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Has anyone here experienced a loss of your dog unexpectedly? In my case drs said he had a fluke accident at home while we were out briefly. This was about four weeks ago. He was a shih tzu and full of
He was fine that morning and when my husband came home for lunch. I noticed he wobbled when he walked and didn’t greet me like he usually did, although that wasn’t unusual. He was resting on the couch but didn’t greet me with his usual excitement. After observing him a short while I noticed he was having trouble breathing. I immediately called the vet told them I thought it was an emergency and brought him in.after doing a chest X-ray they told me he had pneumothorax and go straight to ER. He died in my way there in my car. I cannot begin to tell anyone how traumatic his death was for me, especially when I witnessed it.
I am trying to cope with his sudden loss and how and why he died. He was only 8 years old and in fine health. He had his teeth cleaned a month prior with anethesia but came out of that ok.
Any advice or sharing of your stories will be helpful. My situation with my dog was unique but because I have had this situation and the accompanying PTSD symptoms along with that, any advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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I haven't had an experience like you had but I just wanted to say how sorry I am this happened.  I can't imagine how devastating this must have been for you.   It might help to get pet grief counseling.  Our local humane society has counselors available and the pet specialty hospitals have referrals for this type of help.  Just a thought.  I can see where the PTSD could happen.

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Hey Dog Lover,

I am so sorry for your huge loss. I haven’t heard of such a sudden and traumatic death. I am so sorry about what you went through.

Maybe he had a stroke or a series of strokes? I’m a high school guidance counselor who took geology in college to avoid biology class, so I’m by no means qualified. I suppose it could be a great number of issues.

I hope you are doing well today and I wish you a Merry Christmas.

Missing my little buddy, Hank (9-10-2009 to 12-7-19).

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Yes, I have.

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Hi Kat, Thank you for your kind words of support. He died from some sort of blunt trauma while I was out of the home. Drs said it was a fluke injury, one in which I will never know. He had a full run of our home and was rather a high strung dog but never in his 8 years did I have an issue with him being alone. We think he heard a sound outdoors and ran down the stairs to see what it was and most likely tripped and fell.
It makes me so sad that I didn’t see what happened because when I arrived home he didn’t display any injuries at first, just was sleeping.
That day will haunt me forever and I’m trying to get grief counseling to help me deal with everything.

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For some of us, the death of a pet is one of the saddest things we will ever experience in life. The road to healing will likely be long and difficult, so be prepared to endure and be patient.
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