On Saturday, March 7th, our dear, sweet Lexi passed away. You see, Lexi was a beautiful Great Pyrenees girl, only 4 years old. She left us behind with broken and confused hearts.|
Lexi started out life as a young puppy in St. Louis, living outside day and night until rescue found her and took her in. She made her way to Kansas City, along the way, looking for her forever home. By the time she was just over a year old, Lexi had lived with many families. In February of 2012, Lexi chose us as her final and forever home.
Our home was always filled with rescued golden retrievers and Lexi was our first adopted Great Pyrenees. We had a lot to learn about this beautiful breed. She taught us what loyalty means. She protected us from the scary UPS and Postal carriers! She never rested if she thought her family needed protection, and she comforted us with her loving and gentle ways.
Over the years, our dear girl suffered with recurring UTI's. We spent many hours at the vet, trying to rid her of those annoying infections. It wasn't until February 23rd when we thought we had finally found the answer that would end her years of suffering.
All went well with the surgery and Lexi was on her way to a life without UTI's! Well, at least, that's what we thought. Ten days following the procedure, Lexi became ill. On Thursday, March 5, she started drinking large amounts of water, then vomiting it all. She was having accidents in the house again. She seemed anxious and upset. She was showing weakness in her hind legs. So, off to the vet we went. On the way there, Lexi was so upset, she panted uncontrollably, attempting to claw her way out of the car.
Our vet examined her, upon palpitation of her stomach, Lexi appeared painful, an x-ray showed large amounts of gas in her stomach and her temperature reached 106.2. So, we headed to the ER. Afraid she might be bloating. An ultrasound showed no sign of trouble anywhere, yet her symptoms continued. She spent the night at the hospital and by morning, they were able to bring her temp back down to normal. The diagnosis was that she might be suffering from an infection somewhere, so we decided she needed to stay in the hospital until they could figure out exactly what was going on. Yet, the lameness in her hind legs continued. Given pain medication and antibiotics, her condition was not improving.
By late afternoon, her temperature elevated again to 105 and it was suggested we drive her the 2 1/2 hours to the University of Missouri Veterinary and Teaching Hospital in Columbia, MO so they could perform an MRI, in hopes of finding out why our girl was getting worse. Once at the university hospital, Lexi was again hooked up to IV's, given more pain medication and antibiotics...still no diagnosis! By 4 a.m., the intern called to say Lexi's temp had risen to 109 and she was experiencing seizures. They would continue to try and bring her temp down with medication and externally cooling down her body. Twenty minutes later, they called again, Lexi had just suffered cardiac arrest, they resuscitated her and while on the phone with them, she coded again and died. We were in complete shock! How could a young, relatively healthy dog die so suddenly in just 48 hours? No explanation, nothing! My God I could barely breathe.
We ordered a necropsy in hopes of learning the cause of her death. In the days following, we set out to seek answers to our many questions. How could this happen? How? Along with Lexi's recurring UTI's, she had been treated for hypothyroidism. So, in our attempt for closure, I spoke to everyone whom I thought could help, including a leading canine endocrinologist who conducted several thyroid panels on Lex in the prior year. It was then I learned that one of the drugs Lexi had been given following her surgery for pain, the NSAID Deramaxx, a drug that is considered a sulfonamide. One that affects white-coated dogs (and Dobermans) by causing hypersensitivity and can disrupt thyroid function. But, could that be why our Lexi died so suddenly, a toxic reaction to this drug?
We may never know. The necropsy did not show an exact cause of death and now we suffer every day, wondering why our girl is gone too soon... Did I help in her demise by giving her that drug? My heart is shattered and I don't know if it will ever heal...
We loved you our dear sweet bear! You gave us three wonderful years of love, I only hope you felt our love in return and that you knew this was your forever home.
Goodbye sweet, beautiful Lexi girl. Wait for us at the Bridge.
Love, Mom & Dad