Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Bay Area, California
Dogs Name: Flash (deceased), Jack (puppy)
Dogs Age: 14 (deceased) and (0)
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I am so sorry for your loss! You might want to google the story of "Red the Doberman". That story touched my heart. Found it after grieving my 14 old dober girl, Flash,who I lost to DCM this June (complicated with cancer) but the point is, Red the Doberman was so much like your story....the author thought Red had a "cold" the vet did the basics but not x-rays, etc, till two weeks later. Red was initially presented with heavy breathing. The author got x-rays done at that later two week visit, the vet still didnt get it, and sent him home with antibiotics or something to that effect, thinking the congestion was pneumonia. Well upon getting home and then going out to work, he gave the dog meds, then came home later to a warm but dead dog. Sure sounds like DCM to me. My dog went to the vet with slightly heavy breathing, had been treated for occult dcm for a couple yrs but also had had successful surgery for mammary cancer years earlier which can spread to the lymph nodes. We and the vet were under the impression this slightly heavy breathing was due to large lymph nodes but as her death a week later (dcm like) showed, it most likely was due to the dcm becoming active. We knew the end was coming but were totally shocked it came so fast. My girl was taking good length walks just a short time prior to any symptoms, and was even happy and herself much of the time, on the day she died.
DCM is very very scary and with Dobermans you can have little to no warning of a quickly approaching death. If the dog is older like mine it can all look like something else as well!
I think what one has to do in your situation, or mine, or with Reds in the article I mentioned, is at least it all went fast, and the dog didn't in each case go in and out of active failure, which is what can happen when on the meds in some cases. Once they go into active failure even if stabilized for a while, things get worse and worse, they still have a ton of bad days on the meds at that point. Countless people on here say that a quick death is preferable to watching a decline.
Again sorry to hear of your loss. Your beautiful dog will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Last edited by flash98; 01-10-2013 at 10:18 PM.