It has just been an extraordinarily crazy day! You guys will not believe this; after we went out and buried Maya, I was taking care of the rest of the animals and there was a 3' RATTLESNAKE INSIDE my rabbit cages! He was in with the baby rabbits obviously looking for a meal- only problem was he wasn't big enough to eat them. So he bit and killed 4 of my baby rabbits.
So this morning we buried Maya, four baby bunnies, and a rattlesnake.
That makes 8 rattlers we have killed so far this year.
We initially did think of a snakebite as a first explanation for Maya, but she was fine last night, and I looked her over really well; no swelling, no puncture wounds, nothing. And I used to work as a vet tech so I have seen A LOT of snake bites. And not saying this is fool-proof, but she was up to date on her rattlesnake vaccine. We also thought bloat too, but again no symptoms, at all.
We talked about getting a necropsy all morning, and I called two different vets to get pricing and procedure. As it turns out it's roughly $200 for a necropsy because she was so big (160 pounds). We debated on wether or not to do it, but after talking to one of my friends that runs a Saint Bernard rescue and posting on the Mastiff forum I am on, it seems the logical explanation was her heart. My friend that has the Saint Bernards says that she has SEVERAL friends who's YOUNG (<5 yrs) dogs have died in their sleep, and the Mastiff forum says it's very very common for them to die young because of heart problems. I just can't believe it happened to Maya.
And well, as much as I would love to KNOW that that is what happened to her, we've decided that we should save the $200 so we can use it towards another LGD pup to try and help replace her.