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12-07-2013 05:04 PM
POWERSCOL Sorry to hear of your loss. One other cause based on the symptoms is congestive heart failure (fluid building up around the heart) My last golden passed from this. Had the same symptoms as you discribed.
12-05-2013 08:59 PM
selzer I am sorry for your loss.

It does sound like hemangiosarcoma. But it could have been other things as well. Hemangio is horrible in that it gives us very little warning. But, it does take our critters relatively quickly. So our critters do not usually suffer a prolonged illness. They have a pretty healthy life and then go quickly. I know my Arwen was trotting out in the field in the morning like the puppy, and then fell asleep on her cot that evening and just never woke up. She had been to the vet about two months earlier because she was not keeping herself as clean as usual, and I thought she was a little off. They did bloodwork and came up with a slightly low thyroid number, so we started meds. The only other symptom was leaving some food in her dish that morning. When I came home that night and found her, her face was very peaceful. But I was devastated.

The problem with dogs, and especially GSDs is that they just don't live long enough.

I am sorry.
12-05-2013 08:12 PM
TAR HEEL MOM So sorry. Blessings to you and your family
12-05-2013 08:08 PM
hockeychick22 I'm so sorry for your loss. It's heartbreaking.


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12-05-2013 08:05 PM
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I'm so sorry for you loss. When I was reading your message hemangiosarcoma is the first thing that popped into my mind ... it's a dreadful disease, usually there are no symptoms until shortly before they pass on (I've lost four of the Hooligans to this dreadful form of cancer).
I am sorry...4 to this horrid disease is awful. I almost did not get another GSD after losing my boy to this at 7 years old. I would have given up for sure after 4. My heart aches for you.
12-05-2013 07:57 PM
huntergreen i will let others that know more than i help you with the why and how, i will only send you my sympathies. it is always hard when our fur pals leave us.
12-04-2013 06:10 PM
Msmaria I'm so sorry for your loss. I know that sometimes having an answer to why your dog was sick helps with closure. and it's very hard for those that don't have an answer. Not that this losing a dog is ever easy. I'm so sorry I hope that the answers here help you I feel a little better and know that there was nothing that you did
12-04-2013 05:48 PM
arycrest I'm so sorry for you loss. When I was reading your message hemangiosarcoma is the first thing that popped into my mind ... it's a dreadful disease, usually there are no symptoms until shortly before they pass on (I've lost four of the Hooligans to this dreadful form of cancer).
12-04-2013 05:35 PM
csmills Thank you all so much! I will pass this along to my husband. We won't have an autopsy done, of that I am sure. The "need to know" thing has been difficult for me, however.
You are all so very supportive!
12-04-2013 05:13 PM
jocoyn I am guessing hemangiosarcoma too. I have lost three to this. It is a cancer of the spleen or heart *which grows very rapidly and then it ruptures and the dog either dies immediately or has a bleed, gets tired, recovers, and the cycle repeats until the end. It is very common in the GSD.

From what I understand it is not thought to be particularly painful

I am sorry for your loss. Take some comfort in the rapid death, and that you were lucky to be there at the time. There is not much that can be done. Even a splenectomy typically only buys a few months and is a risky surgery at that.


*Grim had it in the shoulder, not the spleen but it still progressed rapidly. Toby had several bleeds over about a 3 month period and Cyra was fine one day and gone the next with no warning.
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