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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 10 year old puggle was perfectly healthy and jumping and

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my 10 year old puggle was perfectly healthy and jumping and running around and by 3 pm he was dazed and collapsed on the floor. took him to vet and he was diagnoised with fluid around the heart and he died 7 hours later, why wouldn't he have shown any symptons before this
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

My condolences for your loss of your Puggle. I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Can you clarify "fluid around the heart" for me, please? Are you describing a pericardial effusion - fluid between his heart and his pericardial membrane - the membrane surrounding his heart or did the fluid collect in his chest cavity - a thoracic effusion? A pericardial effusion can cause acute collapse but there should have been a history of lethargy or exercise intolerance and perhaps abdominal distension, dyspnea (difficulty breathing), pale mucous membranes, and inappetence.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

I see that you posted two duplicates of this question. You confirmed pericardial effusion. Rapid deterioration including sudden death is seen with this effusion. While unusual not to see the history I posted above, it's not impossible as it may occur as an incidental finding during echocardiography, associated with cardiomegaly on radiographs or electrocardiogram changes. Please continue our conversation if you wish.