My Dane Passed Away Suddenly?

My Dane passed away on Sunday. I'm so heart broken! It happened so suddenly and out of nowhere. Saturday night he was fine, ate his normal food, and I gave him a bone. We went to bed and he was fine. He slept in my room like usual and around 6:30 am Sunday morning I was wakened by him kicking the closet door followed by a howl and a second later he was gone.


There was no diarrhea, vomit, or foam coming out of his mouth, nothing. I checked the entire house to see if he had gotten into anything and found nothing. Idk what to think this could have been from. Any ideas? I'm killing myself with guilt like I could have done something differently.

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October 29, 20190 found this helpful

Please do not feel guilty. It could have been a number of things. An autopsy is the only sure way to know. My condolences on the loss of your pet.

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October 29, 20190 found this helpful

You have my deepest condolences. May his memory always be a blessing.


Big dogs often have issues with their intestines getting "knotted" that can cause sudden death, but truly it could have been anything from a stroke to a heart attack to an aneurysm to an allergic reaction. Sadly, like with people, you may never know.

If you find your grief is overwhelming, please seek help. Our animal shelter has grief counseling, as does one of our local funeral homes. Be gentle with yourself. It hurts!


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October 30, 20190 found this helpful

It is so hard to lose a loved pet that you have had for years and grown so attached to. I know I have lost a few dogs and each time it just breaks my heart and I feel at a loss without them there.

Please do not blame yourself for the death of your dog. it could have been a heart attack or even a seizure that caused the death of your dog.


Many times a heart condition is hard to determine even though you take the dog in for regular check-ups at the vets.

An autopsy is very expensive and can give you all the answers if you want to go this way. Other than this you can ask the vet what he thinks and he might be able to determine the problem and why to dog died like this.

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November 1, 20190 found this helpful

It is not uncommon for large breed dogs to die suddenly from bloat. I am so sorry. You must still be in shock. Ask your Vet to explain bloat for you. There is very little you could have done under the circumstances. It is possible to have an operation to stabilize the stomach in large breed dogs to prevent bloat, but many people just dont know about it.

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