Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: New Liskeard, Ontario Canada
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Sudden loss of our dog, looking for answers.
3 days ago our 6 yr old golden named Tess suddenly passed away. We came in from our evening walk when she suddenly vommited on the floor and then became extremely weak. She lay at my feet and began breathing slowly and heavily. Soon her pupils became dilated and her tongue hung out of her mouth. I called our local vet's emergency number and rushed Tess into town to our local clinic. Her pulse was approx 200 beats per minute, however extremely low blood pressure. It was late at night and the vet said we had to wait until morning to perform chest X-rays and an EKG. I had the option to leave her at the vet or bring her back home until the next morning, which i choose to do.
When i got her back home, i layed with her on the floor hoping she'd make it thru the night. Unfortunately an hour later, her breathing slowed and she gasped her last breaths. Basically 3 hrs after we went for our evening walk.
Tess was our first 'child' and it has been extremely difficult these past few days coming home to an empty house.
The vet wanted to perform an autopsy, however we choose not too. Unfortunately we struggle with answers as to why our healthy, energetic dog suddenly passed away. The vet's best guess was some type of tumor or cancer on her heart that suddenly burst. Doing some initial investigating it sounds like it could have been Hemangiosarcoma which seems to be somewhat common in Goldens. We're wondering if anyone else could provide insight as to what happened or if they've had similar experienices.
My wife and I really appreciate any help that can be given. This has been tough.
thank you very much.