On Thursday evening my boxer dog(nearly seven years old) developed a rather nasty cough. During the course of the evening she was constantly coughing up big balls of mochus. On Friday morning she seemed considerably better, so I wrapped her up well and let her sleep in the kitchen whilst everybody else went out for the morning. When I came home on Friday evening, I brought her to the vet as she now developed problems breathing.
The vet gave her a course of antibiotics and sent her home. We organised an appointment for Monday evening(tonight).
On the Saturday she was getting notably worse, after long periods of coughing she would begin to panic. Her heart was beating like crazy. I rang the vet and he informed me to let the antibiotics run their course and to return on Monday evening(today). During the evening she would go out to the garden and sprawl out on the grass. This was unusual as she hated being left out the back garden, especially during the cold evenings. Was this a sign of imminent death? Eventually, I got her to bed, only for her to awake every couple of hours with coughing fits.
Yesterday morning, I realised something wasnt right. The coughing had got noticably worse and she was struggling, at times, to draw breathe. During the afternoon I coaxed her into having a drink of water and eating a mouthful or two of chicken and mash potato. She seemed ok after that and went for a snooze. Sometime in the late afternoon she went out the back garden to use the bathroom. Suddenly, she started staggering and dropped to the ground(she staggered to the same spot she lay in the previous evening). I ran out and got to her within fifteen seconds. She was unconscious and her eyes were heavily dilated. I got her to wake up after a minute or so. After a few minutes her eyes returned to normal but she was barely able to breathe. I knew she was a goner so we wrapped her in a blanket and made things as comfortable as possible before she eventually passed away.
The vet said she died of heart failure and its quite common for boxers to pass away from SDS. But this wasnt sudden. It was a gradual downward spiral spread out over 60-70 hours. Part of me knew that this wasnt a "normal illness" and I feel that I could have done more.
Is there anyway I could have prevented this?