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With your description of him not wanting to lay down, screaming and holding his head distended away from his body, I have to worry that there may have been a neck or back issue present. At 19 years of age, it would be quite common for us to see that these types of pains existed. It would also not be uncommon for us to see organ dysfunction which might not have shown up on the diagnostics performed, such as an underlying heart issue. At 19, this may well have been enough stress to cause his body to begin shutting down, resulting in his passing. Have you considered having a necropsy performed to give you certainty?
If his passing occurred recently and his body is refrigerated, a necropsy could still be performed. Honestly at 19 years of age, regardless of breed, he was at his life expectancy.The whimpering and screaming suggests discomfort and this may have onset after the vet's original examination and worsened with time. Some dogs are quite stoic with their discomfort and without diagnostics like x-rays of the neck and spine may not have been able to ascertain if there was a medical issue contributing. The biggest factor for me is that you have a steady complaint of him vocalizing and he was screaming at the point of moving his neck. Looking back at the fact that he was also extending his neck and didn't want to lay down, this all heavy points toward progressive discomfort in the neck and back. This may have worsened while he was being resuscitated and his body was moved around without him being able to protect any sensitive areas. That said, it's not uncommon for us to see dogs vocalize after being resuscitated. In fact, more often than not some vocalization is present. How much of this was normal and how much of it may have been linked to whatever condition caused his demise is uncertain. At this point, it's a "best guess" based on symptoms.
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