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Old 12-06-2016, 02:36 PM
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Hello, I'm looking for answers for what may have happened.

My clumber spaniel was 11 and pretty sick from tumour. In the past 3 or so days he wanted to stay outside on the yard, even sleep there in the 20F cold nights. Normally he loved being inside, but no more, it seemed. Then he stopped communicating both with me and my other dog, a bobtail who was his best friend. So all he did was sitting outside, wheezing loudly, occasionally howling as if in pain. He stopped eating, even treats, and hardly drank any water.
I finally decided to bring him inside earlier today. He just looked so miserable out there, and I was sure he is cold since it's winter already.
I picked him up (he weighed 66 pounds or so) and carried him into the house. He really didn't feel like coming back to the house, and he struggled a bit. And then, while still in my arms, he went into a spasm, his legs stiffened and he let out one final howl. I put him down the carpet, he peed and his head went into a final brief seizure. Then he passed......
What I would like to know is about the timing: him being picked up and carried back in the house, perhaps against his will. Could this actually accelerate his dying so that he died in my arms on the way inside?

I'm sorry if this is semi-coherent, I'm still in shock. Thank you for any replies.
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Old 12-06-2016, 02:44 PM
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Sounds like it was his time to go. I don't think picking a dog up could cause that.

I'm sorry for your loss
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Old 12-06-2016, 03:10 PM
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No, I doubt you accelerated his death

A very similar thing happened to me and Shadow, my elderly terrier. I knew he was dying from not eating, had taken him to the vet a week prior to his death, and was given medicine to try to get him eating, it didn't work and I called the vet on Friday to ask if I should bring him in of if it would be alright to let him pass on his own. I was told that he shouldn't be in any pain if he passed on his own so I didn't bring him in, foolish me though he'd pass away peacefully at home, fall asleep and just not wake up.

Between Friday and Sunday when he passed away he didn't eat, drank only a little, had diarrhea, once in a while threw up bile, and would occasionally howl like I'd never heard him howl before, he also didn't respond to me at all. Sunday morning I carried him outside thinking he might need to potty, he just stood there, so I picked him back up to bring him inside, he threw back his head, let out one more howl, went stiff, then collapsed. He was gone before I could get him back inside.

I'm so sorry that you had to experience something so similar. I know that even if you know they aren't going to last much longer, it horribly shocking when they go in such a way.
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would occasionally howl like I'd never heard him howl before, he also didn't respond to me at all.
THANK YOU for the entire comment. It gives me strength in knowing that similar in-your-arms deaths do happen, that owners experience and eventually get over similar stuff. The above quote from you is especially helpful because we had the exact same happening with Francis, my spaniel in the post.
I am also sorry for your loss of Shadow.
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THANK YOU for the entire comment. It gives me strength in knowing that similar in-your-arms deaths do happen, that owners experience and eventually get over similar stuff. The above quote from you is especially helpful because we had the exact same happening with Francis, my spaniel in the post.
I am also sorry for your loss of Shadow.


I truly find it lovely that he actually died in your arms. Loving interaction a death time is what we all need.


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I hope you find some comfort in knowing that you were with him when he passed on to his next journey. Sending love and light your way.
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I am so sorry for your loss. I hope he felt comfort in your arms.
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This is so sad. I am so sorry. I am wondering though what the howl is about? That would freak me out. I'm glad I read this though just in case. We have a 12 year old shepherd-mix that has seizures. So information like this is very helpful.
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This is so sad. I am so sorry. I am wondering though what the howl is about? That would freak me out. I'm glad I read this though just in case. We have a 12 year old shepherd-mix that has seizures. So information like this is very helpful.
No matter how much I've searched I cannot find any legitimate studies, or articles, on why the howl happens, just a lot of people saying that their dog had howled before death.

I can tell you it's not a normal howl, and that with Shadow he was not acting like he was in pain either before or after howling, in the day or two before his death.
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