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Death of Dog

Postby frasej » Wed Oct 26, 2005 12:54 pm

Our beautifull 10 month old chocolate lab died suddenly last week. Still trying to figure out why.

Had her retrieving very well, retrieved her first goose that weekend from a field.

Saturday night put her in her cage for the evening, Sunday morning she was dead.

Thought about getting an autopsy but cost a little steep. Breeder sent sympathy card, and offered $200.00 dollars off next purchase. Breeder no longer has that line did not explain why.

Has anyone had this happen to them.

Family in shock we all loved her so much. She was on her way to being a top notch retriver.

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Postby Sorensen » Wed Oct 26, 2005 1:58 pm

Wow, no idea what could have happened to the dog. Maybe check the pedigree for related types of deaths, it could be a hereditary, if that was the case I would be very angry with that breeder and request a refund. Although this will not replace the lost of your dog it should give you some satisfaction. Sorry about your loss.
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Postby IBBoykin » Wed Oct 26, 2005 2:10 pm

In researching the lines, look for congentital heart defects.
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Postby Mr. 16 gauge » Wed Oct 26, 2005 3:37 pm

In researching the lines, look for congentital heart defects.



I agree with IBBoykin.....this is the most likely cause, IMHO, given the suddeness and age of the dog. Most likely some type of dysrhythmia if there is no sign of trauma, ect.
I had a friend who got her dogs(GWP) from a particular breeder; of the three she got from them, 1 had a dysrhythmia and died at a young age, one had a heart murmur that prevented the dog from trialing (which is why she bought him in the first place) and the third was just plain nuts!

While the autopsy might be pricey, it might uncover something unforseen....I used to work in a veterinary hospital back in the early 80s; one day a lady brought her Pomeranian in because the dog wasn't acting right: restless, panting, wouldn't "calm down". My boss (who I think is a brilliant clinician) examined the dog and orderd a chest X-ray...what we found was that the dog had been shot in the chest with a pellet gun! The entrance hole was so small, it could have been passed over as just a scratch, and there was no blood to speak of.
Can't say that an autopsy will give you something like that, but it might bring some closure for your family. Sorry for your loss.............. :thumbsdown:
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Postby openwaterhunter2 » Wed Oct 26, 2005 3:46 pm

Sorry for the loss man.
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Postby Steven05 » Wed Oct 26, 2005 4:09 pm

i had a black lab about 1 yr ago that was an awsome dog and she was retriveing and doing everything normal and all of a sudden i went out to play with her the next day and she was dead she was only 7 mo. and im sorry for the loss
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Postby Cappy_TX » Wed Oct 26, 2005 5:16 pm

Jim ... If you accept the fact that she was one of God's creatures, then this may be of some solace to you ...

I will lend to you for awhile a pup, God said,
For you to love her while she lives and to mourn her when she is dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe for two or three.
But will you, till I call her back take care of her for me ?

She'll bring her charms to gladden you and should her stay be brief
you'll always have her memories as solace for your grief .
I cannot promise that she will stay, since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below I want this pup to learn.

I've looked the whole world over in search of teachers true
And from the folk that crowd life's land I have chosen you.
Now will you give her all your love Nor think the labour vain
Nor hate me when I come to take my pup back again.

I fancied that I heard them say "Dear Lord Thy WIll Be Done,"
For all the joys this pup will bring, the risk of grief you'll run.
Will you shelter her with tenderness, will you love her while you may
And for the happiness you'll know forever grateful stay.

But should I call her back much sooner than you've planned
Please brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.
If, by your love, you've managed my wishes to achieve,
be grateful and at peace rather than being sad and grieve.

In memory of her time here and the things together you'd do
cherish all those moments knowing how she loved you too.

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Postby donell67 » Wed Oct 26, 2005 5:29 pm

sorry for your loss.
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Postby gunman » Thu Oct 27, 2005 3:42 am

thas too bad......I really feel for ya.......
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Death of Dog

Postby frasej » Thu Oct 27, 2005 6:20 am

Thanks, for your thoughts and responses.

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Postby Admin2 » Thu Oct 27, 2005 8:12 am

It may have been a twisted intestine, as I have heard of it before of dogs dieing in a mater of hours from it once the symptoms appear.

frasej, I am so sorry to hear of your families loss, a tough break for sure.


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Re: Death of Dog

Postby brdprey » Thu Oct 27, 2005 8:25 am

frasej wrote:Our beautifull 10 month old chocolate lab died suddenly last week. Still trying to figure out why.

Had her retrieving very well, retrieved her first goose that weekend from a field.

Saturday night put her in her cage for the evening, Sunday morning she was dead.

Thought about getting an autopsy but cost a little steep. Breeder sent sympathy card, and offered $200.00 dollars off next purchase. Breeder no longer has that line did not explain why.

Has anyone had this happen to them?

Jim



ohmg.........that suks. im sure your crushed. i would be a mess if that happened. i just read your post and thought about my pup. started getting all mushy inside.
keep your chin up , you may never find one to replace the last but you can not be with out a partner in the blind. we are with you
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Postby Butchhe » Thu Oct 27, 2005 9:23 am

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I had to put my chocolate lab down last year due to cancer. The surgeries help for a while but in the end the cancer took it's toll. I sure miss that dog.
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Postby aarongreen123 » Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:27 pm

thats the worst case scenario for all of us, sorry to hear it. i've heard of sudden death in labs due to epileptic episodes, these are hereditary, i would corner that breeder and get more info about why the line was dropped. breeders don't drop good lines.
again, sorry for your loss, i wish you the best of luck.
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Postby rlp1970 » Sat Dec 17, 2005 6:05 pm

Sorry to hear about the death of your lab.
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Postby CrackerJackShot » Tue Dec 20, 2005 3:25 pm

Cappy, why did you put that?! almost made me cry. lol. Yeah Im sorry too, its impossible to replace a dog. A coupld years ago I had to put down my dog because of bone cancer. The vet said it was too aggressive and even if we amputated it would just get her a couple months later. She was the best dog I've ever seen. She would hunt from sun up to sun down looking for one bird, though she never looked for one for more than a couple minutes no matter where it was. I truly feel your pain. The entire family cried for a good 2 hours straight afterwards then off and on for a week. Hope you feel better.
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