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13 Jun 2013
Our great family dog, Haley, passed away suddenly this morning due to Bloating. I wish I knew what signs/symptoms to look out for. She was 100% yesterday around dinner time, and now she is gone. It's a total shock for myself, my wife and our two teenage boys. We're grief stricken as you can imagine. It doesn't seem real. It can't be real. We are of course having a really hard time digesting her loss. We were just cuddling her last night. Myself, well....I feel like I am responsible. As I mentioned, she passed away due to Gastric Bloating.

Last night I noticed her a bit listless after supper, panting heavily from time to time, but only a bit more than usual (she's a deep chested dog), she threw up a couple times (foam and a clear almost gelatin-like substance), but I thought she was just restless and maybe was getting a flu type sickness or had an upset stomach or maybe a bit stressed from her grooming appt earlier in the day (it was her first time, but the groomer said she was great). She also stopped and just stared from time to time, but again, I thought she was maybe getting a dog flu. Anyway, if I had known these symptoms were life threatening and not just from stress, or restlessness or wanting to go outside and pee or unable to sleep, I would have called the vet sooner and she might still be alive.

Saying goodbye to her this morning, watching my sons crying, ripped my heart out. I can't help feel that if I had known then what I know now.....she would have probably survived (although I don't know that for sure). I took her to the hospital when I noticed she was really bloated. I knew THAT wasn't normal. This is really hard for me to wrap my head around. I wish I could talk to the doctor and get his opinion on what happened and what her chances were and when the onset was....so I could maybe feel better or less guilty....I need to know. Unfortunately the doctor has gone home and won't be back for a couple days. I need to ease my guilt, my pain. I keep replaying this over and over again in my head, saying all the "what ifs?" and "why didn't I?" Things might have already been too far gone, but I had no way of knowing....and hearing it from a vet (one way or the other) would make me feel less like I stole the life of our dog from my sons and wife (and myself). Again, this just happened this morning...so it still really hurts.

Dealing with the grief is hard enough, adding guilt is torture.

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