Hi, this is my first post here and unfortunately it pertains to the sudden death of my 6 year old golden. It happened Monday evening as we were outside doing a few chores. He was running around, as usual then suddenly fell over. In the second or two it took me to reach him I could tell he was gone. I spoke with his vet and she thought it was SAS (subaortic stenosis). Has anyone else had this awful experience? Perhaps I am just looking to share my grief as this has been devastating to us. Thanks.
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I am so sorry for your loss. How devastating to lose your golden so suddenly. My thoughts are with you and your family.
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I am so very sorry to hear about this. 6 years old is way too young! Had your vet heard a heart murmur in the past? Usually, that telltale waterfall sound of SAS is something the vet can hear during an exam. Something else to consider is Hemangiosarcoma, a painless but lethal cancer that is oh so very and sadly common in goldens. They can go so fast that way too. Whatever the reason, losing your 6 year old golden like that is a nightmare, and I hope all the good times with him are the images that stay with you now. What was his name?
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I am so sorry for your loss. That must have been terrible.
I have not had this experience, but have heard of it.
I'm sure others here with more experience will share with you shortly.
I am so sorry you have lost your boy and at such a young age. They are NEVER with us long enough but 6 is just a crime. SAS is not as prevalent as it was years ago in Goldens but it is not totally eradicated. When you have a moment please be sure to let his breeder know as I am sure they will want this important piece of information. Please share some stories and photos of your boy as it may help you.
Unfortunately there are no words that can take your pain away. Below is a website link. I have often visited at times just as this and find some comfort in it, I hope you and yours can do the same.
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OMG how terrible! I'm so sorry and wish you comfort as you grieve for the loss of your boy.
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I am so sorry for your loss, sudden unexplained loss at a young age is just horrible. Please share stories and pictures we would love to get to know your angel.
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