Hi I wonder if anyone can shed some light on this for me. My dad owned a springer spaniel, 8 years old and a lovely dog. He would take the dog for its morning walk over the field just a few minutes away, its a field that is used by all dog walkers in the area. Whilst he was walking the, dog the came back with a dead magpie, he told the dog to leave which she did. He then got talking to some other dog walkers for a few minutes, when he was ready to leave he looked over to see the dogs head in the long grass, assuming it was probably after the dead magpie again he shouted her and she came over. He then returned home put dog in her kennel and left for a few hours, when he returned he went to take her out again, he would walk her 3 or 4 times a day. When he went to get her out the kennel she was lying dead and was stiff, blood coming out of her mouth and diarrhea in the kennel. He called the vet who said to bring her down. The vet said the only way she would have died that way would have been poison. I am no expert and wondered if it could have been from the magpie, maybe the magpie had been at a dead rat that had been poisoned. I dont think it was on purpose as the neighbours are nice and the dog was not bother, and never barked at anyone. Its a horrible loss and a loss of a companion for my elderly father. I just want to reassure myself it was just a tragic accident. My father could not afford to pay for further tests on the dog, other that have her cremated. Thanks for your time.