My Shih Tzu recently died. I was not taking care of it at the time since I had moved to another country. Anyways, around 1 and 1/2 month before my dog died I visited it and saw that he had a red eye. I think he had an eye infection... I didn't think much of it at the time because I thought it would just pass and the owner would take care of it.
But it died recently from loss of appetite and a fever, according to the owner. Could the eye infection have caused the death?
And could the dog have rabies? Do the symptoms match? (I had an open cut on my hand while playing with him at the time and I was trying to feed him from my hand so I am scared I may have gotten rabies from him)
I am also sorry that there is no definitive way to determine the cause of death without a post mortem exam, toxicology screen, examination of the brain for rabies infection, and blood-work.
If your dog was not vaccinated for rabies you should contact your own doctor and discuss rabies prophylaxis for yourself.
Shih Tsu's have bulging eyes normally and are prone to eye infections, so that the problem with his eye may just have been an eye infection and could have been incidental, but as I have already mentioned there is no way to tell.
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