Sudden Puppy Death

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-26-2008
Sudden Puppy Death
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 9:57am

We decided back in march to get 2 lab pups.

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 12:49pm

My deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved ^Glacier^.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-26-2008
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 1:03pm

Thank you.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-11-2010
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 9:50pm

I'm so sorry... I have to agree that the constant drinking isn't a 'lab thing'.

It possibly could have been diabetes too...

A grieving pet is difficult... our 2 dogs are going through it right now.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-16-2002
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 7:43pm

I'm so sorry for your loss and the tragic way in which you lost Glacier, with no warning. It could have been any number of things, but congenital heart problems or neurological issues seem like a strong possibility. He was still young and may have just gotten to the point where he had grown large enough that it caught up with him. But I am very glad that Willow and Harley have each other and that you have both of them. Together you can help each other through this and, along with Glacier's memory, you have the two of them to love and cherish.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
Thu, 09-29-2011 - 1:45pm

I am so very sorry for your loss.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-31-2000
Sun, 10-02-2011 - 3:27pm

I just lost one of my dogs very suddenly too. She had liver failure of an unknown cause. Routine blood work taken less than a yr ago showed no signs of liver disease, but one of her most recent symptoms that went unnoticed was excessive thirst, which can be a sign of liver disease or hepatic encephalopathy. I read that some breeds are prone to having issues with copper that's found in dog food because their body stores it and it builds up in their system and they can't get rid of it. Different sites list different breeds, but labs were on one list that I saw as well as standard poodles and mine was a mini poodle. I never heard of it til now. I think there is a blood test that you can get to see if your other dogs may be prone to this. From what I've read, it mostly affects puppies and dogs that are middle aged, like mine was. Not sure if this could be it or not, but my dog was fine one day then near dead the next for unknown reasons. My other dog is ok, so we are still scratching our heads over it along with the vets. So sorry about the loss of

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-27-2000
Wed, 10-05-2011 - 10:05am
That's so sad. He probably was not perfectly healthy, something must have been wrong to die suddenly, it's hard to not know the reason, I'm sure. One of ours drank like mad and was found to have pancreatitis, which can be deadly and show few symptoms. So many things could have happened...the others really do grieve, having two left might help both of the others feel better faster - they have each other. If they've been together a long time I think they have a harder time adjusting, about all you can do is give them tons of extra attention and play with them a lot.