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My 10 months old puppy died yesterday all of a sudden after a short walk. My wife took him out for a walk at 6 pm, that’s still a quite hot time of the day here in Dubai so we usually make sure his walk is not longer than 10 mins to avoid overheating. He had his walk and after getting back him started breathing very heavily, by the time I was back home (about 15 mins later) he was unconscious and his tongue was hanging and white. We ran to the vet but they couldn’t save him, it was too late. They managed to get his heart beat back for a few seconds with an Adrenaline injection but that wasn’t enough, during the few seconds his heart started beating again his body has let out some diarrhea and then he passed away.
I can’t come to terms with losing him, specially by not knowing what happened. We feel so guilty that it might be due to something wrong we did since he passed away so quickly. It seems like blood was sucked out of his little body, his tongue turned white, his paws turned white, even the small pinkish spots around his nose and face turned plain white.
If anyone here is a vet or has experience with something similar please let us know what happened? Did we do anything wrong? Is that a sign that he suffered before dying? Could we have saved him somehow?

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I am so sorry to hear about you puppy. Poor little guy. I’m not a veterinarian but I don’t believe you did anything wrong. It’s easy and natural to put blame on yourself and to have those feelings of quilt. I did that to myself when one of my babies passed away after a long battle. In your instance it is harder because of his oh so young age. I don’t think there was anything you could have done. His condition appeared to happen very quick and without warning. A quick search of the internet may suggest anemia or parasites that you had absolutely no idea may have existed. Those could be possible explanations, but I have no medical background in animal medicine to back that up. Just what I read and research.

The unexpected passing of your puppy is indeed a hard thing to go through. All of us have similar experiences and we come to this place for answers, to vent, and for comfort. There are no words that may seem to comfort you now, but just know we are here for you to listen and to support you. I hope and wish that time will help heal your pain and that you find peace and resolution. Peace to you and your wife.

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