I lost my dog two days ago she was a german shepherd and she was 7 years old...Thing is i let her out for a few minutes and she was fine, happy as always...after a while my mom noticed that she is not as active as she was...we called the vet he took her temperature and it was a little bit high...he said it was a common feaver and gave her some vitamins and antibiotics...an hour after the vet came I saw my dog in a sea of saliva and foam like liquid comming out of her mouth, she could not stand up and she was so sad to look at...she wasn`t vommiting but I held her head and body so she would not drown in the foam comming out of her and than she started shaking her head and body....liguids were pouring from her nose and mouth and she was choaking and grawling...i did not know what to do...we called the vet again and he said thats normal and shell be better in a few days...she was looking me in the eyes as I was holding her up and than she just died in my arms...I belive she was poisoned but the vet says its a disease but he didnt gave me a name for it...i think the SOB was just to lazy to come...the suffering of my dog was the worst thing I`ve ever seen she needed help and I did not know what to do ...I just wanna know is there a disease which can kill a 100 pound german shepherd in 2-3 hours, or was she poisoned as I think she was???...thank you!
I'm so sorry for your loss. I don't have any experience with an illness like that but I would definitely NOT go back to that vet. He obviously either doesn't care or doesn't know enough to help you when you need him.
A house call from a Vet? That is unheard of in my limited experience. Fortunately we have a Vet about 2 miles from the house, still even in an emergency I am sure we'd have to bring out dog in... much easier with a 20 pound Westie such as we have.
My first though was poison, but I have no direct experience, I am happy to say. Still I could relate to your pain as we had a 90 pound Golden Retriever that went "down" before my eyes. He didn't die at that time but was initially paralyzed in the rear legs and it too several months of water swimming (done DIY) to regain enough strength in the rear to take care of toilet needs and move around, even up a couple of stairs on which I put non-slip treads.
In this case it was diagnosed as a stroke, not brain, spinal I guess affecting just the rear muscles. But, he went down and I saw and was too his side in a minute and noticed he was discharging some fluids from his mouth, too long ago to remember or even want to remember. I got a neighbor and we picked the Golden up and put him in my lawn/garden wagon that has drop sides, making it possible for us to move the big fellow around. We loaded him into the back of an SUV (it too two of us, both older males) and took him to the Vet. In this case the dog did have a partial recovery, but that was about 5 years ago and we had to put him down about 2 years later because of cancer. He was 12, which is old for a Golden. Remember, large dogs in general have shorter lives. I share this in an attempt ot give a possible line of research, a stroke.
I believe a German Shepard has a similar life expectancy to the Golden, but 7 is getting old I think.
I would never need a vet cos I cant imagine replacing my family member with a DOG...I wanted to know what caused the death because if it was an illnes I couldnt do anything about it, but if she was poisoned I could have helped her somehow, I wanted to call another vet but we were ashured that it was only a feaver and i was thinking it will all be better soon but....she kept looking at me and she was asking for help and I was simply helpless, thats what hurts me the most...she expected help and I let her down!
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