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To start, I am so sorry for your tragic loss.1) Any risk of ingesting toxins or medication in your home? 2) Any past illness or injury? 3) What has been done with Dougie's body?
My concern is that that this may have been secondary to an underlying condition such as a cardiac abnormality. There are not a great deal of toxins that work so quickly and without more profound symptoms. Cardiac issues can occur spontaneously and a pet can die very quickly thereafter. For a dog to be only 1 and have this happen, the issue would need to have been substantial. If you own any related dogs, I would consider having them in for an exam as soon as you can to rule out underlying illness that may be shared.The reason I asked about his body is that your vet could offer a necropsy to take a look at his internal structures post-mortem. Sometimes this tells us precisely what has happened.
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I'm afraid it's typically a very meticulous job, so it often does cost quite a bit of money. But it can be a huge blessing for the owner who insists on knowing what happened.Let me know if I can help further.