I'm so heartbroken! My precious Ginger lost her life so suddenly from a uterine infection, acute renal failure. She was just fine, playing with us one day and the next, critically ill! The vet worked with her until 3:00 a.m. but could not save her! There were no obvious early warning signs. Can someone please tell me how this happened and share any research on these abnormalties in shih-tzus? We loved her, love her still, forever will and miss her so!
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your precious dog...She's waiting at the rainbow bridge for you Ü Many people have no idea how detramental in can be to leave dogs (both male and female) "intact" (not spayed/neutered) You said your dog had a uterine infection, that would be called a pyometra. This is caused when the unterine lining isn't completely expelled with the estrus cycle, and or a incomplete pregnancy.This results in a serious uterine infection and many times the uterus cannot be saved. In this case, emergency surgery must be performed to remove the uterus (a overeohysterectomy or "spay") If left untreated such as the situation with your dog, it can lead to the death of the canine. As for the renal failure,(some what uncommon with pyos) that was most likely secondary to the uterine infection. A lack of eating, drinking and high temp from the infection would have caused everything to shut down. Hence the renal and or multiple organ failure. There are almost always obvious symptoms with pyos, such as a foul smelling discharge, lethargy, temp etc... Please do not blame yourself, I have seen many people (with pyo dogs)that have been unaware there was anything wrong, some dogs just are more stoic and don't present as obviously.... Hope I have helped to answer some of your questions. Take care and god bless Seairra CVT
Seairra, Thank you for your kind response! Ginger was too young to leave us so soon...only 4yrs.4mos.24days. We miss her so. Your informative reply was helpful; but Yes, I DO blame myself because I just thought she had a cold that she picked up from us and should have taken her in to the vet that morning instead of waiting. I hope this helps someone else save their precious pet! Thanks again, Seairra!
Autumn Purple Ash: THANK YOU for your kindness! PET OWNERS, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE/LIFE OF YOUR PET.......PLEASE SPAY/NEUTER EARLY BEFORE 1st HEAT CYCLE!!! Not doing this cost me my precious pet at 4 yrs. young......a beautiful, sweet gentle girl that deserved better. Ginger deserved to live a longer, fuller life than she had! Don't let this cruel sudden, unexpected (w/no obvious signs of illness) fatal disease happen to your pet!
Truly sorry for your loss. Could the illnesses possibly be unrelated? Did you ever feed her grapes or raisins???? Seems they are very bad for the kidneys. "Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. As little as a single serving of raisins can kill a dog" I lost my 16 year old westie to this......don't know if they were related but I used to give her grapes and put raisin in the bread I baked for her, to raise her iron levels.....the vet said it was OK. Then I heard about foods that are lethal to dogs.
Madison717: Thank you for your kind words! About the grapes....it was not related to Ginger's problem; but I WISH SOMEONE WOULD PUBLISH A LIST OF FOODS ON THIS SITE THAT DOGS ARE NOT SUPPOSE TO EAT! I had no idea about the grapes or chocolate.......I have also heard that feeding them ham can cause parasites......is this true? Labrador Retriever: Thanks so very much for your sincere codolences.....God Bless You, Too! The painful grieving is still very hard, and while no pet can ever replace Ginger.....she was so very special to us, we did get another little female that looks a lot like her, and we have a little male coming soon. This time, I want a litter of pups when the time is right so that I can at least have the offspring of her. I so regret not letting Ginger have one litter and then spaying her! I will forever blame myself for feeling like my delay in getting her to the vet cost us her precious life! Who could have known...one day she was playing, the very next day critically ill! But if I had spayed her much sooner, we would still have her! So I encourage all pet owners to watch for ANY abnormalties in heat cycles or overall health, and take your pet immediately to the vet if something isn't normal, right about your pets eating or behavior. Thanks to all of you for your kind words of comfort! For the Love of Ginger
I am so sorry for your loss. My little girl was only 5 when she died from a truck running over her. She was also a Shih Tzu. I have 4 Shih Tzu's and renal desease is a common genitic trate of the breed. I would not get another dog from that breeder. Ask her if her parent dogs have been tested for this. Again I am very sorry.
i am very sorry for your loss. time will heal the pain and you will make new memories with your new babies. seairra is very informative. i have seen pyrometria at our clinic, it is a very harsh infection. did your vet confirm that? i have a shih tzu also, he will be 10 next month. hes a little neurotic, but we do love him dearly. my first one was lost at 12 years old. i have always had my pets spayed/neutered at 6 months. i know so many love the little puppies, but after a litter, have them fixed, it is best for them in the long run. again, my sincere condolences to you and your family.
I am so sorry for the loss of your precious pet. I have a pregnant shih tzu and i would die if anything happened to her. I love her so much. I cant even imagine the pain you are in, my prayers are with you.