Hello, my name isXXXXX am a licensed veterinarian and I will try and help you as best as I can.
I am so very sorry for the loss of Rags. Losing a loved one is very difficult. Your decision was definitely the right decision
As far as what may have cause death: your dog was in shock and the exact cause of the shock is very difficult to determine. It is likely there was heart failure at the end which led to Rags declining so quickly. Unfortunately the only way to know for sure is by having a necropsy (animal autopsy) performed to find the exact cause.
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Thank you so much for your response. Needless to say, I am devastated by the loss of the best dog I have ever had.
You are welcome. It is so hard to lose a pet and to make the decision to euthanize
While we were at the vet, she checked his heart and it seemed alright. Is it possible his heart would sound right but be failing?
It is possible that the heart could have been normal but still failing. There was a massive cardiovascular collapse, which may have begun at the heart itself or in the periphery (veins, arteries, other organs)
Also, something I thought of later. His head showed loss of muscle mass. Could something have been going on in his head?
The loss of muscle mass was in his head.
Muscle loss is often seen in older pets and even humans. The muscle loss could have been age related or could have been due to something else. Potentially a cancer of some sort could have caused all of the signs
That is what I am suspecting. Thank you so much for your help with this.
He has a wonderful life and so enriched mine. I just wanted to be sure I did all I could for him.
He was so deserving.
Thank you again.
Have a great day.
you are very welcome. Again I am sorry for your loss. Have a great day as well
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