What to Do When Your Dog Dies and How to Bury Your Dog
However it happens, losing a dog is a difficult thing. When it happens at the vet’s office they’ll help you handle the situation. But what happens if the dog has died at your home? What do you do?
Call For Some Help
It’s best that you don’t be alone at such a difficult time. Call a friend or family member to help you cope with the situation-someone who can help you to deal practically with the dog’s remains, and also offer you emotional support. However, some prefer to be alone and there’s nothing wrong with that too.
Call the Veterinarian
Practical steps have to be taken, and top on the list is calling your vet. They’ll talk you through the steps you should take. They’ll also most likely get you through to someone who can come and pick up the dog’s body. The vet’s can store the body for some hours or days to allow you time to make arrangements.
How to Handle the Body
Sure it’s not a rosy topic, but it will come down to this one way or another. You may have to handle your dog’s body, or you can have a friend/relative do it. If you want to bury it but can’t do it straight away, the body has to be properly stored.
The fact is an animal’s body starts to decompose immediately after death. Soon there’ll be a foul smell and an odor that will attract all kinds of insects. The hotter it gets, the faster the process. The joints also stiffen, and this starts to take place as soon as between 10 minutes to 3 hours into the death. This is also affected by the temperature of the surrounding.
When handling the body, wear latex gloves. Get a blanket, sheet or towel and wrap it around the body. Slide the body into a big enough plastic bag, and seal it-a secure knot should do. Now, you have to keep the body cold. It’s recommended to place the body in a refrigerator or freezer. If it’s too big, place it on a concrete floor. For this option it should not be wrapped up. A concrete floor does a good job of drawing the heat from the body.
How to Bury a Dog
When it comes to the final journey, there are a few things of concern. If you have raccoons, coyotes or other wild animals running about, you’ll need to take precautions to keep the grave site safe.
For starters get a proper casket. Without it, the scent may attract wild animals that’ll dig up the body. You can order already made casket or build a strong wooden one yourself.
When it comes to the hole depth, you need to make it deep enough to prevent nature from unraveling it. 2-3 feet is the recommended depth. But be sure to pass this by your local authorities. Some have laws regulating home burials, and may require the burial site to be a certain safe distance from water sources.
You can fence around the grave site using chicken or barbed ware. Alternatively, you can use animal repellants to keep the wild animals away.
Take time before getting a new pet. This is especially if it’s a family set up. Your kids need to know that loved ones aren’t just replaced-they are first mourned and remembered. Then, when you’re ready, you can move on.