065 on 2007-01-23
Post ID: 8
i hope she gets better soon.

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By notferris on 2007-01-20
Post ID: 33

      We lost our beloved Charlie, a 9 year old Miniature Schnauzer, just yesterday. The events were very similar to others I have read here...no outward signs of anthing wrong.
      We were on our mid-afternoon "walkies" (we both loved to walk and did so 3 times daily). We had stopped to talk to our next door neighbor. Charlie let out a terrible howl, and our neighbor thought her little bichon had stepped on his foot! We walked back to the house (he was a little wobbly), he laid down at the foot of the stairs, and slipped away within minutes.
      Our vet surmised a stroke, but was not sure. I am OK not knowing, I just did not want my little guy invaded with any type of autopsy.
      This is still so raw, and we are still so devastated. I feel Charlie everywhere in the house, and know I will see him in the front window, waiting for his Daddy,for a long time to come.
      Thank you for your site, and allowing me to let these feelings out.
      Keith (Charlie's Daddy)
    

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By adinawace on 2007-01-17
Post ID: 32

      Our hearts are broken and it feels like the world will never be the same for us again. On Sunday morning Jan 14 I went into my daughter's bedroom to wake her up and found that our 9 year old Viszla had died lying beside her during the night. We had taken him and our 3 other dogs out for a walk on Saturday night.He was happy getting his treats and sitting in front of the fireplace so his death has left us in shock and dispair. We miss him so much that our hearts are aching just to hug him one more time. He has hiked so many trails,and given us so much joy for 9 years that it makes it difficult to see past today. We love you so much Mocha and want to say thank you for making us all better people.Thank you for coming to say good bye to me at 3:00 am.I love you mom
      Forever in our hearts and souls
      Daddy, Mommy, Dallas, Stephanie, Jack, Caffery, Becky and Max
    

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By annpiszker on 2007-01-14
Post ID: 31
Our Bailey (a lab mix) died suddenly last Friday. My daughter was home, doing various things, and noticed Bailey wasn't being her usual nosey self, running from this room to that room, looking out the windows for squirrels and bunnies outside. She found her lying down in our computer room, like she was asleep. She was already gone. She was a healthy, VERY active 8 year old. Most people thought she was still a puppy wherever we took her because she acted so young. She had so many quirky, lovable things about her, as many of your fuzzy babies do also. The vet suspected the heart had a sudden irregularity. She asked to do an autopsy but my heart couldn't bear it. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who are also suffering from the loss of their furry loved one. Thank you Bailey for being a great doggie and friend!

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By jeanp on 2007-01-12
Post ID: 30

      Our 13 year old German Shepard died suddenly last night.  Although she was up there in years for a big dog, her health was excellent other than being a little deaf.  Last night she followed us around the house as usual, laying in the middle of the kitchen floor as I cooked dinner and sticking her head in the refrigerator every time I opened the door.  After our dinner I fixed her dinner and she ate every bite as usual followed by her Milk Bone dessert.  She was sitting at the bottom of the couch as my husband and I watched a little TV right with her and suddenly she just fell over.  We got down on the floor with her in about 2 seconds but she was already gone...I could tell because her eyes were fixed and cloudy and her tongue was blue and hanging out.  I couldn't hear a heartbeat or any effort on her part to breathe.

      It is such a shock to have a perfectly healthy and content animal just lay down and die.  As I struggle with the shock and grief of it all, I can only think that Wrigley wanted it that way...to be with her family when she died with no suffering.    My husband and I travel a lot and there are many nights when either one or the other of us isn't home with Wrigley.  But last night we were both there.

      I had begun to dread what might happen in the future as her age caught up with her and we had to watch her suffer with pain or disease.  I think she decided that the best thing for her and for us was to just go this way.  I don't think she suffered one bit but certainly my husband and I are consumed with grief and loss.  She was a big dog and looked scary but she was the worst guard dog in history, she never gpostled or was aggressive to any person or animal.  She was the best companion I could ever have hoped for and I feel blessed that God arranged for us all to be together and in a peaceful setting with her when she died.  I hate it but I am grateful as well for the life she shared with us.  My hearts go out to all who have lost a best friend in this way.  I miss her so terribly.  God bless, Wrigley.
    

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By jeanp on 2007-01-12
Post ID: 37

      Our 13 year old German Shepard died suddenly last night.  Although she was up there in years for a big dog, her health was excellent other than being a little deaf.  Last night she followed us around the house as usual, laying in the middle of the kitchen floor as I cooked dinner and sticking her head in the refrigerator every time I opened the door.  After our dinner I fixed her dinner and she ate every bite as usual followed by her Milk Bone dessert.  She was sitting at the bottom of the couch as my husband and I watched a little TV right with her and suddenly she just fell over.  We got down on the floor with her in about 2 seconds but she was already gone...I could tell because her eyes were fixed and cloudy and her tongue was blue and hanging out.  I couldn't hear a heartbeat or any effort on her part to breathe.

      It is such a shock to have a perfectly healthy and content animal just lay down and die.  As I struggle with the shock and grief of it all, I can only think that Wrigley wanted it that way...to be with her family when she died with no suffering.    My husband and I travel a lot and there are many nights when either one or the other of us isn't home with Wrigley.  But last night we were both there.

      I had begun to dread what might happen in the future as her age caught up with her and we had to watch her suffer with pain or disease.  I think she decided that the best thing for her and for us was to just go this way.  I don't think she suffered one bit but certainly my husband and I are consumed with grief and loss.  She was a big dog and looked scary but she was the worst guard dog in history, she never gpostled or was aggressive to any person or animal.  She was the best companion I could ever have hoped for and I feel blessed that God arranged for us all to be together and in a peaceful setting with her when she died.  I hate it but I am grateful as well for the life she shared with us.  My hearts go out to all who have lost a best friend in this way.  I miss her so terribly.  God bless, Wrigley.
    

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By jeannehom on 2007-01-03
Post ID: 26

      We came home New Year's Day to find our beloved pet "Whiskey" dead. He is a large (80lb) mixed breed who was abandoned in a remote area called Whiskey Rock, that is how we came to name him Whiskey. The vet determined that he was about 1 and one half years old when we took him in. I thought we would have many more years together as he was only 8 years old. He was my hiking buddy and my boy, his sudden death is devasting to us. I wish that I had taken him to the vet, when my daughter said that he was acting a little wierd. We watched him and he was more tired that normal, but the following day he seemed normal. I still have an appointment to take him to the vet Jan 5 for his six month check-up. The vet said he was in perfect health at our last check-up. Whiskey is a favorite at the vet's, he was such a special loving dog, we will never find another one like him. My heart goes out to all who have lost their special pet. We will always miss Whiskey and hopefully one day we will think of Whiskey with laughter and smiles instead of tears.
      Jeanne, Julia, Megan, Olivia and Amelia
    

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By espinoza on 2007-01-03
Post ID: 43
I lost my Siberian Husky, Isaac, on New Year's eve, three days ago. He was only 8 years old. He was very energetic and healthy. I noticed he was lethargic in the morning, I checked on him several times throughout the day, the third time he was dead. He had the same symptoms last summer, but was fine and normal by the time I got him to the emergency vet. So, when he displayed the same symptoms Sunday, I thought it would pass. We were devastated. We have another Dog, she is quite upset and worried as well.

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By laurelrungolf on 2007-01-01
Post ID: 36

      We lost Daisy yesterday, suddenly.  She was running around our golf course, as usual and just fell over and died.  It was devastating to witness our mixed Brittany Spaniel die like that because she was as energetic as she ever was with no indications of being sick.  She did not vomit, there was no blood or anything.  She laid on her left side with her eyes wide open and her legs still in a running position.  I tried CPR but she was gone.  If she had been sick or tired, maybe I could have done something to prevent her death, but it was just so immediate.  Daisy ate Natural Balance Dog Food, never ate table food, always had her shots, was given Advantage + on a monthly basis and was given Vet prescribed vitamins.  I wanted her with us forever, but she died doing what she loved to do most and where she wanted to do it.  I buried her in a part of the golf course that she loved to dig for moles.  Daisy was family and we
      will always love miss her.
    

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By lmjh611 on 2006-12-31
Post ID: 35

      we lost our most precious siberian husky nikita dec 27th, 2006.
      she just turned four and seemed to be the healthiest dog.  we are dvestated because it was so sudden and no explanation. one minute she was sitting on the deck...she came in and was playing chase around the dinning room table with me. i turned my back and heard a short whimper. when i turned around she was laying there and her tung was blue.  she was gone in seconds. i tried cpr heart massage and it was no use.  our home is so empty now. she was so lovable and would kiss you to death. she always followed one of us around the house and hated when we left her.
      the whole in our hearts is so huge. we have had two other huskys before her and a few other pets.  and their lose was painful also, but this baby puppy has really hit us hard. maybe because she was so young and it was so sudden and unexplainable.  i found some peace reading the other stories here and my heart goes out to everyone who has loved and lost a beloved pet. we miss you terribly nikita roo wait for us at the rainbow bridge.
    

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By marlysrules on 2006-12-20
Post ID: 24
My siberian husky died in a similar way 2 months ago. She was 7 years old. I was driving with her in the car and she let out a howl, by the time I pulled over, she was gone. I was devastated and getting over it has been and will continue to be a hard journey. I loved my dog so much and take comfort in knowing that I gave her the best life that any dog could hope for. My dog taught me how to love, now she continues to teach me how to move on. I hope that you are able to find some peace and I just wanted to let you know that I know exactly what you are feeling.

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By friend4him on 2006-12-20
Post ID: 25

      I awoke the other day to find my faithful friend dead. He had been through everything with me and he was only 5.
      I had noticed his eyes changing but my vet said taht it was normal. But I am a vet tech and I knew something wasn't right. I had all intentions to take him in on Monday but he did not make it. I also had my faithful dane die on friday so I don't think it was from greif that quick but could it have been. I mean that he was playing though. He died while he was playing. I am now empty inside because I don't have a family that was my family.
    

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By asoltis887 on 2006-12-19
Post ID: 34

      Today we were devastated and our hearts are broken by the sudden death of our Pug name Parker. He was nine and a half years old and an energetic bundle in a small body. He woke up this morning, ate, went out, barked, played, and was his usual self - no signs of anything. At around 11:00 we found him dead in the living room, about fifteen minutes since we'd last seen him. His sudden death just crushed us. His vet said with how quickly things happened, there was nothing we could have done. We wish that we had seen some sign, but there was none. Losing Parker has crushed us. His Christmas present is already under the tree. We loved him so much.
      Thank you for reading our story and whisper a little prayer for us.

      Fran and Bob
    

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By mchugh731 on 2006-12-17
Post ID: 23
I just lost my Golden retriever on Thursday afternoon. I came home and she was asleep on the porch. There was no ditress, she died peacefully. I was at the vet 3 weeks prior where the doctor said she had a dime size tumor on her tongue. I  had planned to go through surgury during the Holidays to haveit removed. She slobbered a little but showed no change in eating habits or activity. I have been reading about sudden death on the internet and have seen other stories similiar to ours. She was almost 13 and in great condition. I do not know if the place was malignant and I do not believe it attributed to her death. To all those dealing with death, I mourn with you. This is far more painful than I ever imagined.

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By swanhilda on 2006-12-12
Post ID: 29

      Yesterday my beautiful Siberian Husky Tara passed away suddenly in my arms.  She was 8 years old and had slowed down a bit but the last thing I could ever have imagined was her dying suddenly at home. We were lying in the bedroom for an afternoon nap and suddenly she started to struggle as if she were having a seizure of some sort.  I tried to calm her down but whatever was happening to her continued to get worse.  She howled a long, painful howl and then she was gone. No more than two minutes could have passed. For the past day my husband and I have been trying to understand the entire episode but we are basically devastated. Finding all of the posts here has helped in some way and my heart goes out to all of you who have lost your beloved animals in this way.

      Connie
    

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By dheath7 on 2006-12-05
Post ID: 22
My family is gone.My dalmatian Lucky was 13 years old and couldn't walk anymore.I kept him on his pillow for a couple months as he still had a few bones left in him! Painful as it was, I had all the arrangements made for the vet to come to the house(just like w/ his mom & dad) and the crematory pick up.Everyone was on call as I kept putting off the worst day of a dog lovers life. I prayed everyday for god to PLEASE just come take him,don't make me do it.Well when I came home from work.... god came,however he took THE WRONG DOG!There was my baby Sparky dead in the hall! sparkys dead and Luckys still here?? She did thpost up before I left for work and she didn't annoy me with the ball that day,I just thought she had a tummy ache!I am convinced god makes mistakes.Another week passed as I sat in shock,then came the moment when you just know its time. I had to let Lucky go.Sparky was supposed to be here~no more slobber balls in my bath water,no one licking my toes,no one tripping me in the hall.I miss my little dalmatian family.I don't know what happened.......

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By apark on 2006-11-27
Post ID: 16
On November 26, 2006, we lost our beloved family member, Henry. He was a Black lab/mix whom we had adopted almost nine months before at the SPCA. He was at least eight years old at the time of his adoption, maybe older. Yesterday seemed like any other day. Henry acted like himself, politely begging for bacon at breakfast. Later in the afternoon, he wanted to go with my husband and daughter to tag our christmas tree. Instead, he stayed home with me. Not even an hour later, Henry collapsed and went into shock (cause unknown). He was taken to the emergency clinic where he died several hours later. The loss our family feels cannot be described. Both my husband and I could have sworn we heard Henry's bark at different times after his death. We love you Henry. You will be in our hearts and family forever. Thank you for adopting us. Love, your faithful family.

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By kellyjean624 on 2006-10-29
Post ID: 28
I lost my Brandigirl, lab and beagle mix Wednesday night so suddenly, a matter of hours. She didn't eat her food 2 days before, that was the only sign she wasn't feeling well, but the next day she was fine, running around, playing, barking and eating normal. She was my first dog, 8 years old but so young. She was so special to us all and I am having a hard time understanding how a healthy dog could go down so fast! Now I am trying to find ways to blame myself, even though I know that we cared and loved her and spoiled her, she was like a child to us!The doctors said her heart was enlarged and white blood count was very high. I had given her heartworm pills, so I don't think that was it. Not knowing and guessing only makes it worse. I wish I just knew. My chest hurts from crying so much these past 3 days, the house is so quiet without her. I am shocked to see that other people have experienced the same loss...I am not alone.

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By puddinhead1 on 2006-10-25
Post ID: 15
I lost my  3 year old rottie/sheperd mix yesterday afternoon.    Last week I found out that I am unable to have children, and 4 days later my Arwen was gone.  I had just put her in the backyard after I fed her.  She gulped her food like always, and we played ball. I was going to ask her in but she caught sight of my landlord next door and sprung happily away to help him do his yardwork next door.  Half an hour later I looked out the back window and thought she was napping under a tree.  I went to call her in and she didn't move.  My landlord is a nurse and I yelled for him and when I got to her I knew she was dead(her eyes were open)  I cannot believe this!  She was the best dog.  My 11 year old cat is looking for her.  Up until now all of my pets have lived to be at least 15.  I was unaware that this happens so often.  Up until last week my husband and I were planning for a baby and introducing Arwen to other people's infants in preparation.  When we were taking her to the vets my landlords friend asked if I would get another dog and I was about to say, "After we have a baby I plan to get another dog for Arwen." Of course, I can't have a baby and my precious dog is gone! I am in hell.

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By sgallivan29 on 2006-10-19
Post ID: 14
I lost my yorkie, Buster this week.  I was trying to get him to go outside with the other dogs and he wouldn't get out of his bed.  When he finally got up, he couldn't use his one paw.  Within minutes, he couldn't use his other paw.  By the time I got him to the emergency vet... he was paralyzed from the neck down.  He quickly deteriorated where his brain was unable to tell him to breathe any longer.  It's frustrating because his respiratory system was working perfectly...  after trying everything, he was unable to breathe for himself any longer and we had to put him to sleep while they manually breathed for him.  I am absolutely devestated.  He was only 8 and my special boy.  I have no answers and no idea why he died so quickly and tragically when he was perfectly fine and unbelievably healthy.  It's frustrating and heart breaking...

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By vanderford on 2006-10-08
Post ID: 13

      I have 3 cats and a small dog.  It's been really hard giving my "senior" kitty her medication when she was recentlly ill.
      I was told to get some "Pill Pockets."  It worked wonders, she just nibbles it up, pill and all.  You get about 45 in a bag and they come in different flavors.  They're very soft and cover the pill completely.  They're available for dogs, also.  The cost is  anywhere from $6.75 (at my vet's office) to about $10.00 depending on where you purchase them.
    

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By roseapplejelly on 2006-10-01
Post ID: 27
Hi, I just wanted to add a  few other possible sources of gluten that some people would never think of.  First, it's imitation seafood (called surimi), like crab sticks, flakes and salad variety.  Corn starch or wheat stach is often added to create the shape and look of lobster, or scallops.  In some restaurants, they mix imitation with real seafood in salads and other dishes.  Always ask if any imitation seafood has been used before you order a crab, lobster or scallop dish in a restaurant or deli.
    

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By mzlorenz on 2006-09-25
Post ID: 12

      My deepest sympathy to all whom enter this site. My darling lil Raskal born Sept4,05 passed Sept21, 06. This was a sudden & shocking death. As it was we took his outgoing happy pleasant personality to the vet to have him neutered. All I have ever heard is positve benefits of this operation ever though I personally dont believe in it. But once again, it would calm him a bit, stop some of that spraying about...I still havent gotten an answer to the exact cause of death, but was told basically he was uthenized...I found one site that stated the stats were 1in 400, & I'm saying that is too many. With all this regulation on pets & so on these days, I think we need to push to have their rights better taken care of at the vets. I feel Im not being clear, SO basically the vet that wrote this page of information said that in most cases of death on the operating table was indeed due to oversight of the vet, as the vet is not an anestheologist...so in the course of a hectick day, sometimes pets are just left to come out of it without any monerting. So now we are completly grief sticken as we were that day. No more jumping, walks, ..hes just gone...to top it off it took me about 2 mins to race to the vets, he had already been put into a boxinside the box a black bag. I was getting stories from the vets employes, as one grabs both my arms & pulls me to her telling me to give  her a hug. as she says but Im not the vet I really cant say what happend, I left abrubtly with instructions to send the bill, as my 13 year old daughter & BF got rady to take the box t leave..my BF said forget the bill you F%*%$ing killed our dog. SO 24 hours later the police show up to arrest him for using the "F" word & ruining the reputation of their office. This is the worst it can be. Our hearts were shattered as well as our minds, ya just dont take a pet in for a neuter & bring them home in a box..
      with compassion for all who have suffered a sudden loss.
      Please be aware if your pet is going under you have the right to request an anestesthologist to watch over, it will be more pricey, but beats the untimely death without fully being informed to how sensitive our pets can be to this gas!
    

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By gefalenmt on 2006-09-04
Post ID: 11
We lost our baby "Casey Boo" yesterday to what we are not sure. We came home and she was dead. At close to ten years old she was still healthy. She was fine in the morning (very playful/ happy) by late afternoon she was dead. She had been dead for several hours when we found her laying under her favorite bush in the backyard. She had vomited a red substance and had loose bowels.We are still in shock. Our boxer is confused searches every room looking for her. And our 2 year old son keeps asking for Casey Boo. My heart goes out to those you suddenly lose a pet...they are like members of the family.

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By debpotr on 2006-09-04
Post ID: 20

      For those who adore Pomeranians, I lost my best friend today and I guess I need to put it down in words....Scooter would be 9 years old in October, still very vibrant, playful and energetic, however had been dealing with a colasped trachea for some time.  He had medicine daily (in the am and pm) and seem to respond to that ok.  For the past year he seemed to be having more trouble with it but I was told this was normal by my vet, I also researched quite a bit over the internet and other resources and read that this could be managed - so I'm not sure if this had anything to do with is sudden death. Anyway, he seemed perfectly normal today and this afternoon around 2:45 pm we found him dead in the yard. He was laying there on his side and it was apparent he had bitten his tongue - which tells me he had some kind of seizure and possibly collasped from something like a seizure or maybe a stroke - we are not sure.  We are totally bewildered by this and extremely sad to lose an important part of our family.

      Scooter had such personality, spunk and smarts - I know this may sound biased, but he was such an awesome dog! Scooter, after all these years would pretty much do whatever you told him -he was all about pleasing you.

      I keep going over and over in my mind what we could have done different...just wish I could have been there to possibly help him if there was that possibility...but I did not get that chance.

      Anyway, I wrote this because I was looking for comfort from other pet lovers who have lost an important part of their life and thought maybe this could help someone else.

      Scooter's Mom
    

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