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Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian
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My dog died the other day, after doing his bussiness he like

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my dog died the other day, after doing his bussiness he like to run around the yard, then he would run to the back door. the other day after he ran to the back door, I started to get up from the swing and I saw her run back toward the yard and then she started to lean over to her side and hit a lamp post and fell over, her tongue was already hanging out her mouth and my brother said her heart was beating real real fast then just stop. did she have a heart attack. she made no kind of noise what so every, no yelp or cry just before it happen. she was 15 years old, and in good health.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I'm Dr. Deb. I'll do my best to help you today.
First, let me extend to you my deepest condolences on the loss Lady in this way; how traumatic and heart-breaking for you and your family.
Of course, without an autopsy, we can't know for sure (and sometimes even with one) why she passed in the manner that she did but there could be several reasons for her sudden death.
1. heart attack (or fatal arrhythmias or conduction issues) as you suspect. This is probably the most common cause of sudden death
2. pulmonary thromboembolism (clot in the lungs)
3. bleeding aneurysm (rupture of a vessel wall).
4. possible clot or embolism to the brain
5. rupture of a splenic tumor which might have been undetected
6.Ingestion of certain human medications, toxins or poisons although gi signs are usually this seems less likely to be the case here.
In most cases of sudden death that I've seen, there were no outward signs that the patient was ill in any way. Most of them were otherwise healthy and happy. The majority of these dogs don't appear to suffer either although I'm certain that there's some momentary confusion about what's happening.
I know in these situations that the tendency is to feel or think that we missed some signs that our pet was ill; that if we had only intervened sooner, that there could have been something to prevent the horrible outcome. But, this isn't true for most cases of sudden death so I hope I can provide some reassurance in this regard.
Again, my sympathies to you and your family at this sad time but I hope this helps at least in some small measure. Deb