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My dog just died....
My dog just died. She had refused two meals yesterday and was lethargic. when I moved her I found some soft "poop" (formed, not diareh). There was some blood under her tail that I noticed after she had died. She was only eight years old and had been healthy up until yesterday. i am baffled as to what could have caused her death and am worried about our other dog. Do you have any ideas? She was a spayed airedale terrier.
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Lazarcheff, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
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Hello,

So sorry about Libby. I am concerned about the blood. Do you use any mouse or other rodent poisons around the house? Was there any vomiting?

Dr. Kevin
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Thank you for responding. There was no vomiting and we have not ever used rodent poisons at this house. She has access to our fenced backyard and we have not found anything there either. We were concerned about poisoning, but don't know if that is a possibility.
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
There was no blood on the bedspread where she was laying, just a little on her fur under her tail
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Lazarcheff, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
Was her stomach distended?
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
No, her abdomen seemed normal. I had notice earlier in the day that the middle of her back was drooping a little. I mentioned it to my husband and then dismissed it. I don't know if that is significant or not.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Lazarcheff, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
Might be significant..? Without a post mortem exam it will be very difficult to say exactly what went wrong. There are some heart problems common to the Airedale. Any recent coughing? Might also have been a sudden toxic or septic episode.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
No coughing....seems more like the suddent toxic or septic episode. I am writing that, but don't really know what it means. Does septic episode mean that she was somehow poisoned?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Lazarcheff, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
Septic would be associated with an infectious process. Toxic would be associated with a poison.
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