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Possible Common Causes For Aussie's Death

by Robin
(Kentucky)

We rescued our Aussie, Border Collie mix when she was two.

Last night she died and we don't know why. She wasn't feeling well, was lying around. I called the vet but it was closed because it was Saturday. She had a few drops of watery stool. Then she acted like she was feeling a little better. We watched her lie down and not move while we had dinner. Went to check on her and she was dead...

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Aussie's Death
by: Nonnie

I am so sorry. It hurts so bad with we lose our furry kids. We lost our Aussie one week before she turned one year old. It was sudden and traumatic. We have no idea what actually happened.

I am so glad she had a loving family.

Loss of your pet
by: Debbie

I am so sorry for your loss...

So sad for your loss
by: Colin

Your dog was so lucky to have you as her human... just as you were lucky to have her as your baby dog. Blessings to you, your family and your baby dog. :)

Maggie's mysterious death
by: Robin

Hi everyone
Thank you for your caring words.This is the first time I have personally lost a pet. And Maggie was so awesome.She loved us completely.
We are so in love with Aussie's now.
"Maggie Mae Flower" will be missed forever.
I have cried so much. And when I think about her trusting me to help her.....well I just bawl.
She was my baby girl!

Nonnie, I am very sorry you had to lose your
baby so soon and suddenly. The not knowing what happened is what really gets to me too.

Well you have another Aussie to love!!!

One cause of death in dogs.
by: Anonymous

I am sorry to hear your story.
We ALMOST lost our current family friend Bronco due to our hobbies. Bronco and I have always been fishing partners. He keeps me company during those times when the fish are not biting (which can be a lot sometimes). Recently Bronco was ill, very ill. He didn't want to move, had little-to-none bowel movements, and refused to eat. We did everything we could before finally taking him to the vet. Bronco was on his last leg and the vet got the results... Salmon poisoning! Salmon poisoning is an overlooked, but common disease which only canines contract. 90% of dogs who contract it die. The most common cause is eating fish, from the Salmanoid species which include trout! So watch out what your dog eats when fishing! plant life in and around water can also hold the disease. Luckily if caught and treated Bronco, and other dogs, should build up a better immunity to it! and i'll be watching him a bit more :)

Aussie's Death
by: Nonnie

Hi Robin - I hope you will get an Aussie soon. She will help heal the hole in your heart.

Carly Jo went to bed at 9:00. We went to bed at 10:00. My husband got up at 11:00 and Carly had had diarrhea and it was bloody. He woke me up immediately. I had to literally pull her out of the kennel. I wrapped her in a towel and we rushed her to the emergency clinic.

When we first got there, they felt she was having a gastrointestinal hemorrhage. They were optimistic that they could help her. They took her to the back to get IV's started, etc. About 15 minutes went by and they had dropped the success rate from 50% to 20%. She was bleeding so fast and they could not stop it. They brought her into a room and we held her as they gave her the medicine that would put her to sleep. I can still remember how she felt and how the life just went out of her. She knew how much we loved her.

I cried for weeks, every day, most of the day. My husband had to go to work, but he felt the pain equally. We had decided that we would wait several months before getting another Aussie. There was never any doubt that we would get an Aussie, it was just the timing.

A few weeks later, I started looking for breeders in our area. Carly Jo was a black tri mini Aussie. I sent emails to at least ten different breeders in Texas. Only one person responded. She cried over my story and our loss. I told her how I just wanted a female black tri mini Aussie who looked just like Carly Jo. Of course, I knew that was not the best thing, but it was what I wanted. She invited us to come see her puppies - even if we decided not to get a puppy from her.

A few weeks later, we did just that. While there we picked out a beautiful blue-eyed, blue merle female mini Aussie. Three weeks later, we got her. Her name is Bailee Joy.

The week after Thanksgiving we got her half sister. A black tri female toy Aussie. Her name is Maggie Mae.

They are the joy of our lives, along with a nine year old 4.5 lb white teacup poodle!

I wish you the best in your search for another baby to love and fill the hole left by your baby. Please keep us posted!

love the name
by: Anonymous

so sorry for your loss. How old was she? I love the name. We lost our boy at age 5 to epilepsy, but maybe an autopsy for you would have answered your question. Still, it doesn't matter, I guess, except, if you do get another dog, it might be god to know if it was due to some kind of plant poison, or something.

We got ourselves another Aussie, a toy this time, hoping he and our daughter Chi would become become playmate/buddies.

Aussies are the best. We've had and have several different breeds of dogs, and we love them all, but the Aussies are just so sweet, fun and cute, and smart... anyway. I wish you the best. take care.

Loss of an Aussie
by: Cory

So sorry for your loss. We too lost our Aussie Bella, when she was 3. Words cannot describe how much we miss her. She was the best dog that I have ever had the chance to be around. Putting her down was the hardest thing that I have ever had to do. We miss her dearly.

Recently, her mom and dad had their final litter. So we got the pick of the litter. Bella was a black tri and She picked out my wife. This time Ozzie, a blue merle, picked me out. He was only 2 weeks old when we seen him and he climbed on my lap. I was sold on him. He is now 12 weeks old and growing strong...

My Skylar...
by: Meg

In 2002, my husband and I were just dating then; he decided to adopt another dog to keep his beautiful Keeshon dog named "Mather" company. I remember sitting at Borders after he adopted our second dog and trying to find a good name for her. We found "Sky" was the best, it sounded so wonderful, grand. Skylar was a tri colored Australian Shepard/Border Collie mix my husband rescued from the apl, she was so beautiful!!! We took her and Mather on so many trips, she went on every vacation with us. Recently we noticed she was slowing down but were not overly concerned, Saturday we went away for the day and when we came back she was in trouble, sitting down, breathing labored, so we got her into the car to the animal er, things happened so quickly, her breathing within a few minutes came to a stop. I tried breathing for her, was crying etc... and by the time we got to the er she was gone. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS, PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME I KEEP CRYING AND AM SO FRUSTRATED THAT I MAY HAVE MISSED SOMETHING. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET OVER THIS. You see, I have been underemployed and Sky would keep me company as I worked on the computer. It felt great having her near me. I loved her so much and don't know how I am going to get through this...

We lost our 2 1/2 yr old Border Collie today
by: Robin

Hi,
Our Annie died suddenly today after being sick since yesterday. The vet tried everything to save her but she was in complete kidney failure by the time I got her there and did emergency surgery to try to save her. The vet found a large portion of her colon was completely dead and she had blood clots present. She could not find the cause. I wish we knew what caused it. Heartbroken!

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