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    Hi everyone, new here, just wanted some others opinion. My dog passed away recently while awaiting for surgery in our local veterinarian. She always became stressed when visiting the vet and would tremble constantly. She was only in to have minor surgery and there has never been any indication of heart problems. She was only playing with me before I took her there and chasing her sister around. She died within ten minutes of me leaving her there. Can a dog die from anxiety like this and suffer a heart attack as the vet suggests? Our concern is that the vet did something wrong to cause her death, of course we are hoping this would not be the case. She was an older dog, just over twelve years, but for her age was very energetic. I did not elect to have a post-mortem at the time, I was too distressed to think clearly when notified, and elected to have her cremated.

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    Dogs can die suddenly of heart disease and I suppose like us under stress it becomes more likely.

    I know how you feel with all the what if's etc, but without a post mortem being carried out that's all it can ever be "what if", "can I believe them".

    Do you have reason to doubt them? Have you been displeased with their service in the past? What surgery was your dog in for?

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    How sad, it must have been the worst shock. So sorry for your pain and loss and no chance to say goodbye.
    Mac is right , with no post mortem there is nothing to be done except move on.
    It is the worst case scenario for a vet visit.

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    No, I have no reason to doubt them, they have always been her vet. She was in for a tooth removal and the removal of a small growth on her eyelid. It wasn't urgent surgery but the eyelid growth was making her eye weep and the tooth had an abscess. She was never a stressed out dog other than when at the vets. She died within ten minutes of me leaving her there. The vet said that they had not even started the procedure and went to get her out of the holding cage and noticed her breathing was very shallow and then it stopped. I am tending to feel as though it is my fault for leaving her there but I was only trying to do the right thing by her.

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    It sounds as if, at 12, as is her right, she had an underlying heart condition. Most of these dont respond too well to stress. And a visit to the vet, would of been stressful. And now you have a shocking loss at your door.
    Would you rather the alternative, to watch your dog die from the heart attack? neither option is desirable. but the moment of death, as the moment of life, is not ours to chose. In most cases.
    I have lost some companions in life, along the way, and time really is a great healer. The 'what if' is part of grieving, its denial. It is natural. As is anger, which may grow out of this, as is acceptance. I wish you a speedy recovery. And my heart goes out to you.

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    Thanks Bernie, that has made me feel so much better.

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    How horrible for you. And what a choice - let dog live with two uncomfortable conditions or take the risk of taking it to the vet. At least it was quick. Some vets don't want to do surgery on older dogs because the risk is high that something will go wrong - but they hadn't even started. They must feel very crap about it too.

    And yes what bernie said - anger, denial, despair, sadness, guilt, guilt at remembering the good times, lots of feelings - good and bad go into grieving. it's all ok. it's all "correct".

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    I am so sorry for your loss, you must not blame yourself as these things happen so suddenly. A little over a year ago I lost my darling GSD Tara to cancer, she was only 8yrs 7mths and was always healthy. The shock and total disbelieve that this has happened, especially when I raised her from a puppy and she was given the best of everything was just unbearable and I grieved for her for a long time.

    I vowed never to get another GSD because of this very nasty and aggressive cancer, then nearly a month ago I saw Chloe a young GSD girl who needed a home and it's the best thing I did.
    Chloe & Zorro
    Rottweilers and German Shepherds are Family

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