How to Properly Dispose of a Dead Dog

I'm sorry that your dog died. If you need free help removing the body properly, click on this map of the USA to find your town and the free county animal control phone number that can help you. You can also:

  • Call your vet, if you have one, and ask to make arrangements. They may cremate the dog, or arrange for burial at a pet cemetary.
  • Bury the dog on your property, in a plastic bag in a box if you wish, at least 2 feet deep.
  • If you don't have a yard, bury the dog at your friend's house, or a secret place like the woods.
  • Have the dog cremated. Call your local SPCA or County Animal Services for help. I list all numbers in the USA here.
  • If the dog is on the smaller side, you can actually bag it and box it and put it out in the garbage bin for the sanitation dept. to take away.

Your dog is a valued member of your household. In many households they even consider the dog to be an important member of the family. They are given a very special place that makes them as important as any other member, including the children and the parents.

It is for this reason that when the dog passes away that it becomes a significant event in the household. It is an enormous loss to the family and one that can be very difficult for the family to overcome. While there is already great sadness about the loss, a step that no one really wants to cope with is what to do with the dog itself. This begs the question, how to dispose of a dead dog?

This is a good question. While you should clearly cannot keep the dog any longer, it is also still a valued member who deserves some respect, even in the afterlife. You don’t want to just throw it away or dump it over a cliff, but you want to make sure that you dispose of it in a proper way. This leaves you with few options.

If you are looking for this, there are agencies out there that will do funerals for a dog in the same way that they can be done for human beings. This means that you can have a casket that is chosen and a burial plot if you truly prefer that. The costs associated with this depend upon what kind of service you want for your dog, the kind of casket you are looking for, and the location of the plot.

You can also take your dog and have it cremated. Just as humans can be cremated and stored in a container, you can do this for your dog as well. There are even several different kinds of urns that you can buy to keep your dog’s remains in. It allows you to keep your dog around with you long after he or she has passed away.

However, you may not want to get this overzealous about what to do with your dog’s remains. While he or she may have been very important to your family, that does not mean that you want the dog to get such a fancy ending.

In this case, you can contact the local animal control or dog shelter and ask how your dog can be disposed of. In many cases they offer you the ability to bring your dog to their location where they will dispose of the animal for you. If you are going to pay the cost, they will even come to pick up the dog for you. You should be aware that the cost is not very expensive, and may be well worth it to you.

Your loss is a sad time in the of life of your family, and now you can take some measures to dispose of your animal in a dignified way that will make your loss a little less troublesome for you. For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How much does dead animal removal cost? - get the lowdown on prices.
How to get rid of dead animals - my main dead animal removal info guide.
Example dead animal removal photographs - get do-it-yourself ideas.
Dead animal job blog - learn from great examples of dead animal jobs I've done.

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