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    rollinsc5
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    I had an 11 year old collie/husky mix named Abby that was in pretty good shape. The past 6 months(maybe a year, I’ve been at college so I’ve lost track of time) the only thing that was different was that she didnt seem to have the strength to jump into the back of a pickup like she had done for the past 10 years. She’s been living with my grandmother the past 6 years so she definitely has not been abused. About a week or 2 before she died she started acting a little funny. She ate a couple dishes of catfood and the next day she seemed to not be feeling well. She didnt eat anything the whole day but she seemed to be back to herself after a day or two. The day before she died she had been out running around like usual. I stopped at my grandmothers to visit and as my grandmother met me at the door with the dog by her side the dog fell over. She got right back up and jogged over to see me and then her hind legs started to give out and she lost complete control of them and collapsed again. She was too weak to get up and was having a difficult time breathing. We kept trying to comfort her and she eventually got up and started walkin over to the end of the driveway. She went to the bathroom about 50 feet from where she had collapsed and then continued on about 25 feet before laying down. The side of her where her stomach is felt very hard and somewhat bloated. We wanted to get her back in the house so we talked her into gettin up and she jogged back to the house but was stumbling from side to side appearing as if she was drunk, she then collapsed again before getting up the steps. We ended up having to carry her in the house and layed her down inside. She never got up again and about 2-3 hours later she made a little rumble and attempted to go to the door before breathing her last breath. A little bit of red blood came out of her rear end. She was outside quite often running around so she could have got in to anything. She often visited the neighbor down the road. We live in a town of about 100 ppl spaced far apart so everyone lets their animals run loose. I am just wondering if anyone has an idea of what might have happened(heart attack, poisoning, stroke?) or at least maybe a better forum to address this issue. Thanks…….

    #492355

    i am very sorry for your lose. but you should have brought that dog into the vet to have tests done the moment u noticed something was wrong with her. when a dog acts differently then it normally does it means there is something wrong. and no one here can tell you what was wrong with your dog. you should take it to the vet and have the vet take a look and find out the cause of death. again very sorry for your lose but if you would have taken the dog in this might have been prevented.

    #492353

    i am very sorry for your lose. but you should have brought that dog into the vet to have tests done the moment u noticed something was wrong with her. when a dog acts differently then it normally does it means there is something wrong. and no one here can tell you what was wrong with your dog. you should take it to the vet and have the vet take a look and find out the cause of death. again very sorry for your lose but if you would have taken the dog in this might have been prevented.

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    yodalover
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    i’m so sorry to hear about your Abby! i’m sure you made many wonderful memories with her. When you look at the big picture, she had a good, long life (11 years). i don’t know how long she suffered, and i don’t agree with the post that said "you should’ve taken her to the vet." but, for whatever reason(s), you didn’t take her to the vet and that is ok. i can really relate to your grief because i just recently lost my 13yo chihuahua during my move to a new state earlier this week. it was awful and i feel so bad, but i can’t change what happened now. we don’t know what she died of but she all of the sudden couldn’t get her breath and i tried to get her to a vet at 1am in the morning (we were in the middle of nowhere), but despite directions i couldn’t find the vet. i brought her back to the hotel and she died about 7 hours later. we suspect congestive heart failure. she’d had a periodic cough or ‘hack’ for a couple of months prior which we thought was asthma. the "going to the vet" thing is hard. for many of us the issue is financial – many of us have to draw a line on what we can spend on caring for our pets. vet care can be VERY expensive, especially when one has more than one pet. yes, usually the more you take a pet to the vet, the higher their quality and quantity of life. but only the owner(s) can decide what level they can afford. again, my heart goes out to you about abby. give yourself time to grieve and know that with time, the pain will lessen. perhaps you can do some sort of memorial for her?

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    yodalover
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    i’m so sorry to hear about your Abby! i’m sure you made many wonderful memories with her. When you look at the big picture, she had a good, long life (11 years). i don’t know how long she suffered, and i don’t agree with the post that said "you should’ve taken her to the vet." but, for whatever reason(s), you didn’t take her to the vet and that is ok. i can really relate to your grief because i just recently lost my 13yo chihuahua during my move to a new state earlier this week. it was awful and i feel so bad, but i can’t change what happened now. we don’t know what she died of but she all of the sudden couldn’t get her breath and i tried to get her to a vet at 1am in the morning (we were in the middle of nowhere), but despite directions i couldn’t find the vet. i brought her back to the hotel and she died about 7 hours later. we suspect congestive heart failure. she’d had a periodic cough or ‘hack’ for a couple of months prior which we thought was asthma. the "going to the vet" thing is hard. for many of us the issue is financial – many of us have to draw a line on what we can spend on caring for our pets. vet care can be VERY expensive, especially when one has more than one pet. yes, usually the more you take a pet to the vet, the higher their quality and quantity of life. but only the owner(s) can decide what level they can afford. again, my heart goes out to you about abby. give yourself time to grieve and know that with time, the pain will lessen. perhaps you can do some sort of memorial for her?

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