Healthy, 1 year old puppy suddenly dies
I am writing as my very healthy 1 year old puppy went to sleep and never woke up a couple of nights ago. We had a normal day, went to the dog park, played a couple of games of fetch in our yard, and she ate and drank normally.
My wife let her out to pee and poop in the yard we had specifically set up for that activity, everything went as normal, she came in and laid down at my wife's feet and two hours later, when my wife was coming to bed, the dog didn't move. She got me up and the dog was still warm but not breathing. She was clearly dead. This happened late at night on a weekend and the vet was closed. All we could do was wrap her up and take her outside.
There were no signs whatsoever. She was a rescue, pound pup who had all her shots, had some early problems with mites, but was completely healthy and active up until she passed. No one we have talked to has ever heard about this with a one year old puppy. Even the vet said it was extremely rare but offered no other explanations. We could not afford to do a necropsy.
We are completely devastated and are just looking for any possible answers. We know we will never know, but just wondering if anyone else has had this happen.