How to Bury a Dog

Its not a job we would relish but knowing how to bury a dog properly is pretty handy if you want to avoid problems.

God forbid that you are faced with burying a dog in the near future, but if you have to its as well you know how to do it properly.

Whilst there are plenty of pet cemetries around many people still prefer to bury their pet dog at home.

You must dig a hole at least four feet deep, this is to ensure that no wildlife can smell the dog as it decomposes and attempt to dig it up.

Think about an area that will remain undisturbed so not flowerbeds or areas that you may wish to build on,  erect garages, sheds on in the future.

Do not be tempted as many people are to bury your dog in a bin liner or other plastic material. It is much better to bury the animal wrapped in cloth, or if a small pet in a cardboard box, maybe a shoe box. This will help with decomposition.

Many of us in our lives will have to bury a dog or other family pet, so it is best to make sure you do it right and afford your family pet the dignity it deserves

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  1. anndavey650

    On January 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Very brave of you to tackle such a difficult subject. Well done.

  2. Larry Fish

    On January 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    It is a sad time when that dog that has loved us for years dies. I had my dog cremated and she is in an urn not far from my computer with the word inscribed on the urn, “If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk right up to heaven and bring you back again.”

  3. SowmyaT

    On January 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. BruceW

    On January 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I’d add one should consider putting a marker over the grave, as much for the benefit of people who buy the property after you as for yourself, so they don’t get a shock if they dig up some bones (especially if they panic and call the police, thinking they might be bones of a child).

  5. BruceW

    On January 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Might be worth putting a marker over the grave so future purchasers of the house and garden know and don’t panic if they dig up bones (which might seem obviously dog bones to you, but imagine if they weren’t dog owners and mistook them for child bones…)

  6. Sunny Kumar

    On January 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    nice i like dogs very much……..i must keep that in mind when i will go to purchase the dog…..

  7. The Quail 1957

    On January 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Interesting article. Creamation might be a better route to go? Ashes in urns are easily handled and stored.

  8. PSingh1990

    On January 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Nice Share


  9. youthinksokiddo

    On January 7, 2011 at 12:56 am

    good info, never thought about this as my pets haven’t reached that point yet

  10. learnandearn

    On January 7, 2011 at 1:30 am

    very interesting … i had to bury 3 thus far

  11. JoniJones

    On January 8, 2011 at 9:17 am

    nice info, i like your writing

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