|Barked: Thu Oct 2, '08 5:34pm PST |
|Back in August (two days before she turned 3) Cheyenne got very very sick and died.
Saturday night, around midnight, she was hanging out in the garage with us, being her normal self. She ate normal, drank normal, and everything was just as it had been her whole life. The next morning around 8 she was laying on our back porch, labored breathing, bleeding out of both ends, throwing up blood, her eyes were glazed over, and she would not move or respond to anything.
My husband had raised heelers on his ranch and had never seen a dog like that before. We both knew when we looked at her that she was a gonner.
I took her into the ER and the vet told me it was parvo and that she could run some tests and so on and that she might be able to save her it would cost whatever and she would maybe have a 20% chance of living. I looked at Cheyenne and knew she was already gone, and I didn't want to keep her alive while they ran a few tests. So I decided to end her suffering.
Everyone who I've told this to thought it was odd that the vet diagnosed it immediately as parvo. Cheyenne had all her shots, no other dog around us was or had been sick, the dogs that lived here before us were both fine (I asked the landlord and our neighboors). I have a fenced in back yard in a quiet residential area, and Cheyenne doesn't come into contact with other dogs (or she'd eat them). Most of the people I talked to said it sounded like poison.
I couldn't figure out how Cheyenne got a hold of poison and Ruger did not. I did several combs of the back yard and found nothing. Then someone asked me if we had any rodents around our house.
A few days before Cheyenne died I was out in the garage doing laundry and my two year old daughter started screaming. I looked up to see a huge rat running towards her. Cheyenne came flying out and chased it away from our daughter.
What we think happened is the rat somehow got in our back yard and Cheyenne got a hold of it and ate it. It had already been poisoned but had not yet died from it. Cheyenne was food aggressive towards Ruger so she probably didn't let him have any.
What do you think? I've never heard of Parvo coming on sooo quickly, with absolutely no signs, especially when she's had all her shots. Plus Ruger never got sick.
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