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how did my chihuahua pass away?
trying to find out what happened to my 7yr chihuahua, she passed away a week ago, she was in perfect health as far as we knew, never showed signs of anything being wrong. she went out to use the bathroom with our other chihuahua was running around then when they called them to come in my son said she was walking a little off and was having trouble coming up the stairs he went to pick her up and she growled at him which is something she would never do ever, then she ran in the house her self and went under the table where she always went, a few minutes later my boyfriend heard a strange sound and thought the dogs were fighting when he went in the kitchen she was laying on the floor shaking with blood pouring out her ear, some from the nose and mouth, he said he picked her up so she wouldnt hurt her self banging her head on the floor she sounded like she couldnt breathe in with in a matter of minutes she was gone. i just cant get over that it doesnt seem right. they were not alone outside, she did not get hit by a car and she didnt fall. my heart is broken not knowing what happened. my vet has no answer for me, they said maybe heart failure or something in the brain. they never even looked at here either, when i brought her there i had her wrapped up and brought her there to be cremated, i wish i would have had them look at her but i wasnt thinking cause i was to sad and couldnt even talk to anyone. i called the next day and asked if they could do an autopsy but it was to late cause she had aleady been frozen. i have been searching online hoping for an answer the only thing that sounds like what happened is maybe a brain aneurysm. i did question something else, the 2 dogs were fighting the last 2 weeks, they would just start for no reason, we had seperated them from each other when we wernt around cause i was afraid one might get hurt, so my question is could it be possible the other chihuahua did something that killed her, the one that passed away is the the one that was always pinned down when they would fight, they are both only 5 pound dogs, is that even possible a dog that size could hurt the other one? if anyone maybe has an answer or have heard of anything like that happening please let me know, i wish i could have some peace to know what happened.
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Ah, I am so sorry to read this sad story.  You must be devastated and what a shock.  Something similar happened to a little Chi mix I had years ago but she was 12.  She was perfectly fine that morning and ate her food.  Next thing I knew she came to me and just died in my arms.  She was also bleeding.  Dudn't do a necropsy but vet said it was some type of rupture and hemmorage. , nit being able to have done that, you just won't know fir sure, could be any number of things.  Just like with people, some things happen for no apparent reason and we are just left to mourn the loss."Perhaps" they were fighting because the one was just not well.  Could have been something neurological going on.  So sorry for your loss.
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thanks for the feedback.. i am so broken hearted, she was a wonderful dog, i know i just dont understand how she was fine right before then, but i know there is no control over certain things that happen. ya i was thinking that to that maybe they were not getting along cause one wasnt feeling well. but she never showed anything was wrong and they never used to fight, they always cuddled together and the other one (Chloe) she was always washing Jazmine. I am sorry that happened to you with you dog, i know how you must of felt, my heart breaks cause she passed just a couple minutes before i could get there, i never got to say goodbye :(
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I'm sorry for what you are going through! There are a few things I would like to say. Many years ago we lost two dogs in a house fire: a 3 year old Great Pyrenees male and an 8 month old Airedale Terrier puppy. When we found the puppy and picked him up, blood flowed from him nose and mouth. That was caused by pooling of blood after death so the fact that your Chi had that happen to her, did not surprize me at all; there was no trauma to our puppy; he died in his sleep. The second thing that came to mind was a heart arrhythmia issue; that can kill a dog in the way you describe and most dogs are never checked with that type of issue unless a murmur or irregular heartbeat happens to be heard during a routine visit. The fact that this happened just after she was outside playing, speaks volumes to me. You should contact the breeder that you bought her from; if they are reputable breeders they may replace her free of charge for you because to die at 7 years is still a very young dog for her breed. Take care, I hopes this helps at least some.
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One thing I fogot to mention: heart failure is a CHRONIC disease which waxes and wanes over a course of years and is medically treated. The heart does not......'just fail'. Arrhythmias are the cause for sudden deaths as you are describing; it's the same in people.
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It sounds like a stroke, chiquaquas are known for having them, especially pure breeds. My chiquaqua had a stroke 4 years ago and it paralyzed the left side of his body. We took him to the vet and they suggested putting him down, but I said no because he was normal with the exception of not being able to walk, meaning his personality was the same, so I would sit him outside with my other dog, and seeing him run around was the motivation he needed because within months he began dragging himself around the yard, and then the dragging became walking, and walking became running, he was my miracle dog! Then yesterday I woke up to him barking and went to let him outside only to find bloody throw up and poop all over my floor, within 30 mins he was on his side on the floor as blood drained from his mouth and nose, until he was no longer breathing. I still can't believe he is gone, he was a strong little dog, and I never saw this day coming, but your story sound very similar to mine with the whole one day perfectly fine next day gone scenario. I can assure you the other dog had no part to play in it though. It is a known problem. May your dog rest in peace! RIP Kona<3
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I just lost my baby Coco on Friday am. She was a gorgeous 10yr old Chihuahua recently diagnosed w heart disease. She woke up w labored breathing and then just passed away in my arms. I can't stop crying!! I was taking her to a cardio vet every week and she was doing pretty well. She stopped breathing and I gave her mouth to mouth...then I gave her some oxygen when she started breathing again but she was limp and her tongue was hanging out. She sounded very congested and I just held her and told her how much I loved her. She also spit up yellowish fluid and had some coming out of her nose prior to "passing out". It all happened so fast!! I didn't want her to pass away scared in the car on the way to some 24 hr vet but I feel so guilty!!! On Monday of last week she had bloody diarrhea and my vet tested her for pancreatitis, which came back positive. She didn't seem to be in any pain and was back to herself the next day. She was on Digoxin, Flagyl, Pro-Pectin, Torbutrol and Enalapril in the days prior to her death. I had decreased the Digoxin when they tested her levels. I brought her to a crematory on Sat and had her cremated. She was only 4lbs and always very tiny w a sensitive system. She was the runt of the litter, my professor's dog had puppies and it was love at first sight!! On April 5th, two days after hearing her cough she had an echo and was diagnosed w an enlarged heart, mitral and tricuspid valve disease. The vets told me that she was NOT in congestive heart failure!!! I have 3 other dogs and a cat but cannot even get out of bed!!! My mother is w me, caring for my other fur babies. People keep saying that "Coco died in peace, safe in your arms" and that she couldn't hold on...I know they mean well but I was told that she was stable by 2 vets. Does anyone think it sounds like a stroke or heart attack? I think maybe her poor little heart just got tired...I miss her so much!!! She was my first pet and was so special!!! I'm sorry to everyone on this thread that has also suffered losing their sweet baby!! :-( Sarah
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I had a 9-year old Chihuahua who also died quickly and became ill only two weeks before passing away. My little Zorro was healthy and had good checkups up until that time. He suddenly starting yelping in pain and could not move his head and had difficulty getting comfortable and doing his normal activities. I took him to the first vet and the vet gave him Prednisone, a muscle relaxer, and Tramadol since the vet suspected a spinal disk problem common in chihuahuas. I gave Zorro the prescribed medication for two weeks and he subsequently became worse in more pain and his quality of life diminished. I was able to travel by plane to take him home to my mother's house, the neighborhood where I found him as a younger dog 7 years ago (about 2 years old at the time). He then had trouble breathing and turned into an old dog overnight. The last vet I took him to before the emergency vet (where he died) found large amounts of blood in his lungs and determined it could be cancer. The next day he passed away at the emergency vet. I recovered his body and gave him an honorable funeral. I am still grieving the loss. He was my soulmate and companion. It is comforting to know there are others out there who have lost a special chihuahua. Has anyone experience anything similar? I am still dumbfounded at the loss, not knowing what really happened and having survivor's guilt. Thank you for posting
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On January 23rd 2016. Saturday day of Monster Snowstorm on east coast my chihuahua named Maya passed away suddenly in sleep. That early morning as usual she woke up, roamed around the house, went up and down on stairs played with her two siblings and went back to her room.
An hour later, our closed family friend Peppe, Godfather of these dogs who was taking care of them in our absence made freshly cooked breakfast to feed them. When he called them she did not come as she was sleeping peacefully he thought. Ten minutes later He tried to call and wake her up. He noticed she is not responding. He shook her up and to no response. Immediately he gave her mouth to mouth resuscitation but no response. Her body was warm but lifeless.
Suddenly death of my chihuahua Maya without any symptoms or signs of any illness recent medical check up. Blood work which was all normal raised lots of questions on my mid. What happened to her? Heart attack or Age related death? I can't find satisfying answer, neither Vet could explain the cause  of her sudden death.
Five years ago, we bought three beautiful chihuahuas mother Maya, daughter Piya and son Diya. They were chosen family members. All the names mean Affection, Love, and Light of Life. They Proved their names by giving us unconditional Love and Loyalty and made our lives wonderful and full of joy.
At the time of the sudden death of my chihuahua we were thousands of miles away. Around that time of her death, That day, I perceived a thought through sense of vibration in my heart, suddenly i told my husband, I want to go back home, why? I never knew at that time why but probably Maya was giving subtle "goodbye" to us through her vibration.
After making all changes in our flights I called home to give awareness of my earlier arrival. Suddenly I heard hysterical cry and sobbing voice from our family friend who told us of Maya passed away.
My husband and me cried and cried in each others arms as our loved one left this world. Sudden emptiness in our heart was felt because we realized that we can not reach in time for her Cremation.
Our relatives and the friends gathered in our home and tried to console and comfort us to remember Maya as a lovable graceful and athletic chihuahua and the love of our lives.
Mystery of her sudden death will never be resolved but i know she went to heaven in peace. The attachment through affection is such that losing our loved ones bring severe longing in your heart. Right way to remember your loved ones is that even though they shed their physical body, they live through the memories in our hearts forever. I keep thinking all the time where are our departed loved ones? She is inseparable from our lives and our souls.
Maya we promise we will give immeasurable love and care to your children so please rest in peace! my deepest sympathy to all who lost their chihuahuas suddenly.
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On January 23rd 2016. Saturday day of Monster Snowstorm on east coast my chihuahua named Maya passed away suddenly in sleep. That early morning as usual she woke up, roamed around the house, went up and down on stairs played with her two siblings and went back to her room.
An hour later, our closed family friend Peppe, Godfather of these dogs who was taking care of them in our absence made freshly cooked breakfast to feed them. When he called them she did not come as she was sleeping peacefully he thought. Ten minutes later He tried to call and wake her up. He noticed she is not responding. He shook her up and to no response. Immediately he gave her mouth to mouth resuscitation but no response. Her body was warm but lifeless.
Suddenly death of my chihuahua Maya without any symptoms or signs of any illness recent medical check up. Blood work which was all normal raised lots of questions on my mid. What happened to her? Heart attack or Age related death? I can't find satisfying answer, neither Vet could explain the cause  of her sudden death.
Five years ago, we bought three beautiful chihuahuas mother Maya, daughter Piya and son Diya. They were chosen family members. All the names mean Affection, Love, and Light of Life. They Proved their names by giving us unconditional Love and Loyalty and made our lives wonderful and full of joy.
At the time of the sudden death of my chihuahua we were thousands of miles away. Around that time of her death, That day, I perceived a thought through sense of vibration in my heart, suddenly i told my husband, I want to go back home, why? I never knew at that time why but probably Maya was giving subtle "goodbye" to us through her vibration.
After making all changes in our flights I called home to give awareness of my earlier arrival. Suddenly I heard hysterical cry and sobbing voice from our family friend who told us of Maya passed away.
My husband and me cried and cried in each others arms as our loved one left this world. Sudden emptiness in our heart was felt because we realized that we can not reach in time for her Cremation.
Our relatives and the friends gathered in our home and tried to console and comfort us to remember Maya as a lovable graceful and athletic chihuahua and the love of our lives.
Mystery of her sudden death will never be resolved but i know she went to heaven in peace. The attachment through affection is such that losing our loved ones bring severe longing in your heart. Right way to remember your loved ones is that even though they shed their physical body, they live through the memories in our hearts forever. I keep thinking all the time where are our departed loved ones? She is inseparable from our lives and our souls.
Maya we promise we will give immeasurable love and care to your children so please rest in peace! my deepest sympathy to all who lost their chihuahuas suddenly.
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