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How to Bury a Pet



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how to bury a pet getting over the loss

of a pet is never easy your pet is part

of your family and you feel at a loss

without him or her adding to the pain

you need to find a way to bury your pet

before you bury your pet though you have

a few decisions to make first taking

first steps

check your pet check for a pulse and

look and feel to see if she's still

breathing she may be in trouble but not

actually dead call your veterinarian and

ask her to guide you with next steps if

your pet is still alive take her to an

emergency vet in the area the best place

to feel for a pulse on a dog or cat is

the inner thigh up where the leg meets

the body you're looking for the femoral

artery use two fingers not a thumb to

check for a pulse you may have a hard

time feeling it on a cat if you feel a

pulse have some one time 15 seconds

while you count beats multiple by four

and you have the beats per minute your

vet will likely want to know the beats

per minute if possible if your pet is

still alive take her to an emergency vet

in the area the best place to feel for a

pulse on a dog or cat is the inner thigh

up where the leg meets the body you're

looking for the femoral artery use two

fingers not a thumb to check for a pulse

you may have a hard time feeling it on a

cat if you feel a pulse

have someone time 15 seconds while you

count beats multiple by four and you

have the beats per minute your vet will

likely want to know the beats per minute

if possible

take action within a day the body will

start to decompose fairly quickly

usually within a day so you want to bury

the body as soon as possible if you need

to keep the body in your home you can

take a few steps to keep it from

decomposing you can wrap the body and

put in the refrigerator though you still

want to take action within a day you can

also place the body in the freezer which

will keep it from decomposing longer if

you can't use either of these options

leave the body unwrapped on concrete as

it will draw the heat out you can wrap

the body and put in the refrigerator

though you still want to take action

within a day you can also place the body

in the freezer which will keep it from

decomposing longer if you can't use

either of these options leave the body

unwrapped on concrete as it will draw

the heat out

notify people in your grief you may not

remember everyone you need to tell for

instance it's important to notify kids

who were away at college when the pet

died you also need to find a way to tell

your children if you have young ones in

your home when telling kids try not to

use euphemisms for instance saying the

pet has been put to sleep can be

confusing tell the child that the pet

died and explained in simple terms what

that means for instance you could say

honey I have something sad to tell you

our pet kitty died today that means that

she stopped breathing and her body

stopped moving she won't be coming back

to live with us it can help to let the

child see the body though it's okay to

soften the blow by covering the body

partially with a blanket or putting a

beloved toy nearby answer any questions

your child has is honestly and directly

as you can though you can say you don't

know also be prepared for the ways your

child's grief will appear some children

will want to write letters or leave

flowers others may want some alone time

while still others may need more cuddles

when telling kids try not to use

euphemisms for instance saying the pet

has been put to sleep can be confusing

tell the child that the pet died and

explained in simple terms what that

means for instance you could say honey I

have something sad to tell you our pet

kitty died today that means that she

stopped breathing and her body stopped

moving she won't be coming back to live

with us it can help to let the child see

the body though it's okay to soften the

blow by covering the body partially with

a blanket or putting a beloved toy

nearby answer any questions your child

has is honestly and directly as you can

though you can say you don't know also

be prepared for the ways your child's

grief will appear some children will

want to write letters or leave flowers

others may want some alone time while

still others may need more cuddles

let your pet see the body letting your

pets observe the body sniff it and

interact with it can help give the pet

closure if they can see the dead body

they may not spend as long looking for

the pet to come back after she's buried

check your local laws you may or may not

be allowed to bury your pet on your own

property it's typically not okay to bury

in a public park but sometimes you can

bury your pet on your own property try

calling your vet to see if she knows the

local law you can also ask your local

humane society if you're still not sure

try calling the local police department

to ask try calling your vet to see if

she knows the local law you can also ask

your local humane society if you're

still not sure try calling the local

police department to ask

decide on a varial spot once you know

whether you're allowed to bury your pet

in your yard you may decide to bury her

there however you do have other options

for instance some cities have pet burial

parks where you can buy a plot for your

pet to find a pet cemetery ask your vet

you can also look under pet cemeteries

in your local area another option

besides varial is cremation some vent

hospitals have cremation services while

other times the Crematory is a

standalone service

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you may have the option of individual

cremation where you just get your pets

remains back or group cremation where

your pet is cremated with other animals

individual cremation is more expensive

to find a pet cemetery ask your vet you

can also look under pet cemeteries in

your local area another option besides

burial is cremation some vent hospitals

have cremation services while other

times the Crematory is a standalone

service be aware that you may have the

option of individual cremation where you

just get your pets remains back or group

cremation where your pet is cremated

with other animals individual cremation

is more expensive

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