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hello my dog coco dies yesterday she was only 8 onths old the

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hello my dog coco dies yesterday she was only 8 onths old the day before she didnt seem herself qouldnt eat or drink i even cooked her food sauasages etc but she wouldnt eat we tough she had a cold but come downstairs next day and she had died on kitchen floor and had blood coming from her mouth we also have a 2 year old dog he is perfectly fine we are so upset nd confused at what coud of happend she ws fully vaccinated ny suggestions would be great rthankyou
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is Dr. Kara and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. My condolences on your loss. I am sure that you are absolutely heartbroken.

Sudden death in a young dog is often due to contagious disease processes, an undiagnosed heart defect or another congenital abnormality, a toxin ingestion, or foreign body ingestion (like bones) that led to a gastrointestinal perforation and bleeding, or trauma.

Because she was fully vaccinated and your other pup is fine a contagious disease seems very unlikely.
Most congenital defects, other then some heart defects, cause the dog to show some sort of symptoms so because she seemed perfectly normal until a day before her death those seem unlikely.

I would be very suspicious of a toxin ingestion, specifically an anticoagulant rodenticide that caused internal bleeding, a foreign body that caused gastrointestinal perforation and bleeding, or an undiagnosed heart condition that led to sudden heart failure and bleeding into her lungs.

If you need a specific diagnosis I highly recommend asking your veterinarian to perform a necropsy (an autopsy for a dog) which may point toward a specific problem and give you the answers you need.
I know that you are very upset now, but it sounds like things happened quickly for her and she didn't suffer.

Please let me know if you have any further questions about what I have written.

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