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How do you think my dog passed?

 How do you think my dog passed?

My dog was a English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, he was 8 years of age.
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It was a generally hot day, although it wasn't boiling hot. My Father took my dog out for a walk, (Zeus), they were gone for about a hour and a half until my Father came racing back. Zeus had been acting strangely, walking up against a brick wall at a park. My Father splashed water over him and cupped his hands so Zeus could drink. Zeus turned his head away and then collapsed. My Father then came home (around 15-20 minutes).

My Mother and Father were getting Zeus. they placed him on our front porch; and by that time the weather was cooling down. he started struggling breathing and started moving up and down. I just kissed him and told him how much I loved him before he passed.

Don't say that I was a murderer; it was too late for my family or myself to help him survive. he was in pain, I'm glad he didn't have to suffer for long.

He had a big type pimple on his side, which looked like a cyst. My Mother thought he had cancer; sorry I cannot get a picture of his cyst. could that have been cancer or a tumor?

My Father thought he had heart worm because he would ease up on walks and wouldn't be interested in other Dogs.

I personally think he suffered from a major stroke.

I just want justice for my baby boy, I miss him dearly and life is so hard without him. what do you think?

1. Heatstroke-aka a stroke relating to excessive heat and dehydration. Older dogs don't tolerate the heat as much as when they were younger. sounds like Zeus was trying to get into the shade by going close to the brickwall.I have a senior dog 10years+ and now she whines like mad during the heat. She hates it. I walk her early in the morning or very late in the evening as she doesn't tolerate heat anymore.She won't whine at 25degree celcius,

Watch out
There are a number of predisposing factors for heat stroke. some of the most significant are listed here:-
Heat
Humidity
Muscular activity
High body mass
Anxiety
poor ventilation
Dehydration
Obesity
Anti-histamines
Phenothiazines (some medications for vomiting)
Brachycephalic breeds (short-nosed breeds)
Increased age
http://www.agilitynet.com/health/heatstr…

2. Cancer
The first Dog Cancer Symptoms are urinating or defecation problems followed by bloody faeces, discharge of blood from the ears or while vomiting and abdominal swellings. These are accompanied by weight loss, lameness, chronic coughing and listlessness. some Dog Cancers particularly in the upper trachea or wind pipe and in the digestive tract has the dog struggling to breathe and swallow food or drink water. As he begins to drink less and less water and refuses to eat his condition deteriorates rapidly.
http://www.dogsymptoms.co.uk/dog_cancer_…

3.a benign tumor won't kill a dog
A benign tumor cannot be identified merely by its shape and has to be examined by a number of diagnostic tests. a biopsy or a sample of the tumor is obtained by performing a simple surgical procedure. This is then examined under a microscope. Benign tumors are normally enclosed in a capsule of fibrous tissue. The tumor is benign if the microscopic examination reveals a resemblance of the cells in the tumor with those of the surrounding organs. Malignant cells do not resemble the normal cells of an organ.

Another difference is that normal cells would show as being inactive while the cells in the tumor would show a greater percentage of cells in the dividing stage. Malignant tumor may sometimes appear similar to benign tumors and can only be differentiated by the presence of an unnatural count of chromosomes.http://www.petherbalinfo.com/general-pet…

4. Heartworm doesn't sound like lack of interest in other dogs.
What are some of the typical heartworm symptoms that owners might notice once they know what to look for?
Dr. Deirdre Chiaramonte, D.V.M.

Many dogs are asymptomatic, meaning they don't exhibit any outward signs of the disease. Thus regular testing is important for detection. with progression of the disease as the heart is taxed, common signs include:

* Coughing
* Bloody sputum
* Heavy breathing
* Difficulty exercising
* Fluid build-up in the abdomen
http://dogs.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Heartwor…

If it looked like a cyst, it probably was a cyst. Cysts and harmless fatty tumors are very common on dogs that age.

It sounds like a stroke to me, too.

How could you not know if the dog had heart worms or not? Surely you got annual exams? The vet should test for heartworms annually.

I am so sorry for your loss. From what you have described – it sounds like he may have had a heart attack from a undiagnosed heart ailment. The lump on his side could have been just a fatty tumor (dogs get these sometimes as they age – my Bluetick had one and it was nothing to worry about). you couldn't have known if he had no prior symptoms – with heartworm he should have had some kind of other symptoms. I do believe it was "natural causes" like a heart attack or an aneurysm (basically a clot that breaks loose and could have went to his lungs as he was having breathing issues), but unless an autopsy is done – you won't know for sure.

My thoughts are with you.

Aw im so Sorry To Hear That.:( Im not sure. Sounds like he overheated maybe?

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