my healthy 8 yr old schnauzer just died...why?

His name was Tybo and I don't know why he died. Two days after his 8th birthday I called him to come eat but he didn't come and I found him laying next to the couch unable to move. I got him up on the couch and he was in much distress. He was breathing heavily and within minutes he was gone. Could someone have poisoned him? I miss him so much and have never been in so much pain.

NOTE FROM LINDA AND MAX: So sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Hopefully you will have many happy memories of Tybo and can at least console yourself with the thought that at least Tybo did not suffer.
I'm sorry we cannot offer any real insight as to why Tybo died so suddenly. It may be like with humans, some of them may have a heart problem but know nothing about it and then they are gone, even though they seemed so fit and healthy.
It sounds like Tybo was dearly loved and had eight happy years on this Earth, which is a lot more than many dogs.
Our condolences.

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Oct 29, 2015
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13.5 year old Schnauzer suddenly dies
by: Paul Dunbar

We also just had our little Tiffany die suddenly Oct 27-2015 at8;00PM
she layed down on the kitchen floor, had a bowel movement, breathed heavily through her mouth for 30 minutes as I comforted her and then just died
No warning, not sick, was very alert that day as per normal etc/We are in shock and have been crying our eyes out for 2 days

NOTE FROM LINDA AND MAX: So sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like Tiffany's end was pretty quick and painless, which is what all Schnauzers would wish for - and she lived to a good age.
Think of all the good times you had with her. Our thoughts are with you.

Sep 06, 2014
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Rainbow Bridge...
by: Michele ( Benji & Rebel )

So sorry to here you have lost Toby.. but the good thing is that he isn't in pain now and he is with many other schnauzers having lots of fun and good food.. I still miss my beloved Rebel1 and Ringo.. but I think of them being alive and with my beloved husband who is no longer with me either.. they are waiting for us to join them one day..
I have two more Schnauzers.. Rebel 2 who is 6 and 2 year old Benji.. also a wonderful Australian Silky, Rambo, who's 11 and thinks he is still a puppy.. !! please visit Rainbow Bridge where you'll see my story as well as others who have said good-bye to their wonderful Best Friends.. I'll not go on as I have a tear or two coming on..

Sep 03, 2014
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Our Toby
by: Anonymous

Our lovely mini schnauzer died August 28 around 10:00 am plus...no indication, although he was taking a medication for seizure since June but he looks healthy and the blood test was good...I miss him terribly

NOTE FROM LINDA AND MAX: So sorry to hear of your loss. At least it sounds like it was quick and Toby would not have suffered.

Jul 11, 2014
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Lost Sarg suddenly
by: Sarg's mom

We lost our little schnauzer very suddenly. My girls let him out yesterday to do his bathroom business. He never barked to come back in. I had a client that came in shortly after that and mentioned that he was out in the yard. It was cloudy and overcast, not really hot, he was hydrated so I was puzzled. He had not acted right all morning and by 3:30 he had passed. I was working (home business) so I had to go remove him from the yard. I was just very upset and miss him so much. I've never had a dog quite like him. He was so pleasant, calm and well mannered. He followed me everywhere and was always happy to see me. The one thing I did notice was that the day before he died, he had accidents everywhere (very unusual for him....) I really am lost without my boy! I'm sorry for all of you that have gone through this.

NOTE FROM LINDA AND MAX: So sorry to hear of your loss, and what a shock.
Unless you have an expensive autopsy you may never know how Sarg died. He may have had a heart attack or a stroke, or his kidneys may have failed or something entirely different. It sounds like he had a wonderful life with you and that he was happy right up to his last seconds on this earth.

Aug 25, 2013
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I had this happen about 6 years ago as well
by: Anonymous

My Alex was two weeks past his second birthday. Healthy as could be. We had just moved to Florida from Germany a week prior and he'd had an indepth physical exam for the move. He started breathing differently. It didn't seem quite like normal panting but was fast. He also just wanted to lie on the floor on his side and be left alone. We took him to the vet and they immediately began tests. He died within a few hours. The vet was so frustrated and perplexed that she asked for permission to do a necropsy free of charge. It turns out that he had a tumor in the base (atria end) of his heart. She said that while extremely rare, they do happen in mini schnauzers. They come out of nowhere and grow incredibly fast. So fast that the dog usually dies the day that symptoms begin. She also stressed that even if we had found the tumor prior to death that there is nothing that could be done about it. There aren't heart transplants for dogs and that is the only way that they could be fixed. I'm so sorry for your loss. Having been through what sounds like the exact same situation, I know the devastation and anger at having a young, healthy pet just drop dead with no warning. I hope you find a way to grieve this loss and understand that there is nothing you missed or could have done to prevent it.

Jun 22, 2013
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greiving
by: jeanette

i to recently had a 7year old girl whom i miss daily .she died so suddenly i could not get her to the vet . i miss her so much she was very affecionate.i want another pet but it is hard to think of replacing her.

NOTE FROM LINDA AND MAX:
So sorry to hear your news.

Dec 12, 2012
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RAINBOW BRIDGE...
by: Michele

I think Linda and Max could be right.. as your beautiful Baby could easily have had a heart problem.. and you will have known nothing.. he most likely didn't want you to know either.. Please go to the Rainbow Bridge forum as I've posted stories about my Rebel 1 and Ringo.. I lost Rebel 1 at 11 and he showed no sign of being poorly... when he did it was too late and 4 days later he was gone.. Ringo was 15, his passing was his age.. Don't leave it too long before you get another beautiful Schnauzer as he will fill your empty space.. You may not feel like it, but believe me it will help you in your grieving process.. to have another to cuddle and talk to..
My Sincerest Sympathy, and if you would like to keep in touch, my email is.. michele.lawrence@ymail.com I will email you the Rainbow Bridge poem too..

Dec 12, 2012
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Forgot to Say
by: SUE

I looked on the internet and joined a Schnauzer forum the people on there are so friendly and supportive check it out on Google put in Schnauzer Forum I dont know where you are based but its a UK site.

It is helping me a lot with my grieving process.

Love sue xx

Dec 12, 2012
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I am so sorry
by: Sue

I was so very sorry to read your post I can totally understand what you are going through as we lost our miniature schnazuer Ruby to cancer last week.

We are devestated and miss her terribly she was very special to us and brought us much joy she was just 7 years old.

We have another older schnauzer who misses her playmate too.

I do truly know how you are feeling and I am sending you a big hug.

Lots of Love
Sue x

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