Meatball was 8 1/2 yrs old. She was my everything. Last Saturday (5 days before she died) my husband took her to the vet because she was getting "jumpy" if he touched her where normally this wouldn't happen. The vet said she has a major ear infection and they did blood work, and we were waiting to get the culture back to put her on antibiotics. She was acting mopey but Meatball had a lot of allergies and when they were bad they were bad. She was on atopica AND allergy shots once a week but her folds and ears still got bad and had to be cleaned everyday. Monday I noticed her breathing was a little off and that her mouth was really dry. Since my husband works with Vets (did I mention that) I mentioned it and he said her ears were really bothering her. She left a piece of food on the ground (which is TOTALLY out of character) and I started to get really alarmed. My husband said he would take her in Thursday morning. Wed night she weezed so badly and had a hard time sleeping and breathing- so loud thought that I couldn't sleep at all. When we got up Thursday she ran to eat but when I tried to help her eat one at a time she walked away and went to the couch. I calmed her down and my husband pickd her up and put her in the car. He called me 3 hours later to say the vet had her in the oxygen tank and she had crashed but they had gotten her back and she was stable. Then half an hour later I get a call that she had passed. The vet says he listened to her heart, lungs, etc when she wa there on Saturday and she was normal. They think she had a heart condition that just came on and quick????? Could it have been the ear infection? I feel like I let my baby down. Why didn't I take her in on Monday? Would it have made a differece? Please- does anyone know. Do bulldogs live plast 8 typically? So they die suddenly? Heart condition that no one caught? My heart is broken. Any peace of mind right now or just to know would be helpful.