We lost our 10 year old labrador retriever
suddenly over the weekend in the course of two hours. Two months ago, he was started on Medicam for his arthritis
and old ligament injury. it helped alot.. he actually started running again! On this evening, he was totally himself, had dinner, ate a little roast beef, came up to snuggle and watch a movie with us. When it was time for his last walk of the day, he would not get up. I sat down by him and saw that he was drooling heavily. He did not vocalize or indicate pain. Then the panting started. We sat by him and stroked him and from time to time the panting would stop and it would appear he was ready to go to sleep. But then, it got worse and he defacated all over himself. We called the vet and the emergency center and the vet said to try to get him to the ER (it was an hour away). He weights 142 pounds and could not get up. We are senior citizens and could not lift him, but within a half hour, he again defacated, heavily panted deep within his chest, then lost conciousness and died. The most horrific event I have ever had to witness. His stomach
was not stiff, it was still soft and pliable, he did not vomit and his stools were solid, without blood. He had seemed to do well on the medicam (7.5 mg once a day). Do you think the medicam is to blame? He had no GI upsets while on it at all. At the end his gums had turned from pink to white. It was terrible. He was shaking. We are agonizing thinking that the medicam somehow caused this because we have read it can have devastating side effects and this was the only new thing in the life of an otherwise healthy senior lab.
JA: I'm sure the feels you are doing your best. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the?
Customer: No, please ask him for his opionion