An older couple holding a farewell card for their dog Tessie

Essential Care

For Your Deceased Pet At Home

Take the first steps

Although it is not an easy thing to think about or discuss, it is important that you know what to do if your pet dies at home and will be in your care for an unknown amount of time. Essential care is required as soon as possible to ensure that their body is kept in the best condition possible. Keep in mind that the hotter the temperature is, the faster a body will start to break down and this can occur immediately after death.

  • You may wish to wear gloves if you have to move your pet’s body as bodily fluids can be released upon death.

  • Place your pet on a towel, bed sheet or blanket and arrange them on their side in a curled-up position, as if they were sleeping. Wrap the fabric around them so they are covered. If you do not wish to cover their face then we recommend you place some type of netting over that part of their body to keep insects at bay.

  • Ensure that your pet is moved to the coolest part of your home. If you have air-conditioning we recommend that this is turned down as low as possible to help keep them cool.

  • You may also want to burn a fragranced candle to mask any odours.

  • If you are unsure about your pet’s final resting place and you think you may need some time to make a decision, we recommend you place them in a tub or plastic bag and place them in a refrigerator or freezer.

  • If at any stage you feel that their body is deteriorating, contact your pet aftercare company for immediate assistance.