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pit bull / shepherd mix: My 7 month..rapid difficult breathing at rest

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My 7 month old pitbull/shepard mix became sick yesterday-she began to have tachycardia and rapid difficult breathing at rest. She expired early this morning. What could of happened? It was only several hours from start to finish and we are shocked and distressed. Thanks for any information you may be able to impart.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

 If she was out roaming there are any number of things that could have happened to her.  She may have been struck by a car and the injuries were internal.  She also might have ingested a toxin while she was out like antifreeze or rat poison.


I am very sorry for your loss.  I know this must be a tough time for you.


Let me know if you have more questions.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: Thanks for your response. I don't think it was a toxin as we have unfortunately dealt with anti-freeze, mushrooms and other nasty stuff over the years. Perhaps it was car related. Dutchess did have a small (quarter sized)abrasion under her left "armpit" on Saturday. It was on the surface and did not seem to bother her at all, so we just cleaned it up and put a little topical antibiotic on it. Sunday am she seemed a little slower than her usual 90 mph around the house. By afternoon she seemed depressed and had no appetite so i figured to take her to the vet Monday am. By bed time she was breathing hard, and then sadly when I checked on her at 4:00 am she was gone (still warm). I did notice during the evening that her gums were pale also which scared me but I didn't think she was so close to death. I would like to avoid losing any more dogs....and hate to think Dutchess may have been saved with more prompt intervention. Itis very hard losing her, she was a dear friend.
Expert:  DanaDVM replied 11 years ago.

 Let us know if you have further questions.


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