Your local vet will be well-equipped to cope with the disposal of a deceased dog, and if you want them to do it, simply give them a call as soon as possible. Your veterinarian should then be able to arrange for the collection and, if desired, burial or cremation. Cats are similar in that they can be brought in for treatment and services, but they also can be left under the care of a neighbor or friend until they are claimed.
In some cases, where for example there is evidence of trauma, it may be necessary to perform an autopsy on the animal to determine the cause of death. This can be done by a veterinary pathologist after all internal organs have been examined. The pathologist's report will help guide future treatment efforts if any are required.
After you have disposed of your pet's body, please make sure that nobody else comes into contact with it before it is properly disposed of. This includes other animals in the household and children who may find it unappealing or perhaps even dangerous.
The best way to deal with your pet's death is probably through denial. It is normal to feel sad when someone you love dies, but keeping these feelings locked up inside won't help you heal faster. Talk about your loss with others who understand; this helps people know that you're not alone during this difficult time.
Finally, take time out for yourself.
You can contact your local animal control if you suspect that after a pet has died, the body is only a shell. They often provide low-cost (or no-cost) services for the disposal of deceased pets. You might also contact your veterinarian. You must bring your pet to the clinic, but they will arrange for disposal. If there's blood in the house, call the police.
If your pet dies at home, you should try to clean up any blood as soon as possible. Use disinfectants approved for use on blood and other bodily fluids before you put back what was once living tissue.
The death of a loved one is difficult no matter what type of loss it is, but when that loss is that of a pet, it can be especially hard. If you are having trouble dealing with this loss, consider visiting some local shelters or animal care facilities. There are many needy animals who would love to give you a hug when you need it most.
Choose a burial location. Consult your veterinarian for assistance in locating a pet cemetery. You may also search for "pet cemeteries" in your region. Cremation is an alternative to burial. Cremation services are available at certain veterinary facilities, whereas at others, the crematory is a separate service. Ask your vet about this option before deciding on one.
When burying your pet, consider what type of soil they like and try to find something with some earthworms in it so they can go down into their own food source. Also, make sure that there are no poisonous plants around where you plan to bury them otherwise someone might think that they would be a good place to dump garbage or throw out leftover food.
Pet cemeteries are special places where pets can be buried or have their ashes dispersed. Your local animal shelter or humane society can help you find a pet cemetery in your area. Make sure that you discuss how you would like your pet's body disposed of before you bring them home. Some families choose to bury their pets while others will have them cremated. Either way, planning ahead is important because you don't want to miss a ceremony or opportunity to put your feelings into words.