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midget gem
2nd July 2011, 11:12 AM
Hi everyone my name is Julie from the UK.
On Sunday 26th June i had what appeared to be a happy and healthy 3 year old Cavalier called Jenny, who we had from 12 weeks old. In the afternoon she was in the lounge and she yelped, we went to see if she was ok and apart from limping everything seemed to be ok, we thought she might have been playing and stumbled. 2 hours later she started to be sick, we thought she had eaten her food to quickly as she was very greedy.
The rest of the evening she was ok apart from limping.
Monday morning she was still limping but went out for a wee and was eager for her biscuits as usual. I did the school run, went to get some shopping etc and was gone till lunchtime, when i got home Jenny was laid in her bed unable to move, she was wet under herself where she had had a wee. Apart from wagging her tail she couldn't move.
I drove her to the vets and carried her in, her front paw was moving all the time like she was hitting something. The vet checked her and said she would like to keep her in for blood tests etc. The vet asked me to ring back the following morning at 10am. The next morning the vet rang to tell me that Jenny had died during the night. The vet thinks it was somethingneurological I am so devastated, she was such a fantastic, loving dog and she showed no signs of ill health for the 3 years we had her. She is my 3rd cavalier, the other 2 died both aged 12 with heart failure. I thought I knew so much about cavaliers and their health but nothing could have prepared me for the sudden death of Jenny.
I was wondering if this sudden death in such a young dog has happened to anyone elses cavalier.

Julie xxx

Karlin
2nd July 2011, 12:17 PM
I am so sorry for your loss.

I think the only way to tell what happened would be to have an autopsy done. Cavaliers do have a high incidence of the neurological condition syringomyelia (over half will eventually have it, but not all are symptomatic). There are some other problems too -- episodic falling syndrome, a high rate of epilepsy and so on.

But most dogs would be symptomatic for a long time and would not just suddenly die of their own accord from something like this. I would wonder whether she could have ingested a poison of some sort, or had a brain haemorrhage or something along those lines? Were any tests performed to rule out something like sudden liver or kidney failure?

It is a very sad occurrence; and it must be frustrating not to understand the actual reason.

My sympathies. :flwr:

Love my Cavaliers
2nd July 2011, 02:42 PM
I'm so sorry you lost Jenny under such sudden and unprepared circumstances. Everyone is heartbroken when their dog dies, but you got hit with a double whammy since you had no idea this was coming and she was so young. I'm so sorry.

sunshinekisses
2nd July 2011, 03:18 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. Death of a young healthy dog is very hard. My first cavalier, Sunshine, suddenly passed away at age 3 as well. I had just finished playing water tag with the small dogs and left them in the yard to pick up my kids from school. When I came home I found her in a shady spot in the yard, where I thought she was asleep. (She sometimes was a sound sleeper and I would think it fun to sneek up on her). Well when I got closer, her eyes were open and I realised she was dead. I did take her up right away to the vet for a necrospy. We did not do any tissue samples as my vet is small and I would have had to let the body go-this I could not do as I was not prepared to lose her so suddenly. Anyway, the necrospy was inconclusive and the vet suggested it was heart attack or stroke.

Where your dog was sick for a couple days before her death, I wonder too what caused her downhill climb in that little amount of time. I am sorry as I have no idea what might be the cause. As Karlin suggests a necrospy will give you some answers. I wish now that I would have done tissue samples, as I still wonder about my girl.

GraciesMom
2nd July 2011, 03:20 PM
I hope you get some answers. This is very sudden and does sound like something unusual. Agree that brain hemorrhage or poison might be potential factors. I hate that this happened to you and your sweet Cav.

Tania
2nd July 2011, 03:43 PM
What a terrible shock and a sad loss, my heart goes out to you. :hug:

cavluvver
2nd July 2011, 05:46 PM
You must be devastated. No one can know the love we have for our dogs if you're not a dog owner, but we do and we are all, I'm sure, thinking about you at this sad time. All our hearts and love go out to you.

Furrfoot
2nd July 2011, 07:06 PM
I am so, so sorry.

Another thing it could have been was a blood clot caused by something(?). They can cause limping (if it starts in a leg- had one myself, thankfully small and on the surface), then travel and cause paralysis (had 2 cats have this happen, one recovered spontaneously, which happens very rarely, the other didn't make it), and ultimately travel to the lungs/heart.

Whatever it was, with the symptoms you described, I'm not sure most people, myself included, would have thought it was such a serious issue either (((hugs))).

gamefanz
2nd July 2011, 07:22 PM
I'm so very sorry for your loss:hug: My thoughts are with you and your family:hug:
Becky

goda
2nd July 2011, 07:36 PM
Hi everyone my name is Julie from the UK.
On Sunday 26th June i had what appeared to be a happy and healthy 3 year old Cavalier called Jenny, who we had from 12 weeks old. In the afternoon she was in the lounge and she yelped, we went to see if she was ok and apart from limping everything seemed to be ok, we thought she might have been playing and stumbled. 2 hours later she started to be sick, we thought she had eaten her food to quickly as she was very greedy.
The rest of the evening she was ok apart from limping.
Monday morning she was still limping but went out for a wee and was eager for her biscuits as usual. I did the school run, went to get some shopping etc and was gone till lunchtime, when i got home Jenny was laid in her bed unable to move, she was wet under herself where she had had a wee. Apart from wagging her tail she couldn't move.
I drove her to the vets and carried her in, her front paw was moving all the time like she was hitting something. The vet checked her and said she would like to keep her in for blood tests etc. The vet asked me to ring back the following morning at 10am. The next morning the vet rang to tell me that Jenny had died during the night. The vet thinks it was somethingneurological I am so devastated, she was such a fantastic, loving dog and she showed no signs of ill health for the 3 years we had her. She is my 3rd cavalier, the other 2 died both aged 12 with heart failure. I thought I knew so much about cavaliers and their health but nothing could have prepared me for the sudden death of Jenny.
I was wondering if this sudden death in such a young dog has happened to anyone elses cavalier.

Julie xxx

So sorry to read about your loss. This sounds like a brain hemorrhage of some kind. Was the vet able to tell you the cause of death at all?

Erin2854
2nd July 2011, 08:46 PM
Omg..that is just beyond heartbreaking. I'm sorry that I do not have answers for you, although there are many good suggestions from more experienced members on the board. My heart goes out to you, you must be so devastated. It really brought tears to my eyes when you said that she "couldn't move apart from her tail wagging" ...that really show's what amazingly loving spirits these cavaliers have. No matter what is going on with them, once their beloved owners are near, all is well in their world. I can't imagine my life without my cavalier girl. I'm so sad for you...I can definitely recommend that you visit the board often during this time of grief, as all the members here are a wonderful support system. :hug:

Nicki
2nd July 2011, 09:04 PM
This is just tragic, so sorry Julie :(

Sadly sometimes these things happen, and we never find out what's happened - which is very hard in itself.

It's a dreadful shock to lose a Cavalier so suddenly.

You are in our thoughts

Jasper and Holly
2nd July 2011, 09:59 PM
Julie, How very sad it would be heartbreaking to deal with something so tragic. My heart goes out to you and I hope you find out why she died so sudden.

meljoy
3rd July 2011, 05:45 PM
This is so sad and Im sorry to read of your loss:(
I hope you get some answers and that may some how give you a little peace.

matties mum
3rd July 2011, 06:58 PM
I am so very sorry to hear your sad news
---Aileen

Blueroses
3rd July 2011, 07:37 PM
Oh....:( I am so very sorry .... I cannot say more

Charlifarley
3rd July 2011, 07:58 PM
I am so sorry for your loss and I hope you will be able to get some answers as to what happened and why. :flwr:

Karlin
3rd July 2011, 08:21 PM
We did not do any tissue samples as my vet is small and I would have had to let the body go-this I could not do as I was not prepared to lose her so suddenly. Anyway, the necrospy was inconclusive and the vet suggested it was heart attack or stroke.

One thing that now comes to mind with Sunshine and Jenny is that there is a heart condition -- Nicki knows more -- that can affect cavaliers and cause a sudden 'blow out' of the heart valve, typically around age 3-4, with no advance warning. A dog that had just come into my rescue died of this about three years ago -- he and another came in from a breeder who was rehoming some dogs. He basically was in the vets at the time and his heart just failed -- very unusual for a young dog like this. Nicki and a breeder friend were aware of this issue in the past with some cavaliers. It isn't common and there's really nothing that can be done about it -- the valve just goes when they get around that age.

That condition might account for the tragic, sudden deaths both of you experienced with your cavaliers.

robbieswan
3rd July 2011, 08:36 PM
I am so sorry for your loss :-(

Teresa
3rd July 2011, 09:39 PM
So sorry to read this story....totally heartbreaking. Sending you love....xxxx

mommytoClaire
3rd July 2011, 10:30 PM
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Too lose a beloved friend so quickly, must be devastating. I will hold you close in thought and prayer.

Sabby
3rd July 2011, 11:31 PM
I am so sorry. To loose your dog so young. I hope you get some answers from your vet.
Sending lots of :hug:

Cathy T
4th July 2011, 12:43 AM
I am so sorry for you loss. To lose such a young dog so suddenly is almost impossible to accept. I can't imagine what happened to her. Please know that we are all feeling your pain and loss not to mention your sense of confusion as to what has happened.

Desrae
4th July 2011, 10:37 AM
I am so sorry for your losing Jenny like this, it is very heart-wrenching! As others have said, I hope you can get some answers, but try not to let it bother you if you cannot get them, as you did all you could and these things happen sometimes... we are here for you if you want to talk anyway.:hug:

Rubysmum
4th July 2011, 12:52 PM
i am so sorry :hug: no advice just hope you find some reason for such a loss . R.I.P JENNY

Jasperxxgabby
4th July 2011, 01:00 PM
I am truly sorry for you loss, heartbreaking :flwr:

Petra
4th July 2011, 05:08 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss :cry*ing:

team bella
4th July 2011, 10:46 PM
Heartbreaking.. so sorry :hug:

Sandrac
5th July 2011, 03:41 PM
So sorry - what an awful shock for you. :hug:

susandavis1
5th July 2011, 04:55 PM
I'm sorry for your loss. :hug:Run free sweet Jenny