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my golden retriever is sick

hello all, ive been browsing through the internet for information on golden retriever illnesses etc and decided to ask people who have had goldens themselves if they have seen similar symptoms to what my dog is going through in their own pet...

two nights ago my golden retriever, fred, was fine. as of yesterday my father and my brother started telling me they thought fred was deaf and that he had stopped eating - something that has never happened before. i heard him vomiting in my back yard and he vomited once two days ago but we thought nothing of it. as of yesterday he has been laying motionless except for when we try to move him into another room to be with us. he has trouble breathing, and by trouble breathing i mean a sort of panting which is not a common occurance... his stomach has also been girating or vibrating while he was laying down, as if he was having a muscle spasm. he has a warm, dry nose and totally lacks energy - i do not believe he is deaf as he reacts to me sometimes when i talk to him, but maybe that he just doesnt want to move to look at us. we took him to the vet today to get blood work, etc, they told my father that he has liquid in his lungs, which is probably why he has been struggling breathing. i was wondering if any of you have had dogs which have had these similar symptoms, and what the outcome was. my dog is 12-13 years old, purebread. he has had no previous health complications besides physical ailments such as cuts, and some bad teeth.

any help would be appreciated ASAP, seeing as how this may be a life or death matter within the coming days. i am looking for possible diseases/disorders to recommend my vet check out.

symptoms in short: not eating, low energy, panting/struggles with breathing, vomiting, warm & dry nose, sudden onset of deafness (possible)
age: 12-13
sex: male
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Welcome! I wish it was under better circumstances.

I hate to mention it but have you thought about his heart. The symptons you are describing are the symptons I'm supposed to watch for in my puppy that has a heart condition.


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yes, ive looked into it, i personally think that its cardiomyopathy, as i have read an article about it. my dad believes it isnt because my dog experienced a sudden onset...
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Instead of posting here you should be taking your dog to your vet immediately. You dog could be dying or having a heart attack. You have a list of his symptoms to tell the vet so he should be able to rule out one thing or another and zero in on what is the cause. Please go see your vet now and good luck to you.
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Instead of posting here you should be taking your dog to your vet immediately. You dog could be dying or having a heart attack. You have a list of his symptoms to tell the vet so he should be able to rule out one thing or another and zero in on what is the cause. Please go see your vet now and good luck to you.
yo, please read what i write, i took him to the vet, he was there all day today, how else am i gonna get bloodwork done on my dog - in my basement? hes goin back there tomorrow, and like i said, i am trying to get recommendations for my vet incase she didnt consider something for when i GO BACK there tomorrow
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Sorry---didn't see the part where you had bloodwork.....shame on me...think its time to go to bed.
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I am SO sorry to hear this, it must be so difficult. The panting/difficulty breathing definitely sounds heart-related. I know its so hard to wait, but I'm sure your vet will have the best idea as to what is causing this and what can be done..when will you get the bloodwork back?

again, im so sorry and i hope it turns out alright.
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did they do any kind of chest x-rays to see what his chest looks like? (e.g. size of heart, fluid in lungs, tumors, etc)? That would be an important first step in figuring out what things look like for your dog. I'm not sure if that's part of the "Bloodwork, etc" that your vet did....just curious...
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Oh I'm so sorry to hear Fred is having such a rough time suddenly. I don't have an older dog but wanted to send my best wishes out to you. Please keep us updated.
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ive been researching, and yes they told us there was fluid in his lungs, or more fluid than usual. he doesnt look well, and i found this website and his symptoms match this website...

Heart Conditions - Helpful Dog Info - Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue

my family is hoping that isnt the case and my brother has taken it rather hard, but i guess we will have to find out tomorrow when we take him back... im almost positive thats what it is and ive resigned to that fate... im gonna miss him but i realize that all things must come to an end, he is getting old, you know... sigh
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