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My beagle, Zelda, died very suddenly and unexpectedly in her sleep this morning. She was 5 years old. She was eating, playing and doing outside business normally yesterday. She is not unattended outside and is in a kennel at night. There is nothing that I have found that she could have eaten. She was curled up like she always does with the tip of her tongue sticking out (like normal) I couldn't find any bumps or trauma to her body. Her only real health problem is she gets ear infections but they are common with floppy ear dogs and she was being treated when they showed up and cleaned every day to prevent them. There was no vomit, feces or urine in her crate. No blood or saliva. She was a little overweight but not obese and she was lazy. I am just so upset and then to not know why on top of it makes it harder.

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I am so sorry for your loss.


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Oh, I am so very sorry. I know your pain and I feel your heart ache. I know it's heart breaking to suddenly lose your baby. Please find comfort in knowing that she didn't suffer. Now your journey begins. Hold tight to all the beautiful memories you made with your journey with Zelda. Grieve and cry all you need to. Please come here often, we are all here to help each other during some of the darkest times of our lives.
Love and doggie hugs
Termy's mom

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I have a special interest in healthy animals that die suddenly and without warning. I have researched the topic online to learn more.

When an otherwise healthy animal dies suddenly, there is an underlying cause that was not detected. Not that anyone was being negligent in not detecting it.  The underlying cause was not showing any symptoms of being there. But it was. 

Healthy animals don't "in that one second of their death" develop an illness just minutes before. They had an underlying problem that was not discernable because it was asymptomatic or without symptoms. The most common killer in these cases are cardiac problems that were in the making and had begun long before the day or night of the death.

I know this isn't much comfort but I get comfort from cold and hard information. So it may be something worth exploring some day long down the road when you are ready to and feel up to it.

I am so sorry for your devastating loss. My heart truly goes out to you.

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This is my very first post and I saw yours and was hope that you could possibly help.  On Wednesday, July 4th, 2018, my husband let my little Shih Tzu Ellie out and she immediately scratched to get back in.  He didn't let her in and the second a firework went off, she bolted.  We looked for her for hours and she was know where to be found.  I thought someone stole her, or maybe someone found her.  She was so scared and lonely and felt so unloved as she just kept running as each firework went off.  Why couldn't I find her?  She ended up somehow, on a major highway and was hit by a car and died.  My heart is so broken and my loss is so deep I actually don't know if I can keep going.  She was my very very best friend and I loved her more than words can say.  She would have been 13 in October and was so healthy and happy and so, so loved.  I have lost the love of my life and my very best friend and I do not know what to do without her in my life.  I miss her so much.  What do I do?

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Oh honey, I'm so sorry. It's really quite hard. Make a little memorial for her, keep her in your heart. It does get easier. You will always love her. When you feel a bit better, consider rescuing from a shelter. That way your little girl could save another life. Please don't blame yourself for what happened. It was not your fault. <3 I know that's easier said than done. I blame myself for not noticing anything wrong with Zelda. I keep watching the videos I took the day before she died looking for any clue.
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