I am so sorry to hear about that. You must be feeling awful. Had the dog been to the vet or did it just get sick and die?
What breed was your dog? Please tell me all about precious pet.
The only things I am familiar with causing death that quickly is a drink of antifreeze, (used in cars,) and Bloat, (torsion) a twisting of the intestines. If it was Bloat, unless you knew what signs to look for they don't usually stand a chance. I had a Shepard mix and at the age of five the same thing happened. I went off to work and he was fine, three hours later he was gone. (He also hid and died in a spot that he never went in before.) Even if you know what the signs are there is no guarantee that the Vet will be able stop it. They will try to operate to receive the gas and then sew the intestines in hopes that it will not happen again. While they are not 100 % sure what causes Bloat, they do know it is seen in larger deep chested dogs. They think it also think that when the dog eats the bowl should be raised off the ground, and the dog should not do heavy exercise after eating. I think unless your other dog is showing signs of being ill she/he will be okay. I am sending you a sight to read about bloat. If it was that, don't blame yourself, we cannot keep our eye out for this 24/7, it is sudden and unexpected.
I feel awful for what I know first hand what you are going through. IF you want to talk more just hit reply.
here is the sight. www.glonbalspan.net/bloat
Please keep me informed of how your other dog is doing. I'll be thinking of you.
Sorry, a hit of the wrong key I'm afraid,
www.globalspan.net.bloat When it takes you to the sight on the right hand side I believe there is a column, click about bloat.
Other than getting into some type of poison, like mouse poison, or even chewing on a mouse/rat that ingested poison. That might take overnight.
Has the dog gotten loose?
During these cold days I can't help but think someone may have changed (or had a car leak ) their antifreeze in their driveway, it would only take a drop to kill a dog and a vet really could not do much about that either unless brought in immediately.
If your dog was used to being outside in the cold I would not think that a cold day would do more harm than giving her frostbite on the ears.
How is the other dog? Is there something in the article that would make you think it was not bloat?
The dog would not likely be bloated after he died, that is why an autopsy is done.
You said the dog was sitting up but hanging it's head down and not waning to eat. Can I ask if the dog ate any bones, greenies, or other hard type of treat lately? That could cause a tear in the intestines. I did have a dog that used to eat butcher bones, I have since learned my lesson, and a piece of the bone punctured her intestines, this caused her to die fairly quickly.
I hope my questions are not making you sad, and I hope you are not laying blame on yourself. I know for your piece of mind an answer would be helpful.
Yes, a pig ear could have done that. Anything that breaks off into sharp pieces, especially if the dog is an aggressive chewer and swallows even a small piece. The only bones that I now give to my dogs are made by Nylabone. They are hard but do not break off in pieces, one bone can last a month. If you are giving the other dog pig ears, I would consider stopping.
Get some sleep if you can and take care of your 2 year old baby. I work with preschool children and no matter how your day is going they can always make you feel better.