Dog cremation and burial



It can be traumatic to make decisions after the shock of a death, so try to plan ahead. If you have warning of your dog’s imminent death discuss your options with you vet. How to dispose of your dog’s remains is a personal decision. Some people will be happy for the vet to dispose of them, while others will want to have them close by, burying them in the garden or keeping the ashes. Do not let friends or relatives who might not understand, influence your decision. It is important to grieve in a way you feel is appropriate.


Burying your dog yourself in your garden, can be a very personal way to put him to rest. It can also be a comfort to have him close by.

If you choose to bury your dog in your garden, you should check with your local authority that this is permitted and what the regulations are. Do not bury him in a plastic sheet or bag, as this can prevent the natural decaying process - consider instead burying him in his favourite blanket. You can mark the grave with a headstone or plant something at the spot.

A pet cemetery may be a more expensive option, but they will offer a complete service. They can also sell coffins and headstones and some even arrange a funeral or memorial service. This will allow you to bury your dog somewhere you can visit, without the potential legal issues of home burial. In addition, if you move house you will still be able to visit.


The cremation of pets is a popular method of disposal as it is a practical, hygienic and dignified process. This is likely to be the method used by your vet if you have left your dog’s body with him. In this case a communal cremation is likely and he/she will probably be buried in the crematorium grounds.

Most veterinary offices will have a professional relationship with a pet crematory and can advise and help you make arrangements.

If you wish to keep your dog’s ashes ask your vet or crematorium. In this case an individual cremation will need to be arranged. You will receive the ashes along with a certificate guaranteeing that they belong solely to your dog.

Most crematories will be able to offer a selection of urns or ornamental boxes for you to keep the cremains in. You may choose to keep your dog’s ashes close, or you may choose to scatter them somewhere special. Some crematoriums may have a memorial garden where they can be placed.

If you do not wish to keep the cremains you may wish to chose a communal cremation - this means your dog will be cremated with other animals.

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