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View Poll Results: At what age did your dog develop a serious health issue, if at all?
No serious issues 4 15.38%
Up to 1 year old 3 11.54%
Between 2-5 years old 3 11.54%
Between 5-10 years old 6 23.08%
Over 10 years old 12 46.15%
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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-02-2016, 09:38 PM
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I have quite a few dogs so hard to pick just one of those. These are just the dogs I lost to serious conditions I have had dogs that lived long normal lives but for the basis of your questions.
For goldens I have had four that Lost to serious health issues. two older ones that I took in when their owner passed away. They lived to 11 1/2 and 12 respectively they were both hit by cancer. Boots I lost him to bladder cancer at 8 and Sparkles I lost to a ruptured spleen at 11 /1/2.
I lost three of my shelties to cancer one at 10 one at 11 1/2 and one at 12. One of my shelties was lost at 9 to a severe reaction to amoxicillin another to a sudden cardiac arrest age 10.


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Bridge dogs, Tuffy, Blueboy, Pudge, Shasta, Maddie, Broker, Jet, Baily, Reva, Sparkle and Boots sweet boy we are missing you so.
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My girl Katie ( Springer Spaniel) was extremely healthy all of her life until she bloated at age 10 and required a gastropexy to keep her stomach from rotating. She lived to age 14 1/2 after renal failure hit.

My beloved GR Yaichi was healthy most of her life. She developed a lipoma at age 7 which was aspirated and confirmed benign, however I do believe that at some point it became cancerous. I had to say good bye to her when she collapsed just after her 12th birthday, the lipoma burst several days later as I was nursing her. Collapse was due to hemangiosarcoma.

My beautiful girl Brisby ( now almost 4 years old) is the one that I have had early issues with; not life threatening however they do affect her quality of life. At age 2 1/2 she started leaking urine in her sleep. At first it was diagnosed as "spay incontinence", we have done some tests to determine if she has an ectopic ureter etc. I have a thread on this for anyone interested here (Possible Intramural Ectopic Ureter - Advice PleaseBris) It affects her quality of life as she is upset when she leaks, she gets urine scalding around her vulva and we are always on the watch for UTIs, which thankfully she has not manifested.

Brisby also ruptured her cruciate last summer at the age of 3. She has healed magnificently with conservative management with first rest/limited exercise, acupuncture, laser therapy on both stifles and supplements etc. This again was not life threatening, however did affect her QOL relative to keeping a young energetic dog from running, jumping etc. during a long healing process.



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No serious health issues with my Champ until he got cancer (cardiac hemangio) at 13 years old. Only other thing to note: He did have pigmentary uveitis in one eye at 11, but it was very manageable with eyedrops and did not affect his quality of life at all, just fuzzy vision in that eye sometimes.

My sister's pug on the other hand was a nightmare with health issues. He was from a backyard breeder. He had couple bouts of serious aspiration pneumonia which were life threatening the last few years. He's blind with dementia at 12 years old.

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We almost lost Benji twice when he was 3 1/2 months. He swolled a sock, which blocked his intestines, then he throw up the sock, causing his intestine to pull into its self, intussupception. He had to have an operation to fix his intestine, unfortunately 5 days later he had a reoccurance and required a second surgery. Thankfully he was a little fighter and ok s now doing well at 9 months.
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Sunny - 3, epilepsy and hip dysplasia, lived to 13
Ozzy - 10, both ACLs, lived to 14
Murphy - 9, cancer, lived to 9
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