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Beloved Cubby Passed Away Today

I lost my six year old GSD two weeks after her birthday.

She came down with distemper and stopped eating. She died outside the animal hospital door this afternoon.

It was so sudden! I did everything I could to save her and in the end it wasn't enough.

Cubby was my first GSD and my baby girl.... she should have lived several more years.

She let me know it was her time. My dog loved me very much and my apartment is empty without her presence.

I'm feeling grief and also the privilege of getting to know her for the past 3 years since I adopted her.

Cubby crossed the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon and wherever she is, I hope she is happy and free of pain.

I miss her and love her very much!
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Distemper at six?? I'm both stunned and so sorry.
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Distemper at six?? I'm both stunned and so sorry.
Cubby stopped eating a few weeks ago. She kept drinking plenty of water but it wasn't enough. Vet gave ampocillin and some food which did nothing for her. She never regained her appetite and watching a dog die is a painful experience.

I took her today to the vet she was so weak, he gave antibiotics and when I took her outside the animal hospital after a short while, she laid down, stopped breathing and her heartbeat was gone.

I was offended when the vet put in a trash bag. I'm going to get her ashes back and that will give me some consolation.

What more could I have done? She was here and now she's gone forever.
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At 6 years old I don't think that should have happened?? I don't know but I do remember another case and I do believe, that dog pulled through.

That story is uh long:
https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...distemper.html
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I am so sorry for your loss.

How do you know it was distemper? Had she been vaccinated? If they thought distemper, why give her antibiotics? Sorry for the questions, I know it's a difficult time for you. But a 6 yo dog with distemper is pretty rare.
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A dog can pull through.

But sometimes, its too much for the dog and the dog just doesn't want to live any more.

That was the case with Cubby and I wasn't an abusive or neglectful owner. She was like my shadow and now she's no longer here.

I'm still stunned.
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A dog can pull through.

But sometimes, its too much for the dog and the dog just doesn't want to live any more.

That was the case with Cubby and I wasn't an abusive or neglectful owner. She was like my shadow and now she's no longer here.

I'm still stunned.
Oh, I am not saying you did anything wrong. It's just so rare. And so many people say a single vaccine for distemper lasts a very long time if not for life. So if she got it, after being vaccinated, it's a big deal.

You must be crushed, and again I am so sorry for your loss.
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At 6 years old I don't think that should have happened?? I don't know but I do remember another case and I do believe, that dog pulled through.

That story is uh long:
https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...distemper.html
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I am so sorry for your loss.

How do you know it was distemper? Had she been vaccinated? If they thought distemper, why give her antibiotics? Sorry for the questions, I know it's a difficult time for you. But a 6 yo dog with distemper is pretty rare.
She was vaccinated three years ago. I don't understand why the vet gave an antibiotics shot. When I saw the vet ten days ago, I was told it was a stomach bug, she ate something she shouldn't and I gave nearly all the prescribed ampocillin. It didn't mend her. When I came in today, the diagnosis was distemper. And the vet actually had the nerve to accuse me of being responsible for her getting sick and her for death! God knows I tried everything to get her to eat again and she refused. As for getting sick, I don't know how she came down with it. To see a dog waste away is not my idea of taking care of a dog and I was at a loss on what more to do for her.
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I'm very sorry for your loss.

I'm curious why the vet let her go if she was in such bad shape?




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I mean, this is the first time in my life I've seen an animal starve to death.

I never deprived her of food and water. What is really strange is she would drink plenty of water but she wouldn't touch her food.

I don't understand why she was able to drink but not to eat.

And I wanted her to get well.
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