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Old 06-25-2009, 10:42 AM
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I am NOT the person who should be hearing bad things related to my dogs. Now I'm going to freaking worry myself to death.

Mom calls this morning and tells me that a man with a JRT that used to be a client at my vet, and comes into mom's store all the time, was in there morning with his dog. My mom was petting it, it was excited and everything. Mom said they walked to the pharmacy in the back to refill the dogs med's, and while standing at the counter the dog dropped dead.

They called the vet next door, the vet and some techs ran over, and then ran the dog back across the street, but it was already dead.

How'd it die? It was a rescue with bad heartworms, and had CHF and heart failure problems as a result. It died from a heart attack.

Ugh, I can't handle hearing stories like that. Instant heart failure/heart attack are some of my hugest fears with Annie.
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:46 AM
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awww ((((((((((Fluffy)))))))))))
Sorry you had to hear that, but try not to think about it too much and enjoy your time with Annie!! Don't let it be ruined with fear of what COULD happen.
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:51 AM
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That's sad, but I agree don't let it ruin the time that you have with Annie. Because not taking advantage of the time you have now will be your biggest regret in the future.
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:00 AM
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It won't ruin my time with her, but it just adds to my worry and my over-protectiveness. The vet said it's so hot outside (100F and over) that the extreme heat could've played a part, just from the man walking the dog across the street from the vet to the store to get his prescription filled. It already worries me with Annie going outside just to potty (and starts panting immediately), cause it's so hot out there.
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:34 AM
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You can't help but worry !! **** Heart Worms !
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:36 AM
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Awe Fluff, what the other two have said is right, not easy, but right. You have to take a deep breath and let the worry go, you'll have as much time with her as you have and that's all. It's NEVER enough, but it's all we get.

You might know that I have two dogs. One border mix that came from the HS over 8 years ago, and one Doberman who came from an ignorant, awful BYB. The border mix is the family dog, she's essentially the kids dog and though I love her, there isn't a connection between us like their is with my dobe. He's all mine, through and through.

I don't know if you've ever heard of DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy) but it's rampant through the doberman breed and can happen to ANY doberman............well bred or not. It's a heart condition, and essentially, a seemingly healthy, strong, young dobe can be running around the backyard and fall over dead. It can strike any age, color, or sex of doberman. It's a very scary freaking thing and I used to look at him running around playing and think about it. Seriously, I did.

I had to let those thoughts go and enjoy him. It was my only choice so I didn't drive him nuts or myself.

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Old 06-25-2009, 11:41 AM
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How sad but you can't worry about things all the time. You are doing the best for her you can.
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:14 PM
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Well, that is a very worrysome story! But if you look on the bright side, if a dog does just drop dead all of a sudden, its better than if it had suffered. One of my great uncles was out fishing, and had a heart attack, he died right there on the boat doing something he loved. Not much pain, no suffering, didn't lie in a hospital bed for months. I bet it would be a pretty peaceful way to go.
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