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Why Did Our Healthy Puppy Die?

Updated on October 1, 2013

Annie!

The last picture I took of Annie
The last picture I took of Annie | Source

Annie arrived at our house at the end of November 2011 when she was eight weeks old. The kids were so excited. She was an early Christmas present from Santa. I couldn't believe how quickly she became a member of our family. I can’t believe how quickly she was gone.

When We First Got Annie

When We First Got Annie
When We First Got Annie | Source

Our Puppy Was Six Months

Annie has had all her visits to the vet. I was told she was healthy. Three days ago, Annie was spayed. At 4:30 this morning, I heard a strange noise from Annie’s cage. I went down to her kennel and she was not moving. I was beside myself. I couldn’t figure out if I try to give her CPR. I put her on her back and pushed on her chest. She was jerking a bit but not breathing. She was our puppy and just turned six months today.

I had the forms from her spay surgery still on the counter. I called the emergency line. They said that since she was not responding to anything, I needed to bring her in. I picked her up. She was like a rag doll.

Emergency Pet Hospital

It was about 4:45 am now. My husband was traveling for work. Do I get the five kids out of bed? I started the car and put a lifeless Annie in the passenger seat. This was not looking good. I ran upstairs and told the kids, “Guys. Something is wrong with Annie. Get on shoes. We need to take her to the hospital”.

Of course the kids were confused. We drove ten minutes to the Animal Hospital and parked in the emergency zone. I needed to unload the kids and Annie. I went inside and set her on the counter.

They looked at me grim.

They asked if wanted CPR performed. I still needed to get the kids out of the car. I said, “Probably not.” I think I knew that Annie was gone and I started to cry.

Our Puppy Was Gone

By the time I got the kids unloaded and into the Animal Hospital, I was being led to ‘the room’. This was a room with pictures of animals with plaques below. There was a couch, some fake plants and it was so supposed to be comforting. I was already in the bereavement room.

The vet came in. He said, “I don’t know what to tell you.” He said that without performing an autopsy, we would not know for sure what happened. I said that would not be necessary. It wasn’t going to change anything. Our puppy was gone.

I asked if they bring her back in for us to say our good byes. She looked asleep. She was wet. They had already given her a bath.

We said our good byes. I chose our ‘after life’ options. They said they would send me her paw prints in the mail in about a week. I swiped my debit card. I loaded up the kids. Annie was gone.

Annie
Annie | Source

We Will Miss Annie

I got home and I was so confused. She had just had surgery. Was that the cause? She had gotten sick once last night. Should I have not put her to bed? Should I have known she was not okay?

I put my older two kids on the bus. They asked me why Annie died. I said, “I am sorry, Dear. I have absolutely no idea.”

The kids asked if we can get a new Annie. We probably will. In the meantime, I will try to process why our six month old, healthy puppy died.

We miss you, Annie!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      I wrote another hub https://hubpages.com/animals/How-We-Overcame-Adver... which included the autopsy. Can you believe it came back...no cause of death? Crazy! Still waiting for the results of the tissue samples. Thanks for asking!

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      What did the biopsy say? It seems as though it had something to do with the surgery.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Peggy!

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      Peggy 5 years ago

      So sad. Beautifully written too. Thanks for sharing.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      I wrote this about 30 minutes after I got back from the Animal Hospital. I cried the whole time I wrote it! That day was horrible! Annie was awesome! :)

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      Dawn Ross 5 years ago

      So sudden and so sad. There are no words to take away the pain of the loss. :`(

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, MamaAng. The vet and breeder encouraged us to get an autopsy. We might end up with a little more 'closure' this way. Either way, you are correct, we need to remember how much we enjoyed her while she was here! Thanks again, MamaAng!

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      MamaAng 5 years ago from Washington state

      That would be so awful. Sometimes we never know what happened. That can be the hardest part of all. Be assured that you did nothing wrong. It doesn't sound like she really gave you any warning signs. Puppies vomit sometimes for various reason. Just vomiting once isn't necessarily cause for alarm. Please don't blame yourself. Wish I could give you a reason for her death, but unfortunately I can not. As an ER technican your story is like others I have seen. They are heartbreaking. Those are always the ones that make the hardened tech in me go in the back and cry. Just remember all the smiles and laughter you and your kids shared with little Annie.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, kashmir56! I hope you are healing from your loss as well!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sorry to hear you lost your beautiful puppy Annie and i know how you are feeling at this moment, i just lost my beautiful dog last month. I send my condolences to you and your family and hope your hearts are healed soon .

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, vivepresperando! We are realizing how much Annie was part of the family! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

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      viveresperando 5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      I am so sorry, pets do become family. My heart and prayers are with you and your family.

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      Jamie Bilow 5 years ago

      I am very sorry. I can't imagine. I will be happy to help anyway I can.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Dragonrain! Thanks also for the thoughts!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      It has been as surprising shock to the family! Thanks for the condolences!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Angela_michelle! We appreciate your thoughts!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      I am so sorry for your loss. :( It's hard losing a pet.

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      hecate-horus 5 years ago from Rowland Woods

      I would be devasted, especially so suddenly with no apparent reason. My condolences to you and your family!

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      Dragonrain 5 years ago

      Aww pretty Annie :( I'm so so sorry! I can't imagine loosing a puppy like that, and then having to explain it to all the children. My thoughts are with you.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Sinea! It is still registering a bit. I guess you can't predict how quickly a pet becomes a member of your family! thanks for reading.

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Losing a pet is so hard. Our dogs are all more like family to us...not just animals. Blondie, our yellow lab, died a few years ago and we took it very hard. Though we have wonderful dogs now, Lexi and Troy, I still miss her. My heart goes out to you and your family for your loss.

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