When a pet dies, how long before rigor mortis sets in?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
I hope you are just asking and that your pet did not die.. I always hate to hear of a beloved pet dyiing.
Rigor mortis....The rate at which rigor mortis sets in will depend on several factors such as the pet's physique, cause of death and the environment, whether warm, cold, dry, or wet. Different sources give different figures, but very broadly and in 'average' circumstances it begins about 3 to 4 hours after death and becomes complete in about 12 hours
- 4 years ago
Rigor mortis (Latin: rigor "stiffness", mortis "of death") is one of the recognizable signs of death, caused by chemical changes in the muscles after death, causing the limbs of the corpse to become stiff and difficult to move or manipulate. In humans, it commences after about three to four hours, reaches maximum stiffness after 12 hours, and gradually dissipates until approximately 48 to 60 hours after death.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Depends on how large the animal is and the ambient temperature. But should be full rigor within 12 to 24 hours.
- bill jLv 41 decade ago
4 to 12 hours or so
- 1 decade ago
It will be in complete rigor in 12 hours.
- MutchkinLv 61 decade ago
When we put our horse down, it took about 2 hours for it to start and almost 12 for fullness.
It can depend on the animal.
- bereftcatLv 41 decade ago
With cats, in 4 hours, the muscles freeze, and become stiffened. Then in a few days, becomes bloated with gases filling the body cavity. Decompositon then occurs.Source(s): Feral Cat caregiver
- 6 years ago
my dogs limbs became stiff within 30 minutes