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August 3rd, 2009, 12:48 PM
I've had an emotional weekend and I really need some clarification/advise. Friday passed, my dog who is 9 yrs old, passed away. Last Wednesday she seemed to be sick, sometimes vomiting and other times she seemed to be fine. Friday we decided to take her to the vet just as a precaution because we were heading out of town and wanted to make sure everything was fine. Well, we were told she had severe pancreatitis and had to be hooked up to an IV...we were told she was going to be fine.

Well, after about an hour, she got a phone call to come back down to the vet at which time we were told she had a heart attack and had passed. I just don't understand??? Abby was a perfectly healthy dog, she was only 9 yrs old, she was not obese, she was very active...we just don't understand.

My question is this, is there a connection between pancreatitis and heart attack's? Could the pancreatitis have caused this to happen? Is it possible for her to have had a blockage? I'm asking these questions because our vet seems to be just as confused as we are. His response was 'its very rare'.

Any and all advise is welcome.


August 3rd, 2009, 04:49 PM
I'm sorry you've lost your dog :sad: :grouphug:

:rip: sweet :angel2: Abby :candle: She is playing at the Rainbow Bridge ( with those who've gone before :candle:

Yes it is likely the pancreatitis caused an irregular heartbeat, possibly also Disseminated intravascular coagulation ( in which many blood clots form that block the arteries throughout the body and causes a heart attack. Older dogs are also more prone to heart related illnesses, some of which may go undetected for years such as a low grade heart murmur.

Some info here on pancreatitis in dogs:

Also from
Symptoms to be aware of include:

•Painful abdomen
•Abdominal distention
•Lack of appetite
•Change in posture
•Color change in red tissues of the mouth and eyes
•Yellow, greasy stool

When canine pantreatitis is severe and acute, you may see these symptoms:

•Heart arrhythmia
•Difficulty breathing
•Disseminated intravascular coagulation
•Severe inflammation of the organs near the pancreas

August 3rd, 2009, 08:08 PM
I am so very sorry for your loss.


August 3rd, 2009, 10:23 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss, KWB! :grouphug: Your girl was very lucky to have had such a loving companion during her life.