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Sudden Death

Posted by:  Rick Dinicola
Category:   Medical
Posted on:  August 19, 2001 at 14:41:57

Question:

This is a very sad day for us. Last night, our Jack Russel Terrier, Kibo, died suddenly. He was playing in the back yard and for an hour or so engaging in his favorite activity of attacking the water stream from our sprinklers. He seemed fine, we dried him off and he was walking around for a while. Then he seemed a little off so we took him in a blanket to keep him warm. A few minutes later his breath began to quicken and he was rasping a bit. When placed on the ground, he could not walk, wabbling and then falling into our arms. We took him to the emergency vet immediately, but he simply degenerated. The put him on life suport, but the vet seemed to think he was already brain dead. After a while we took him off support and he died a few minutes later.

Kibo was a four year old, perfectly healthy, purebred Jack Russell with no history of health problems. He lived with with anywhere from 2 to 6 dogs depending on where all the family dogs were at the time.

All of this happened in about an hour and a half, from when he seemed fine to when we had to put him on life support. The Vet said it was probably a siezure or an anurism, but she really seemed to be grasping at straws. I am wondering if anyone has ever experienced anything like this. We are not only heartbroken in that Kibo was nothing if not an extremely energetic and healthy dog, but we are also confused as to how something so sudden and so severe could have happened. Any feedback you could give me would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Rick Dinicola