View Full Version : Please Help Us Understand What Happened to Our Dog

03-05-2007, 02:14 PM
Our Loso Opso, 5 years old, went for a ride with my wife this weekend, short trip downtown. He threw-up in the car, and we thought maybe he just got car sick. He was kind of moving slowly the rest of the day, not looking too good. He would continue to "try" and vomit thoughout the day, but only a very little bit of white foamy stuff would come out, no more than a silver dollar's worth. About five hours later I noticed "hey, he's really not looking good and acting odd". My wife took him outside for some fresh air and a minute later I noticed he was looking hunched up a bit and dragging is back legs, his back legs were as stiff as a board. She put him in her lap and tried to relax him as he started to kind of kick and wimper. Then, which was really alarming, he looked straight up in the air, to the point where his head was so far back he was almost touching his back, and he stayed like that. Soon he started to kick violently and cry out. He would move his head back to a more normal position from time to time, but only briefly, then back to straight up and back. We took him in the house and I called the vet, this was about 1am Sunday morning. I found out there's no emergency vet on call in our town, the nearest town that does is one hour away. We decided he was in too much pain and had to do something. We loaded him up, my wife drove, and I held him. He was still kicking, with his head up, wimpering, and letting out an occasional terrible cry, it was awful. His heart was racing and I knew the little guy's heart wasn't going to hold up under that stress. 20 minutes down the road he started to calm down, I was hoping he'd passed whatever it was he'd gotten into, maybe bird bones, or a rabbit bones. He was always killing birds and rabbits, or trying. My impression was that he had a bone stuck sideways in his intestines maybe, but I just don't know. Then his heart slowed, and he'd died right there in my arms. We were and are devistated. The pain he went through was horrible. The next morning, my wife and I walked our property and found some bird feathers, maybe he ate a bad bird? We're not sure because we also have cats that live outside and hunt the birds too. From what I've described, does anyone know what might have happened? Coincidentaly, he died the same day we were expecting and received our newest member, a Chiwawa. He couldn't have come a moment sooner, but we dont' want the same happening to him. Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help,

03-05-2007, 02:43 PM
I would suggest an autopsy from your vet, but it sounds a lot like antifreeze poisoning to me, or just about any kind of poisoning to that extrem. It sounds like he was going through the sezisures associated with poisoning. Did you have windshield washer fluid in your car that he may have gotten into? It only takes a teaspoon tp kill your dog, he could have licked it from the side of the bottle. I'm so sorry to hear about your lose, maybe this will promote your vet to instate an emergency vet.

03-05-2007, 03:25 PM
It is becoming pretty apparent he was poisoned by something. I checked on some of the plant life on our property and found that the Oleander bushes we have can be deadly. My wife said she did find some grassy type material in his vomit when she cleaned the car up when he frst got sick. Although some of his symptoms don't totally match up with the discription I read on Oleander poisoning.

There were no other chemicals around, such as anit-freeze, or anything else that we could find.

03-05-2007, 03:36 PM
I am so sorry for your loss and what your little guy went through.
I agree with Celtech...an autopsy, since you have a new dog. Besides, it will put your mind at ease. Hugs to you and your wife. We all do the best we can, but we can't protect them from everything.

03-05-2007, 08:31 PM
I agree it sounds like a typical seizures from posioning; which could have been from anything. remember not all animals will react the same way. so what you found as 'typical' don't necessarily mean that's the way it is for every single animal. but anything could have posioned him--bad kibble, the poisionis leaves, antifreeze (which he could have licked up off the ground from a car parked somewhere along the road with a leak--it doesn't take much and he could have injested all there was so no you wouldn't find any on the road). remember other posions to--chocolate, raisons, mushrooms, tylenol, other human otc products (even ones 'safe' for a dog, an overdose is toxic nonetheless). If he ate a bird he could have swollowed something sharp (beak, foot, etc) and when he vomitted even though it didn't come out it could have come up enough into the eshaphogus and punctured a lung. the possibilities are endless. i agree a necropsy would put your mind at ease.

i'm so sorry for your loss!!!

03-05-2007, 09:45 PM
OMG. :(( I'm so sorry for your tragic loss. Did you by any chance have the vet do a necropsy on your dog? That would be the only way to truly figure out what went wrong...but I do agree with the previous posters that is sounds like a poisioning of some sort.

03-06-2007, 03:04 AM
i'm so sorry this has happened its a terrible thing to happen.
although i do definatly agree with the others about his fitting which is bad enough on its own but until you have a postmortem on him you wont know for sure what caused it.

03-06-2007, 10:41 AM
Last night, I spoke with my wife about what I've read online, and about everyone here's feedback (thanks for that) and something occured to us. This is terrible, and I'm hurt we didn't think of this earlier, perhaps we could have saved him. We realized our 8 year old boy was helping his mom clean the kitchen floor that morning. He was spraying some kind of Clorox floor cleaner all around the floor trying to help her out. When we remembered this, it all became very clear what happened. He must have sprayed it in the dog food by accident, which sits on the kitchen floor. When I realized this, I was certain, that's exactly what killed him, it makes sense. It makes the situation that much sadder. Of course we can never let our son know this, it hurts too much already. The poor guy already cried his eyes out the morning he found out his buddy died. Life can be so tough sometimes, but we have to live and learn I guess. Our beautiful dog will be forever missed.

03-06-2007, 08:18 PM
I don't know. Clorox has a VERY strong smell. I think it would be doubtful that a dog woul deat food that had been sprayed with it. The smell would have driven him away I think.

03-07-2007, 09:29 AM
I had my doubts that a dog would eat food with bleach on it, too. Kerri makes a good point.

03-07-2007, 10:32 AM
yah i agree, i don't think the bleach is what did it. though bleach is certanly a toxin a little bit sprayed on his food, considering he would eat it, wouldnt have been enough to kill him like that--make him very very ill, yes, but not be deadly. he would had to have drank quite a bit of it to cause such a quick demise. now, i suppose inhaling would have been potentally dangerous but i assume you didnt have him locked up in the kitchen with no ventalation while you cleaned with an extremely strong mixture of the stuff. id still lean more towards the bushes you mentioned earlier.

The Strunk Family
04-19-2007, 04:23 AM
I am so sorry to hear what happened to your dog. About 3 years ago, my family went through a similar situation. Around 5pm one night our two year old Weim. started to drag his front foot and seemed not quite right. We took him to the 24 hour vet that was still open. Unfortunately, that vet diagnosed that he had a back injury - possibly from wrestling with our other dogs. He gave us anti-inflammatory meds and told us to have him rest for 24 hours. The next day I came home at lunch to check on him and he was in a full fledge seizure on the floor. I rushed him to our vet. They stopped the seizure, but he went into a coma. We took him to a local animal neurologist how tried to take him off the seizure medicine in hopes he would come out of the seizure. Each time he would begin to go into another seizure. After many tests and attempts to stabalize the dog, we decided to put him down. At first many of the vets who assessed him thought that he might have been poisoned some how. However, after the neurologist spent 2 days and nights with him, he felt that it may have been a neurological problem, possibly a tumor. We decided not to get a cat scan since we would have had to keep our dog alive for 5 more days and we just wanted him to go some place peaceful. I do not think the bleach was the cause. I know completely what it is like to not know what happened to your dog. So although poisining could have been the problem, it might have also been a neurological problem. I am so sorry! I know that this situation will stay with you forever. Alway wondering if you could have done something differently would it had made a difference. My husband and I have found that we would have to thoughts constantly in the beginning. Over time we question ourselves less. After three years we still have a hard time with the situation. Although we think about it less, when we do sit peacefully and think of our guy, all the initial emotions come to the surface. It was one of the hardest things to go through - to see a completely healthy dog just immediately get sick and be gone within 24 hours. I believe our two pups are together frolicking in the woods and happy! If there is anything we can do to help you through this time, please let us know. You are not alone!