My dog just died and I need some answers (lengthy).
October 19, 2010 9:50 AM Subscribe
My dog just died and I need some answers. She was a 6 month old female stray. About 5 days ago, she became listless and weak - wanting to sleep whenever she could. In addition she felt quite feverish and she suffered from labored breathing - making a wheezing sound with each breath.
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As this would not get better, I took her to the vet (I live in India) the day before yesterday. The vet was unable to positively diagnose. He listened to her chest and declared her lungs as unaffected. His "diagnosis", if I can call it such, was fever plus anemia in addition to some undefined infection. He injected her with some antibiotic and prescribed oral antibiotics on top of that.
I took her home and the following night she had great difficulty breathing, much more so than before. she would repeatedly get up and gasp for air, making deep rasping sounds as she struggled for breath. after some time, this subsided somewhat and she returned to the labored breathing from earlier. Additionally, during the day, she had shown an appetite, but would vomit whatever given to her within a minute. The vomit was covered in a thick, viscous mucus.
The next day, I return to the vet. This time he declares that she must have pneumonia. More injections: another round of antibiotics and a bronchial dilator. Blood is taken for lab work. I return home with instructions to continue with the prescribed medications.
Last night is another really rough night for her. Again, there are episodes where she's gasping for air. Today, I bring her in again and am told that the blood analysis confirms an immune response to an infection, in addition to anemia.
She gets more injections. Antibiotics and some other stuff. I can't quite shake the feeling that this case is beyond the vet's capabilities, but I dismiss the feeling.
I take her home for the final time. She lies flat all day, wheezing and rasping. Tonight, I bring her some chicken broth for which she gets up and which she gulps down greedily (she'd not eaten in a few days by then). I try to slow her down, taking the plate from her. Then, without warning, she slumps on her hind legs, as if to sit down, with nose pointed skywards. She remains like that for a few seconds before collapsing dead before me. It was over in a matter of seconds, brutal in its swiftness.
Sorry for this really lengthy post, but I'm seriously rattled. I want to know what she was suffering from and what she died of. If anyone with a veterinarian background could shed some light I'd really appreciate it.