Dog Died Suddenly

On the 17th June 2020, after 9 and a half years my beloved Jack Russell/English Toy Terrier, Coco, sadly and shockingly passed away. Except for being overweight (it is common in the English toy breed) and a small dog, she was in perfect health. She had no major medical conditions that I had knowledge of. It was my mother who found her. She said her tongue was hanging out and she was very stiff. Her stomach was slightly hard and she wasn't overly cold.


My question though is could she have died because of her weight causing her to have a heart attack? Or some unknown health condition of her heart or other organs? Could she have chocked? Every evening my mother or I would give her a little treat. We have other dogs as well. (Her mum & daughter: both Mum's dogs). So we know she could be very greedy and with being an English Toy she tended to just swallow before chewing. She had choked in the past before and we had to help her. Now with her sudden death I'm quite distraught and confused.

Can anyone help me out please?

Thank You Xx

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June 20, 20200 found this helpful
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I am so sorry for the loss of your dog. It sounds like the dog had a heart attack that could have been caused by the weight of the dog. I have several small dogs and the vet is always warning me about how much they weight and to keep them fit and trim.


I know after a dog has been fixed it is a lot easier for them to gain weight. In small dogs too much grease or fat can get around the muscles of the heart and this can cause a siezier or heart attack.

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So sorry for your loss, maybe this will help- - also-

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