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PETSWhy Do My Dogs Keep Dying? 3 Common Reason For Dog Death!

September 4, 2021by aremukareem0
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We all know, at a point in life all living things must die. But sudden death in living things deserves a reason or cause of death. Why do my dogs keep dying? I guess that must have been a disturbing question within You but today it will be answered.

Most Pet Owner experience the loss of their companion occasionally and eventually getting a new companion while some pet owners might even be afraid of getting a new companion in other to avoid loss.

I was once in such shoes in a lifetime, where I taught I had bad luck training/owning a pet(dog). But guess what, every sudden death must have been from an accident, illness, unknown injuries, infections, or even poison/toxic substance. Yes, don’t panic because I will list out the three most common causes of sudden death in dogs.

Bones

Yes, Bones cause sudden death which may look surprising. (if you normally give your dog bones before his/her death, this might be the cause). Bones are not meant to be fed to dogs a lot, even not at all.

If you have ever noticed in a documentary or reality ” a wolf don’t swallow bones into their body system” they are smart enough to know the consequences. But we humans train our dogs by ourselves so we can’t expect them to know bone isn’t good for their system.

These bones are not easily digested in the dog’s stomach, they ain’t like a human with concentrated acid in the stomach, which digests bones and strong substances. Bones get stuck in the dog’s lungs regions and abdomen causing bloating and continuous vomiting.

Symtoms

  • Vomiting( anything she eats gets vomitted instantly)
  • Diarrhea
  • bloating(swollen abdomen)
  • Drinks only water

Please beware of bones and feed meat or fish or other treats.

#say no to dog bone.

If you are giving your dog a bone, make sure it’s 5x bigger than her mouth.

Sudden (Acute) Liver Failure


• Sudden (acute) damage to the liver tissue that is so severe that
the liver is unable to function properly and meet the needs of
the body
• Sudden (acute) loss of more than 75% of functional liver tissue;
occurs primarily because of sudden (acute), massive death of
liver tissue (known as “hepatic necrosis”), which has a
catastrophic effect on multiple organs in a previously healthy
pet; may rapidly lead to death

The liver is the largest gland in the body; it has many functions,
including production of bile (a fluid substance involved in
digestion of fats); production of albumin (a protein in the
the plasma of the blood); and detoxification of drugs and other
chemicals (such as ammonia) in the body


SIGNALMENT/DESCRIPTION OF PET


Species
• Dogs
• Cats
• More common in dogs than in cats
Breed Predilections
• Breeds that appear to have increased likelihood of having long-term inflammation of the liver (known as
“chronic hepatitis”) as compared to other breeds may have a higher risk of sudden (acute) liver failure.


SIGNS/OBSERVED CHANGES IN THE PET


• Sudden (acute) onset
• Sluggishness (lethargy)
• Decreased appetite (known as “inappetence”)
• Vomiting
• Small intestinal diarrhea—may be bloody
• Increased thirst (known as “polydipsia”) and increased urination (known as “polyuria”)
• Enlargement of the liver (known as “hepatomegaly”), with the tenderness of the liver on feeling the abdomen
• Bleeding tendencies
• Yellowish discoloration to the gums and other tissues of the body (known as “jaundice” or “icterus”)
• Brain disorder caused by the accumulation of ammonia in the system due to the inability of the liver to rid the body of ammonia (known as “hepatic encephalopathy”)
• Seizures


CAUSES



• Many drugs have been reported to cause sudden (acute) liver failure (such as azole antifungal drugs, azathioprine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs], acetaminophen, diazepam [cats], steroids,
methimazole [cats], phenobarbital [dogs], sulfa drugs [dogs], and tetracycline)
• Any drug may be associated with sudden (acute) liver failure
Biological Toxins
• Amanita mushrooms, aflatoxins, blue-green algae
Toxins
• Heavy metals (such as lead, zinc, copper)
• Phenols (especially cats)
Infectious Agents and Bacterial Toxins (Known as “Endotoxins”)
• Intestinal bacteria—Clostridium perfringens; Clostridium difficile; gram-negative bacteria
• Food poisoning—Staphylococcus; E. coli; Salmonella
Thermal Injury
• Heatstroke
• Whole-body increased body temperature (known as “hyperthermia”) treatments for cancer
Low Levels of Oxygen in the Liver (Known as “Hepatic Hypoxia”)
• Blood clots (known as “thromboembolic disease”)
• Shock
• Blood-clotting disorder (known as “disseminated intravascular coagulopathy” or DIC)
• Sudden (acute) circulatory failure, from any cause
Other
• Xylitol—artificial sweetener found in a variety of products (such as candy and gum); ingestion by dogs can lead to sudden (acute) liver failure


RISK FACTORS


• Administration of any potentially liver-toxic substance or drug
• Exposure to environmental toxins (such as Amanita mushroom, food-borne aflatoxins, blue-green algae)
• Ingestion of products (such as candy and gum) containing xylitol by dogs
• Indiscriminate ingestion of substances that are potentially liver toxic Treatment


HEALTH CARE


• Inpatient—intensive care required
• Control bleeding/clotting disorders with vitamin K1, fresh frozen plasma, or fresh whole blood
• Fluids
• Colloid replacement—colloids are fluids that contain larger molecules that stay within the circulating blood to help maintain circulating blood volume; plasma is preferred; hetastarch next best alternative
• Potassium, phosphate, and glucose—supplement as necessary; may decrease the severity of signs of hepatic encephalopathy (a brain disorder caused by the accumulation of ammonia in the system due to the inability of the liver to rid the body of ammonia)
• Supplement oxygen, as needed
• If the suspect fluid in the brain (known as “cerebral edema”), elevate the head


ACTIVITY


• Restricted activity promotes healing and regeneration of the liver
DIET
• Vomiting—withhold food and water by mouth (so-called NPO) until controlled; use medications to control
vomiting (known as “antiemetics”)
• Nutrition via the gastrointestinal tract (as with a feeding tube)—small volume, frequent meals to optimize
digestion and absorption of nutrients and to minimize the formation of intestinal toxins that may contribute to hepatic encephalopathy (a brain disorder caused by the accumulation of ammonia in the system due to the inability of the liver to rid the body of ammonia)
• Nutrition through an intravenous route (known as “parenteral nutrition”)—may be used as a partial means of providing nutrition (recommended for short-term lack of appetite) to minimize breakdown of muscle (catabolism) or as a total means of providing nutrition (known as “total parenteral nutrition” or TPN), which is recommended if the pet has a lack of appetite of more than 5 days and providing nutrition via the gastrointestinal tract is not possible
• Diet composition—use normal protein (nitrogen) content, if the pet is tolerant; moderate protein restriction in pets with hepatic encephalopathy; strive to maintain a positive nitrogen balance that is essential for liver regeneration
• Supplemental vitamins are essential—water-soluble vitamins (vitamin B complex, vitamin C); vitamin K1; vitamin E
• Probiotic/prebiotic yogurt—may protect the movement of intestinal bacteria into the body
(known as “enteric bacterial translocation”); also provides tolerated dairy protein source in dogs with hepatic encephalopathy (a brain disorder caused by the accumulation of ammonia in the system due to the inability of the liver to rid the body of ammonia)

Parvovirus

Parvovirus (also known as Parvo) is a serious, highly contagious viral infection of dogs that causes vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Parvovirus is transmitted through contact with the stool of an infected dog or contaminated environment. Puppies are most susceptible to parvo infection and fatalities are extremely common.

Very often, young puppies die suddenly from heart failure. This sudden death occurs before any gastrointestinal symptoms of parvovirus appear. More often, however, dogs develop a pronounced fever, become extremely depressed, and vomit. Bloody diarrhea is the most common symptom of parvovirus infection. Dogs become dehydrated, anemic (as a result of blood loss), and die quickly. Other gastrointestinal diseases may mimic parvovirus, however, most are not as severe.

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