When you lose your dog, you’re not just losing a pet. You’re losing a best friend who gave you comfort, security, and unconditional love. What you’re going through is unimaginable and it’s okay to grieve. However, you may be wondering what to do with your dog’s body. Animal bodies decompose quickly so it’s important to act as soon as possible.
Wear Protective Gear
First, avoid touching the body with your bare hands. Wear gloves and protective gear. You will notice the body releasing fluids and waste from the mouth, anus, and genitals. You may choose to clean up these areas.
Find a large bedsheet, towel, blanket, and plastic trash bags. Place the body on the sheet, towel, or blanket, preferably on its side, curled up. Wrap the body completely and tightly then slide it into doubled-up trash bags and secure them. For a large dog, you’ll need help.
Store or Dispose the Body
If you’re able to bury or cremate the body immediately, that would be ideal. But if you’re unable to and can’t reach your local vet, crematorium, or pet aftercare service company, store it in a refrigerator or freezer until then. If it’s not possible to store the body this way, you’ll have to settle for the basement or garage, but only for a maximum of 6 hours to avoid a stench in your home.
Who Do I Call to Pick Up a Dead Dog?
If your area has a Peaceful Passing veterinarian, contact them to advise you on the next steps. Alternatively, call your local veterinarian to inquire about pet aftercare. They should be able to collect the body and either cremate or bury it according to your wishes. Another option is to contact your local pet cemetery or crematorium to arrange a drop-off or collection.
Dead Dog Disposal Cost
The cost of disposing of your dog will depend on which state you live in, who is disposing of the dog, and the weight of the body. For example, if you live in Miami, Florida, you should drop off the body at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center for disposal. They charge $10 for 25 lbs. and under, $15 for 26 lbs. to 50 lbs., and $20 for 51 lbs. and over.
You may choose to bury the body at home if you own the land and if it complies with your local laws. That will be zero cost to you. Ensure that the remains aren’t hazardous and the grave should be at least three feet deep. Honor your dog by marking the site with a plant or stone.
What Happens When a Dog Dies Naturally?
Along with a blank stare (if the eyes are open), when a dog dies naturally, its muscles relax and the body goes limp. It releases air from the mouth (exhaling its final breath), emptying the lungs – you may notice the body deflating. It also releases waste and bodily fluids. Nerve spasms cause the body to twitch and its heart stops beating completely.
How to Find Pet Cremation Near Me
Your local veterinarian should be in a position to recommend a reliable cremation service in your area. Most vets can arrange to pick up your pet, have it cremated, and then send you the ashes in an urn. Alternatively, a quick online search for “pet cremation near me” will bring results. Check the online reviews for the best service.