Discussion in 'Cane Corso' started by DukeR, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. DukeR

    DukeR New Member

    Hi I am new to this form and I need some support. My Duke a 5 month old Cane Corse passed away yesterday. The horrible story beings on Thanksgiving. In the morning he was fine when I came down from showering he was limping on his right front leg. We brought him the next day to the emergency vet. They told us not to X-ray Bc they didn’t feel any broken bones so we took him home with anti-inflammatory and pain killers. He wakes out of emergency now limping on him back leg as well. Saturday wasn’t so bad he was still eating and drinking although I had to water bottle feed him and hand feed him. He had a hard time getting up. So by Monday he still wasn’t better. We took him to out vet. They did X-rays and said he had HOD. That there was nothing we can do just rest an pain management. Tuesday was the worst. He was crying even with the pain killers. I called the breeder and she told me like with 2 vets that there was nothing I can do just make him comfortable. We where up with him til 3 am Wednesday morning he had kept peeing an pooping on himself so we cleaned him. He was in so much pain he wouldn’t sleep. After trying everything he seemed to be a bit comfortable so we went to sleep. 715 am Wednesday my daughter came down to get ready for school and found his cold body with white stuff in his mouth and piss an poop on him. We have sent him to Cornell for an autopsy. Has this happened to anyone before. From what I have read dogs don’t die from this. I feel like I failed him my poor beautiful boy. Please help me heal.
  2. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    So sorry for your loss. I hope you get some answers.
  3. DukeR

    DukeR New Member

    Thank you. I am so broken. I loved him so much.
  4. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

    I am so sorry for your loss.
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  5. BlackShadowCaneCorso

    BlackShadowCaneCorso Super Moderator Staff Member

    We had a rottie with a very mild case and were able to manage it without pain. Friend of ours imported a puppy that ended up with this issue (among others :( ) and it turns out that the breeder who bred this same pairing repeatedly but there were 4 or 5 in that litter that had the problem. Your best bet is to ask on corso pages on FB where there is a heavy concentration of corso owners.
  6. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    I'm so very sorry for your loss. I know that in some cases people euthanize, but I don't have an personal knowledge of dogs having died directly from HOD. I hope the autopsy gives you some answers. I hope your daughter is doing okay. I know that must have been awful for her.
  7. DukeR

    DukeR New Member

    Thank you. What do you mean by pairing? Fortunately I don’t have FB. I’m looking around for forums with cane corse and that disease.
  8. DukeR

    DukeR New Member

    Awful is small in comparison it has been heart breaking for my whole family. Thank you for your kind words. It’s so hard not to replay everything over an over. So sad
  9. Courtney H

    Courtney H Active Member

    I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a puppy is incredibly heartbreaking...trust me, I know. I was not aware that dogs died directly from HOD, either. Please keep us posted with the results of the autopsy. My heart breaks for you and your family. This brought tears to my eyes...
  10. BlackShadowCaneCorso

    BlackShadowCaneCorso Super Moderator Staff Member

    When the parents of this litter were bred they produced several cases of HOD and while it can be a grey area if it is genetic or not I think, in this case it was just a bad idea to continue to do the pairing after having several pups show up with the issue.
  11. DukeR

    DukeR New Member

    Thank you for you kind words. We will find out Tuesday or Wednesday of next week exactly what happened.
  12. Michele

    Michele Super Moderator Staff Member

    I'm so sorry
  13. DukeR

    DukeR New Member

    Apparently the cause of death is sepsis with polyarthritis. No official reason why this happened.
  14. DennasMom

    DennasMom Well-Known Member

    This breaks my heart. So sorry for your loss, and the terrible way this all happened. I hope you can remember Duke the way he was when he was happy and healthy.

    I didn't know there was a thing as sepsis with polyarthritis... from the little reading I've done now, it is a mystery how a 5 month old puppy could come down that quickly from such a diagnosis. :( Have you let the breeder know what happened? I'm sure they'd like to know. And, hind-sight being 20-20... I wish the vets had gone ahead with the x-ray the first time... although, it sounds like they couldn't see the sepsis on the x-rays, either. We've also lost a dog (although later in life), due to skipping a full diagnosis and the vets just prescribing pain meds and anti-inflammatories. In our case it was a tumor on the spine, probably cancerous. Not sure we could have done anything to help our guy either had we known earlier. Some times life is just not fair. :(
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  15. marke

    marke Well-Known Member

    terrible news .........I assume what they are saying is some type of infectious arthritis ? my ex-brother in law had a fila who had inflammatory arthritis from some kind of fungus she picked up when she lived in texas , she was on some anti-fungal meds for as long as I knew her ....... I believe it can be caused by bacteria or viruses as well .......... I think to try and figure out the source might be near impossible ........ the ensuing sepsis being an abnormal immune response to the infection ...... just another reminder of how fragile their lives can be ...... my condolences .........
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  16. DukeR

    DukeR New Member

    e of death
    Hi thank you for your support. We did contact the breeder right away. Like you said it will be almost impossible to find out what caused this. As far as the Vet goes they would’ve had to do a joint tap to find the infection. And most ppl I speak with say that given he’s symptoms they probably would have gave the same diagonoes. Thank you for writing me. It means a lot. Dog parents have to stick together.
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    Ronbow New Member

  18. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    Terrible. Sorry for your loss.

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