What can cause Sudden Death of a French Mastiff?

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She was throwing up about 3 weeks ago I thought the dry dog food I had just bought her may have set in a warehouse to long before it got to the store to be sold. So I stop feeding it to her. She was 9yr and 7 mos old.She weight 125. I cooked her rice,chicken,hamburger,gave her mixed veg. carrots,peas,green beans,she was doing so good. I took her out to go to the bathroom every two hrs and she did good. She ate wieners and frys with me for lunch and at 3:30pm she ate 2 slices of bread and a treat. At 6:00pm I got up to take her out side and she had pooped in my livingroom and she in all the years I’ve had her never went inside the house. I called her and she could hardly get out of her bed went to take her out side and she was a little shaky, when I got her back in the house she just laid down right by the door and was panting I thought she just need to rest for a minute. But every time I started to walk off she would make a sound like she didn’t want me to leave. That went on for 30 minutes. Then she went to get in her bed again but she turned backward. I went into the kitchen and all of a sudden I heard the worse cry out and I ran in there and blood was coming from her mouth and her butt. Then I ran to the kitchen to get something to wrap up the blood and when I got back she was turn around front was. Every time I started to leave she would make a sound again like she didn’t want me too and I petted her and I new she was going to die and I told her to go on I loved her and withnin 10 minutes she was gone. I just want to understand what happen. She was a couple of months ago had real problems with her Kidney’s. Vet had her on Antibiotics and Predisone. But that seem to clear up.The only other thing she had about 6 months ago Hookworms and allergy’s. But she was given meds for that also. Please help me under what this could be. Was there anything I could have done. I love and miss her so much. I just want to understand.

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Asked on January 25, 2017 4:33 pm
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I hope the memories of your beloved companion sustain you during this difficult time. For a large breed of dog like this the most common cause of sudden death is heart failure. These, and other large breeds, are prone to cardiomyopathy which can often show up as sudden death. From your history she was beginning to have other health problems on a fairly regular basis which would have added stress on the heart. Mastiffs of all types are not known for long life spans.

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Answered on January 25, 2017 4:55 pm
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