If your dog unfortunately dies at home, the first thing you need to do is actually confirm that the dog is actually beyond the point where they can be resuscitated. This may involve getting a vet to come over.
Here is more on this and other actions you can take when your dog dies in your home.
Call Your Vet
A vet can help in very many ways if you think your dog is dead. The first and most important thing they will do is actually confirm that the dog is dead. And if the pooch isn’t dead, they will be in the best position to apply resuscitation and stabilization measures.
If, unfortunately, your dog is really dead, the vet may shed some light on the cause of death. This is important not only for closure but also for the safety of other pets in your home.
Store The Body Properly
It is also very important that you store the body properly. This is to prevent contamination of your home by fluids from the deceased dog’s body. These could include the residues of the poisons responsible for the death or fluids containing the microorganisms responsible.
The best way to store the dog is in a watertight and airtight bag like a polyethene trash bag. If you happen to have a large and empty freezer, you could also store the dog there as long as they are completely sealed to avoid contaminating the freezer.
Make Arrangements For Burial Or Disposal Of The Body
As soon as you can, start to make arrangements for either burial or cremation of the dog’s body. So who do you call when a pet dies at home for body collection and disposal? Well, you have a few options.
These include vets who offer cremation services, dedicated pet crematoriums, pet cemeteries, or your local pet and animal control authority.
These groups will pick up your dog’s body and relieve you of the stress of having to figure out the actual disposal of the body.