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Dog past away in the night, looking for answers.

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Stayjoward, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. Stayjoward

    Stayjoward PetForums Newbie

    Mar 23, 2020
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    Hi guys,

    my 9 year old border collie passed away in the night, he has been a very fit and healthy dog.
    Last night he walked into the living room and his legs gave way and he fell over, he couldn’t seem to get back up again for around 5 minutes, he then got up again and seemed normal like it had never happened.
    We all went to bed as normal, then when I’ve got up this morning I’ve found him passed away on the kitchen floor.
    I’m just wondering if anyone could know what might have happened, It’s so hard not knowing what was wrong with him and what has ended his life.
  2. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

    Jan 5, 2013
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    So sorry this happened. It must have been a terrible shock.

    Sounds like he might have had a stroke or possibly a heart attack.

    Chances are he won’t have known much about it, if that helps?

    So sorry for your loss :(
  3. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

    Jan 18, 2014
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    I'm so sorry. The way to know is to get a post-mortem at the vets. But to be honest I doubt it would help you get over it any better.
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  4. Leanne77

    Leanne77 PetForums VIP

    Oct 18, 2011
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    What a horrible thing to have happened. My guess too would be a heart attack or a stroke. My collie bitch had a stroke in 2018, she had 3 seizures in total over a matter of days. The last 2 were severe cluster seizures and she lost all sensation down her left side. She was hospitalised overnight as she was so unresponsive and I thought I was going to lose her. It took weeks for her to recover (not that she ever fully did) but I had her another 18 months.

    As Sarah H said, the only true way to know is with a PM but it wont bring her back or ease your pain.
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  5. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

    Sep 6, 2009
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    He probably had a blood clot (legs giving out can be an indication) which then traveled to his heart or brain. I'm so sorry for your loss. He most likely did not suffer at all. During this time I am not even sure if you could have a necropsy done as all surgical equipment is needed for the health crisis.

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Please be gentle with yourselves and realize that you will be in shock. Shock can lower your immune system so take care to stay inside and avoid exposure to other people. xx
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