What to do with a dog or cat’s body when it dies?

Losing a cherished dog is a deeply emotional experience, and when they pass away, knowing what to do with their body can be a difficult decision.

First and foremost, take a moment to grieve and say goodbye to your beloved dog. Express your love and gratitude for the joy and companionship they brought into your life. If you’re unsure of what to do next, reach out to a vet for guidance and support. Vets and welfares are trained to assist pet owners during times of loss and can offer advice on handling your dog’s remains with dignity and respect.

When deciding what to do with your dog’s body, there are several options to consider. One option is burial, where you lay your pet to rest in a backyard or other suitable location. But this is not recommended in urban areas. There are many municipal regulations regarding pet burial because of the hazards to community health and the environment.

The best option is pet cremation where your pet’s body is respectfully and carefully cremated, leaving behind ashes that can be returned to you in a Scatter Box or other urn. Cremation allows you to keep your pet’s remains close to you, providing a tangible connection to their memory.

When choosing cremation, there are two options: private or communal. In a private cremation, your dog is cremated individually, ensuring that you receive only their ashes. In a communal cremation, multiple pets are cremated together, and the ashes cannot be returned. Consider which option best aligns with your wishes and what you can afford.

Regardless of whether you choose burial or pet cremation, consider ways to honour and memorialise your beloved companion’s memory. This could include planting a tree or flowers in their honour, creating a photo album or scrapbook of cherished memories, or holding a memorial gathering with friends and family to celebrate their life.

Losing a pet can feel isolating, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Reach out to friends, family members, or support groups for comfort and understanding. Sharing memories of your dog and talking about your feelings can help ease the pain of loss and provide a sense of connection during a difficult time.

Ultimately, the decision of what to do with your dog’s body when they pass away is a deeply personal one. It’s essential to consider your values and what feels most meaningful and comforting to you. By honouring your dog’s memory with love, compassion and respect, you can find solace in knowing that they will always hold a special place in your heart.

Here at Legacy, it is our honour to take care of the necessary details, so you are free to grieve the loss of your faithful pet. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

We are passionate about animals and their purpose in our lives. Cremation is a necessary part of the process of loss, but cremation with dignity, integrity and compassion is peace of mind. We are committed to serving you in your grief.

Legacy Pet offers pet cremation and pet memorial products.  You may choose between two types of cremation: communal or individual.

The cost will depend on the size of your pet and the urn or casket that you choose if you are getting a Return of Ashes.  Please order your pet’s cremation through your vet. If your pet has died at home, the best option is to take them to your local vet and order a cremation through them.

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