11-26-2016, 10:34 PM
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: British Columbia, Canada
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First, I'm so sorry that you buddy has passed away
Second, when a pet dies, dogs and cats I am speaking for, but this may well apply to any living mammal...
Immediately (or soon after, or when the body is disturbed) the sphincter muscles relax and the bowels are released. It's typically a very messy and smelly event.
Rigor mortis: begins around the 3 hour mark and takes up to 12 hours to completely set in. It is a gradual process, affecting the body and it's extremities gradually, in different stages, sweeping across the body. Eventually the entire body becomes rigid. This process slowly recedes as the process decomposition begins.
So, the symptoms you describe are actually very typical of the process that occurs upon death, regardless of the cause of the death.
A necropsy could be performed by a DVM to attempt to determine "cause of death ", however there is no guarantee that you would receive a definitive answer.
Again, I'm so sorry for your loss