I've been a lurker for some time and with some recent events that have occurred, thought that you guys might be the best people to ask my questions to.
Around two weeks ago, my four-year old Golden Retriever (Jeb Stuart) died. My family and I immediately assumed that it was heat stroke (he accompanied my dad on a bike ride and it was hot that day--he disappeared and didn't come home and we found him an hour later, within sight of our creek and our house
). We were obviously devastated--my dad especially.
After talking with our vet, however, we're beginning to to wonder if it wasn't heat stroke after all. I'm not savvy enough to know what the result of heat stroke looks like, but our vet said something to the effect that a dog's tongue would become grossly swollen...? When we found Jeb, his mouth was closed and our vet said that if Jeb had
suffered from heat stroke that he wouldn't have been able to close his mouth due to his tongue being swollen. Our vet believes that Jeb may have suffered an aneurysm of some sort or a type of heart disorder that can be undetectable (?) even in athletic dogs (Jebbers was very athletic).
Anyways, I was wondering if anyone had any input on this. Thanks for your help! Big brother Tank (Jeb's black Lab brother) and I appreciate it.