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sudden death

My 9 year bealge died suddenly Tuesday night. I let him outside and after about 5 minutes heard a strange bark, it was strange even for a beagle.I looked outside and he was lying in the ground. I ran to him but he was unresponsive. He open his mouth twice and then passed away. The vet did a necropsy and said it was microcoagulating clots that caused his death. All his other organs were fine. What does this actually mean?
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172023 tn?1334672284
I'm sorry for your loss.  How sad!  What did the vet say about the microcoagulating clots?  Did he say what it could have been from?  Could your dog have gotten into some poison earlier in the day?  
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I am so sorry about your loss.  I do not know exactly what that means, but his blood was clotting and a clot probably travelled to his heart.  I am sure your dog was not in any pain..I know that doesn't take away the pain.  We love them so much, it is so hard to let them go....I wish you peace at this difficult time.
82861 tn?1333453911
Oh you poor thing!  I am so sorry for you and the tragic and traumatic ending to your dog's life.  I don't think it was rat poison (warfarin) because it does the opposite: causes the blood to lose its ability to clot.  

You might consider posting this question to Med Help's veterinarian, Dr. Cheng.  Look on the right side of this page down around the middle, and click on the Ask a Vet link.  Again, I'm so very sorry for you both.  I honestly don't know which is worse: losing a dog quickly and unexpectedly or having to endure right along with them as they decline from a long illness.  :-(
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I would like to say thank you for all your kind words. I spoke to the Vet yesterday and we went over the necropsy report. There was a high probability that my Toby had some form of cancer, He had nodules on his spleen and liver and its possible that a part of one broke off and caused a clot. This traveled and caused the blockage. I was relieved to know that he did not suffer and there was nothing I could have done for him because of course I felt that I should have seen some signs if he had cancer. It does not ease the pain of the loss but I can have some closure at this time. I hope to speak to you again.
172023 tn?1334672284
I'm glad there is some closure.

Often, there is little sign with animals of cancer or other diseases until it is very late.  

I'm so sorry for your loss.
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