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Old 10-21-2013, 01:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I am writing as my very healthy 1 year old puppy went to sleep and never woke up a couple of nights ago. We had a normal day, went to the dog park, played a couple of games of fetch in our yard, and she ate and drank normally.

My wife let her out to pee and poop in the yard we had specifically set up for that activity, everything went as normal, she came in and laid down at my wife's feet and two hours later, when my wife was coming to bed, the dog didn't move. She got me up and the dog was still warm but not breathing. She was clearly dead. This happened late at night on a weekend and the vet was closed. All we could do was wrap her up and take her outside.

There were no signs whatsoever. She was a rescue, pound pup who had all her shots, had some early problems with mites, but was completely healthy and active up until she passed. No one we have talked to has ever heard about this with a one year old puppy. Even the vet said it was extremely rare but offered no other explanations. We could not afford to do a necropsy.

We are completely devastated and are just looking for any possible answers. We know we will never know, but just wondering if anyone else has had this happen.

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Jim Morris
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very sorry for your loss. Run free, little girl. It sounds like it could be cardiac related. Sometimes their hearts don't grow correctly or aren't constructed right.


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Old 10-21-2013, 01:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am so sorry for your loss, I can't even imagine how you feel! How very sad, she was so young!

The only thing I can think of is maybe she had a heart condition?
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Sorry to hear of this.

Like Katie said, could have been cardiac related. Possible stroke too, but seemingly too young for that.
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Heart condition is what came to my mind too. I am so sorry.
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I'm so very sorry for your loss!

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Old 10-21-2013, 01:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm very sorry for your loss I think it could easily have been a heart attack or existing condition
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So sorry for your loss - I lost my first GSD to a heart attack - the vet told me then that heart conditions in dogs are almost always congenital - even though there was nothing you could have done, it still hurts - I am so very sorry.
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Old 10-22-2013, 02:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry for your loss, it's heartbreaking to lose a dog that's lead a nice long life, I can't imagine what it must be like to lose one so young. My condolences to you and your family.

I agree, some type of an undiagnosed heart problem is about the only thing I can think of that would kill a puppy like you described.
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I happened to one foster dog of mine, he was gone within seconds. He looked very healthy, loved racing through the yard. There is a congenital heart condition that can cause sudden death in a young dog, forgot the name. It can even happen to people, young athletes. There is nothing you could have done. I am very sorry...
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