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Old 08-20-2017, 10:29 AM
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Unknown cause of death, need insight

I just joined this forum for feedback from the community on my boxers mysterious death. She was only 1 year old. Also I hope to raise awareness that a vet can easily and carelessly misdiagnose and the guidance of a vet should not be blindly followed. Pheobe, our boxer was perfectly healthy and happy just 3 days ago. My girlfriend woke up to find Pheobe standing in the bathroom with her lower back hunched, tail tucked, and feet together. She wasn't moving and something was off about her behavior. I should point out that she has all her shots and we live in central Florida. We immediately took her to the vet, who did an x-ray and diagnosed an acute back injury. He perscribed prednisone(steroid), pepsid(for nausea) and valium(muscle relaxers). He also gave her a dose of dilaudid(hydromorphine). It was very difficult to feed her the pills, she had absolutely no appetite. I let them soften on her tongue, and gave her water to wash down. She would not eat but she was very very thirsty and would drink water until she spit it up. She also pooped the bed multiple times a night and was unable to stand. She did not pee one time during her sickness, even though she stayed very hydrated. I carried her outside and her stomach would lurch but eventually nothing more would come out. Last night, my girlfriend slept on the floor and I slept on the bed with Pheobe so I could help her if needed, Pheobe was restless and appeared to be unable to find a comfortable position. She rested her head on me and her eyes were locked on me whenever I opened mine. Also, it is important to note she scarcely slept throughout this entire period of her being sick. This morning my girlfriend noticed Pheobe not breathing, and as soon as I touched her I felt the rigor mortis. Can anyone help me to understand why this happened? There's no way a back injury caused this. Thank you.
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I'm so sorry about this. You are surely going through a painful time.

It could be an allergic reaction to the pills? That's all I can think about.
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I am so sorry for your loss! I know you must be devastated

There's really no way for us to know for sure, but the lack of urine may point to blocked kidneys or bladder. You would need to have a necropsy done on Pheobe in order to find out the exact cause of death.
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Question When did urine output stop?

did the vet do a blood panel including kidney values & liver enzymes?

When was the last time she pee'd?

Anytime a mammal does not PEE within a 3 to 6-hour period, despite opportunities to do so, i'd be concerned. // Obv, a dog who's confined in a crate won't want to void there, but an indoor dog offered the chance to pee generally does.

If she did not pee for 3 days, the toxins in her bloodstream would have shut-down major organs [liver, etc], & her body would fail.

ANTIFREEZE is a silent killer that destroys kidney function; there's a brief period when the dog or cat appears drunk, but that passes, & then there are no symptoms until severe injury has been done to the kidneys.
It's often fatal unless caught early.

Could she have drunk from a puddle?
did she go into a fenced yard that was not policed for potential hazards B4 she was turned loose in it? - malicious ppl have used antifreeze-laced dog kibble or meat to poison dogs in their own yards.

I would not blame the vet - if she did not improve within 12 to 20-hours, i'd have been right back at the vet's office, DURING business hours if at all possible.

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So sorry you lost your puppy. The only way to really know for sure, why she died, would be, as already mentioned, to have the Vet perform a necropsy. Its possible she had a bad reaction to some of the meds she was prescribed, but again, only a necropsy can tell you for sure.
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So sorry about your pup.

Vets can and do get it wrong, it's difficult to diagnose something that speaks a different language. If you ever feel anything off about a diagnosis in the future touch base with your vet or get a second opinion. When the painkillers didn't reduce the symptoms would have been a good time to call them. I'd agree that it had something to do with they kidneys as one of the main symptoms is intense back pain.

What you can do now is talk this over with your vet who will be able to give you better answers than the Internet can. Also there need to know if they made the wrong diagnosis as it will make them more careful with other diagnoses.
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Unhappy the one time a vet DID misdiagnose, it resulted in my dog's death

... many years ago, my 1st pup was 11-YO, i was caring for my father after a stroke; my mother LEFT ME SOLO to run the farm, feed / mind / tend / wash laundry / etc, for my sire, mow 3-acres of lawn, AND work 6 days of every week, 12-hr shifts, at a local restaurant; 11-am to 11-pm, Tues thru Sunday.

My healthy, active dog, who could swim an eighth of a mile at the local quarry, run, jump 6-ft without breaking stride, etc, suddenly developed weird symptoms: night fevers, an irregular heartbeat, & joint pain.

My vet said it was "rheumatoid arthritis", which made no sense as it came on with no gradual increase of pain; his pain level went from zero, to 8 out of 10 in a week.
If he went under an outbuilding on the farm, to lie in the cool dirt in darkness, I HAD TO CRAWL IN & drag him out bodily, under the spiders / wasps' nests, etc, 'cuz he'd stiffen up & be trapped there.

After 3 weeks of supplements that partly eased his pain, my mother returned from her MONTH-long vacation; the dog whined pathetically where he was tied at the back door, & i thot it was b/c she was home, & he wanted to greet her.
No - - he needed to pee, & could not stand up to do it. Poor fella. I put him down.

HE * HAD * Lyme Disease - my dog could have been & should have been saved, with a simple course of antibiotics. :Crying:
I never forgave my then-vet; he blew it. No excuses.

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I'm so sorry for your lose. Have you considered a necropsy to find what truly was wrong with Phoebe? This is truly the only way to find out what was truly wrong.
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