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Possible Cause of My Dog's Death?

On Sunday I had to make the hard decision of getting my 15yr old Jack Russell Terrier put down. He seemed to be fine that day, he came up to me looking for his usual cuddles and then headed upstairs to lay down.

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He then came downstairs and my dad had noticed that he had peed on the living room floor. The door was closed so he could not get out; he would usually only pee in doors if he couldn't get outside. My dad let him out into the back yard and about 10 minutes later rushed in to tell me that something was wrong with him.

I went outside to find him laying on the wet concrete looking like he was finding it difficult to breathe, it also looked like he was straining, and trying to push out a bowel movement with no joy. He then vomited a very tiny amount of chicken that he had earlier that day. I tried to get him to move, but he would not and when I did eventually get him to stand he would stagger and then fall back down as if he had no power at all, especially in his back end. I tried getting him to eat or drink something, but he was not interested and continued having these symptoms for a while. I rubbed his tummy and he continued to look like he was contracting his tummy and eventually a tiny bit of diarrhoea came out, but he did not even have the energy/power to stand up.

We had to call the vet out of hours and met her at the practice, when we were in the car he was looking around him and eventually buried his head into my chest. When we got to the vet she examined him and said he was really unwell, his temperature was low, he was in pain when she examined his abdomen, his blood flow was bad as his mouth and eyes and colour was very pale and it took her forever to get a heartbeat and when she did she said it was very faint. By this stage he had worsened, he tried to stand a few times, but couldn't and eventually he was just laying there. When my dad asked her about tests she said that he is an older dog (15years) and the outcome would more than likely be very poor.

For weeks now he had been sleeping most of the day, laying in places he wouldn't usually lay. He slept in my bed with me and every night/early AM he would look to go downstairs for a drink and he would spend ages getting a drink then go outside for a pee. He seemed to walk about the house and not know what to do with himself, go up and down the stairs and at times kept out of sight, but other days he seemed to have more energy. We thought this behaviour was just because he was an old dog. I just don't know what happened and I'm finding it very hard to get passed this, I feel that I have failed him in some way. If anyone has been through a similar situation and has some insight into what may have happened it would be much appreciated and might help to put my mind at ease. The vet said we were very lucky to have had 15yrs with him, which I know is true, but he was my best friend.

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October 16, 20190 found this helpful

He could have had a tumor. We had to have our cat put down because of a tumor in his intestines. He also was straining like he was trying to have a bowel movement.

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October 16, 20190 found this helpful

He gave you many signs! The Vet would have given you answers sooner. 15 years is a long time, Hope he didn't suffer!

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October 16, 20190 found this helpful

This could easily be cancer of some sort. I had a dog and she was only 10 years of age when I had to put her down. It started off slow like your dog then one day I noticed her eyes looked funny and she had gone blind over night. We took her to the vet immediately and he did give her some shots. This went on for 3 more weeks and she did what your dog did. Finally one day she just stopped eating we took her back to the vet. They told us she had 2 tumors in her throat and it was closed shut and she had a giant turmor on the back of her leg.

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In cases like this there is very little you can do. The vet asked us if we wanted to wait a bit before putting her down to sleep. I tried hard for a few days and saw she was no longer walking or eating and I just felt I had to help her even if it ment tgo lose her for good. I know it is hard but your dog had a lot of good years and you should be proud to know you were there to love him to the end.

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October 16, 20190 found this helpful

He could have had an illness, or just died of old age. 15 years is old for a dog. I am sure you gave him a wonderful life.

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October 18, 20190 found this helpful

Firstly, Im sorry for your loss. Like most pet lovers we understand your pain. Your dog has possibly just gone the normal route of dying. As they get in the last months they do have all the symptoms that you speak off.

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As the organs start to weaken. The water drinking is all part of the kidneys. The loss of clear decisions is like a small stroke or confusion with dog dementia. Please dont blame yourself. The love your dog gave you & you in return will always stay in your heart.

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October 21, 20190 found this helpful

Could have been heart failure. I had a dog about three years ago now that died from that. He was just barely 16. He slept alot and was very restless the time he was awake ( pacing around aimlessly) at the time my dog was having several other health issues and I was working with the vet closely. So I was able to get an official diagnosis on the heart failure. Being dogs are pack animals they hide their conditions and make it extremely hard for their people to know that there's anything wrong with them. Even with the medication my dog didn't even last a month before I had to put him down. It was very hard for me. Your dog was very old and it sounds like he had a very loving and great life. He knew he was loved and wouldn't want you beating yourself up over it.

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November 2, 20190 found this helpful

Your post sent me into tears. My late Carmel Ann showed similar challenges. She had congestive heart failure and then passed from a massive stroke.

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It is never easy to lose a fur child and it is often a challenge in the heat of the situation to recognize what is happening.

Be easy on yourself. You gave your baby 15 lovely years and you now have a furry angel. I will pray that my Carmel finds him and shows him all the best sun spots in heaven and the best places for unlimited treats!

Prayers for you and your family!! May your fur child's memory always be a blessing.

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November 29, 20190 found this helpful

Did you notice swelling of his belly. My dog Blackie went thru that exact same ... everything... It was very rough.A few years earlier same thing with my beloved Sonny.Both were of age. Sonny, I took to the vet... cut him open... cancer through his insides... and a " Turned Stomach" and Blackie had the turned stomach...

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swollen.. going inside, trying to make it outside... I thought and still do I over-fed him... he loved to eat. It's okay... though.I think at a certain age it is part of their nature.It is not a fault of ours or our dogs.It's only nature.God Bless.

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