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Old 03-21-2014, 12:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My female shepherd died in her crate last night. She was about two months shy of being 10 years old. She was showing zero signs of illness last night. My male is fine. I emailed the breeder just now to ask how long her mother lived. Do aggressive dogs live shorter lives? I bought her from a county sheriff; she was 100 miles an hour at everything all the time, very energetic and high drive.

My dogs were in a fenced backyard a lot. She killed two possums in the past week, but didn't eat them. I've seen her kill moles before, too. All I can guess about the cause of such a sudden death is a blockage of some sort. I can't find any sort of poison she might have gotten into. She wasn't foaming or salivating at the mouth. Bloat or blockage is the only thing I know of that kills a dog this fast.

Thank you in advance for any condolences. I posted this in the general information thread because I am mostly just wanting to figure out what happened to my dog. Thanks.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very devastating. I'm very sorry to hear this

Honestly, the only way to know for sure is to have a necropsy done.
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I am so sorry you have to go through this.. it must be hard, I can't even imagine. Have you called yoru vet? maybe to do an autopsy?
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So sorry. One cause of sudden death is a rapidly growing cancer called hemangiosarcoma.

She is the right age and it is very common in our GSDs. Painless tumors grow on the spleen or heart then rupture and the dog dies a rapid death. Normally bloat gives some warning and the dog is in distress but with hemangio, they can just drop dead.
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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So very, very sorry for your loss. Been through what you are going through many times, probably was a hemangiosarcoma, it can happen very quickly without any warning signs.If the dog bloats, the belly will be just as the term bloat means, very extended, (you will know it), it also happens with horses as well- Wish there was something I could say to make things better for you- thinking of you today- All I know is you have to lean on all your good memories to help- Bob

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Old 03-21-2014, 01:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how much pain you're in waking up and seeing her like that. I hope you find the answer you're looking for. Again, my condolences.

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Old 03-21-2014, 01:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I am so sorry for your loss. I have to agree with Jocoyn it sounds like hemangiosarcoma.We lost our 12 and half year old GSD Daisy to it. As Courtney said the only true way to know is a necropsy. We lose to many of our beloved breed to this dreadful killer. Again my condolences.
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My thought is hermangiosarcoma as well. We lost my Jackson to that horrible disease almost two years ago now, and it was all over in the space of ten minutes. If I hadn't been here to witness his collapse and death it would have seemed a mystery.
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can't offer any answers. I had this happen to a Lab one time.

So sorry!
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I have to agree that hemangio is a likely cause. I'm sorry you lost her
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