For many of us, our pets are our friends, they are family, and for some of us, even workmates — the loss of their daily companionship can be so great that the respectful treatment of their remains becomes an important and emotional step towards the acceptance of their death.
My pet has passed away, what do I do next?
- Talk to your vet about arranging your pet’s body for disposal on your behalf. You may want to look into their offering as sometimes cremation is not an option and your pet might end up as landfill. Many veterinarians make provisions for cremation, either with other animals for a small fee, or individually for the rates of a professional service. Your vet can help alleviate the stresses of organising post-mortem matters.
- You can independently plan a cremation. The team at RSPCA Pets at Rest can help. Our team respectfully care for your pet’s remains with individual pet cremations and have many beautiful options for memorialising your pet.
- You can choose to bury your pet at your property. This can be a meaningful and meditative process for home owners able to do so.
- You can also contact your local council’s waste facility about possible disposal options at their site.