over the summer one of the dogs that i called Big Ugly died. my 15 year old called him Junior. he was part of a litter from her dog Zelda, that we couldn't give away. he was losing weight, so i assumed he had worms and was treating him accordingly. when i noticed he was in pulminary distress we called the vet, it was closing but they stayed open for us. he did a full work up on him. he has some Hook worm and regular worm, but not much. what killed him was he had a bad case Of Lymes and Erlichosis, both tick borne disesase's. his white blood cell count was off the charts, and did not have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen. his skin and bone weight was 49.6 lbs. well the vet gave him some medicines, and gave us more to give him. but it was too late he died an hour after getting back home. it cost nearly $400 for the vet, but it was all right with me, my daughter lost Zelda earlier, because when she died, of what we thought was just an upset gastric tract, and she begged the next time go to the vet. so what i am passing on is do not assume anything. if your pet is out of sorts go to the vet, as soon as you notice something. it reduces the heartache.