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I found my 7 yr old mixed breed female dog dead this morning.

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There was vomit and diarrehea...
I found my 7 yr old mixed breed female dog dead this morning. There was vomit and diarrehea on the floor. She was fine when I left for work and was in good health and hadnt been acting sickly. Im wondering what killed her as I have 5 other dogs.
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
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Thanks for the question

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, this must be very upsetting for you, seven years of age is still very young for a dog these days . This situation is not normal but does occur sometimes, as a rough estimate I used to see such sudden death cases like yours around twice a year in my three vet practice.

The only way you would find out for sure what happened is to have had a post mortem carried out. Many of my clients were against this because they did not want their pets cut about and as a pet owner myself I do not blame them in the slightest for feeling that way.

However in my experience when I did carry out post mortems in most cases if you discount poisoning either accidental or otherwise, sudden deaths like Ajai's were related to some form of previously undiscovered heart disease, vomiting and diarrhoea can occur at the point of death so this does not point for or against.

If I have not covered your question fully enough or you would like to ask more I will be online for the next hour or so and I will be at your disposal.

Scott Nimmo BVMS MRCVS
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
I keep my dogs on revolution so she shouldnt have had heartworims. When she had her check up about a yr ago they did a hw test that was negative and didnt say anything abo
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
Hello again,

Usually we are not talking heartworms here, more a sudden onset heart failure which cannot be easily predicted. While heart disease in the dog is different from heart disease in a person the scenario is the same. You sometimes hear about middle aged people who suddenly drop dead from an undiscovered heart problem.

The only way to know for sure would be via a post mortem.

Regards,

Scott
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
YI keep my dogs on revolution so she shouldnt have had heartworims. When she had her check up about a yr ago they did a hw test that was negative and didnt say anything about a murmur. It has been hot here but i only let them out when its cooler and i keep my house cold. About 2 mths ago she started chewing on the base of her tail and every now and then i noticed she would yelp. I couldnt pinpoint an area of pain. This happened about once everY cpl weeks
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
Hello again,

1. While heart murmers are common in dogs and this is due to a heart valve defect there would be a number of rarer heart condition which would present without a murmer and be undetectable prior to death.

2. Many dogs bite at the base of their tail due to allergic skin conditions but this is rarely a serious situation. The heat would not likely be a problem either.

Regards,

Scott
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