Our Amazing Journey with Duke SHOULD NOT Be Over
Today has been one week since we lost our wonderful boy of 8yrs. The pain is Still so unbearable. We have came to the site several times wanting to post our loss but couldn't because it just felt like when this is done its real and just trying to hold on to what's left.
Duke at 8 1/2 year old was so active, healthy, and non stop. We took him to his vet of 8 years for a very minor skin irritation actually had healed but just for precautions wanted to make sure.
We took him in on tuesday and she checked him out and agreed it was ok just wanted to give him some medication for allergies along with his bravecto and heart guard.
We arrived home and he ate gave him his meds and bravecto like the vet said to do. She said there were no interactions and would be fine.
On Wednesday we noticed he was really lazy and just passed it off as not being use to the medications.
By Thursday morning he could not stand up called the vet asked about the meds they said NO WAY IT COULD BE THE MEDICATIONS.
Knowing it could we called another vet they said bring him in. He found that Duke was so severely anemic he was 4 points from a blood transfusion. He stayed over night for IV and testing. Friday morning I called as soon as they opened and the vet called back within 10 mins and told us our baby boy had passed from liver failure due to the medication mixture moments before he called.
Basically our baby died of an overdose combined with bravecto, heart guard, and 3 other medications.
His vet of 8 years still says no way it could have. But we know it was.
The second vet had done X Rays, needle aspiration, major blood panels and there were no tumors no internal bleeding nothing. He said his heart, lungs, and all was in great condition.
It hurts so bad knowing he would have still been here had we just not took him.
Our baby was perfectly fine running, playing, and then 61 hours later he was gone. The guilt and pain we feel is so unbearable.
Duke was not a dog he was family. So loyal, proud, always knew where everyone was at all times, he was our protector for 8 years never failing us a day in his life. We failed to protect him. We never got to say good bye or look Into those big Brown eyes that told us everything we needed to know. We are so numb and lost with out him. The day he left us is the day we realized what unconditional love truely was. We will forever hold you in our hearts baby boy.
Shawn & Stacey
Duke~8 1/2 GSD~ 2007~2016 Always Near
Molly~ 3 GSD
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