Cause of Sudden Death in a Puppy?

My puppy 6 months old just died. She was playing with our other dog and he came in and whined. I went out and she was lying on her side. I went over I pulled her tongue out breathed into her, lifted her and massaged her chest. Her eyes started moving and then she woke up. She was doing okay. She got up walked over and had some milk then laid down. I was aware then about an hour later I reached down to pet her and she didn't respond. I tried to resuscitate her again to no avail. Why did this happen? What is the reason? She was very active puppy.


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August 8, 20190 found this helpful

Oh my. You have my deepest and most heartfelt condolences on your loss. So sad and so young. May her little furry memory always be a blessing.

It sounds like you did all of the right things and sometimes there are still sad outcomes. Humans and dogs alike can pass suddenly and without warning. Speculating and all the "what if"s can make you very sad and is not helpful.

I do understand wanting to know. I would to, I guess it is just important to know that sometimes there just aren't answers, just like there aren't when a person dies suddenly.


You can talk to your vet and find out if the pup's breed has known congenital things that can cause sudden deaths. I know, for example, that some very big dogs, like mastiff's and boxers, can have their intestines twist if they are predisposed, if they eat a big meal then immediately run around and play. Some dogs never have it happen and some do.

If you find you are having issues with the grieving process, I encourage you to find a place to talk about it. Our animal rescue has a grief support group and our local funeral home does also (for people that have lost people or pets since the grieve process is the same).

I will send up lots of prayers for you and your family. Post back with an update. Take care.


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August 8, 20190 found this helpful

Sometimes dogs have undiagnosed physical defects or illnesses. Unless you do an autopsy you may never know. My condolences on the loss of your pet.


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August 24, 20190 found this helpful

This could have been some sort of heart problem or even a respiratory problem in the dog. It is very hard to say. But it seems that the dog had some sort of an attack earlier and you were able to snap the dog out of this one. The second attack you do not see or were not aware of and the dog died in their sleep. This is so sad and I am so sorry this one happened. It is hard to say why this one happened and it is hard to accpet too. I would want to know why if this happened to one of my dogs. I might suggest that you talk with the vet and tell him what happened. He may have a better answer for you as to what caused this.


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