How to Dispose of a Dead Dog, SLC, UT – Rocky Mountain Pooper Scoopers

We love our dogs and we treat them like family and this is just one of the reasons we hate to see them grow old, and then eventually die. As difficult as this might be to read, it’s something we should all understand if we choose to own and love a dog.

In this post we’re going to discuss what one should do once their dog has died.  It’s also important to know what to do if you find a dog deceased on the road, or near your home.  We’ll also discuss what to do when your dog dies at home or when you must have him euthanized at the veterinarian.


If you choose to bury your animal on your own property you may want to place your dog in a box or coffin before you place him or her in the ground. If you don’t wish to be sentimental about the occasion you can simply dig a hole and place your dog in the dirt before covering him. When burying a dog on your property it’s a good idea to make sure the hole is approximately two feet deep to prevent scavengers from digging up the dog’s body. Be sure to have a small ceremony and send your dog off with good wishes. After all, he was, hopefully, your loyal and faithful companion for many years.

Many states have laws that prohibit pet owners from burying animals while also giving instructions on how to bury an animal properly. When burying a dog it’s best to bury his body away from any source of water and be sure to check with your local utility company. You don’t want to cut a gas line or utility service while you dig a grave site.

According to http://www.azfamily.com you may want to check with your city or county government to see whether or not burying dogs in your yard is legal.

If you don’t want to bury your dog at home, or you can’t because of laws and regulations your next best option would be to bury your dog in a pet cemetery. You can choose from a single plot or a communal plot when it comes time to hold your dogs’ service. In the Phoenix and Glendale areas you have several options when it comes to a funeral for a dog. One such service is:

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If you have access to an incinerator, though many of us don’t, you may consider cremating your dog. This is how dogs are disposed of by animal control as well as many veterinarians. If your veterinarian euthanizes your dog, you may request cremation. Your dogs’ ashes can then be sent home in a decorative urn commemorating his life.

Animal Control Services

You may want to do this if you happen to find a dead dog on the street. If the dog has a microchip he might lost and missing and someone might be searching for him. Animal Control may be able to find the owner to notify them out of respect for the animal. If you do find a dead dog, don’t touch it with bare hands. If you don’t know how the dog died, it’s best that you wear gloves in order not to become contaminated with bacteria or even a virus.  For your own dog, however, we suggest considering one of the other options we’ve discussed.

Throw it away

We don’t suggest this option when it comes to disposing of your dog, as its disrespectful and inhumane, and your dog deserves better after life care

Today we would like to thank www.AAanimalcontrol.com for helping us with this post. Be sure to visit their website to learn more about the 100 or so companies located nationwide that will help you dispose of dead animals.

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