It’s a sad fact that dogs don’t live forever! If that day has come for you and your family, it’s a sorrowful time, and I understand how you feel. I know this all so well. So let’s have a look at your options and how you can keep within the law.
Yes, in the UK, you can legally bury your dog on the grounds of the home where they lived. However, the land must be owned and not rented, must not be buried near a water source, and the deceased dog must not be deemed hazardous to human health.
The Animal By-Products Regulations 2013 covers deceased pets in the UK.
What makes a dead dog hazardous to human health
- Taking of specific medication before death
Please call your veterinarian for further details on whether or not your dog is deemed hazardous due to medication that he or she was taking prior to their death.
Must Own The Land
If you don’t own your land, then, unfortunately, your not suppose to bury your dog in the garden. However, there are other burials you can do, like a cremation. Call your vets for further information.
The Dog Must Of Live In The House
The dog that dies must have been living in the house to bury them in the garden. You’re not supposed to bury them in a friend or other member of the families garden.
Bast Practices when burying your dead dog
- The grave must be at least two feet of earth above the dog in heavy soil and three feet in lighter soil.
If your dog lay’s down and is a foot tall laying on its side, you would need to dig a hole at least three feet and four feet down for lighter soil.
- Wrap your dog in either a blanket, towel or something biodegradable. Never wrap them in plastic. There are also biodegradable coffins you can use to bury your dog.
Can I take my dog home with me if he dies at the vets?
Yes, you can take them home with you, as long as the vet doesn’t deem your dog a health hazard.
If you cannot bury your beloved dog in your back garden for any of the above reasons and do not want your dog cremated, you can also consider a private pet cemetery.
A professional service that gives your dog the utmost respect and a wonderful send-off. They also can collect your dog from their last resting place take them to the onsite chapel, whether this is a veterinary surgery, at home or in the kennels. They will do their very best to accommodate you at this difficult time.
Are you visiting us from the US? Wondering if you can bury your dog in the backyard? Check this article found here. Emergency Vet USA have written up on all 52 states. Each state has their own rules and regulations on burying a pet that you should follow.
Many dog owners struggle to deal with the death of their beloved pet, and it can be just as difficult for them as losing a family member. Some people may not understand how deeply you feel sadness after your dog has passed away, but remember, many do have that same experience and know what it feels like. I do! My Jack Russell called Pippy passed just over a year now, and he was my best friend. However, time is a healer, and things will get better.
Please don’t worry or think of yourself as being weak for feeling alone in this emotional time. Grieving an animal is natural. Your dog will always hold a special space within your heart.
There are plenty of support networks out there that can also help. I have listed below the very best one around.
BlueCross provides free, confidential support for anyone struggling to cope with the death of their dog.
Pet Bereavement Support Service:
0800 096 6606
Open every day 8.30 am-8.30 pm
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will reply within 48 hours.
Remember to talk with your friends and family, think about the happy times that you had with your dog.
Cherish those memories!
About the Author
Teresa has been a pet lover since she was little. She currently lives with two dogs and two cats, and a hamster. Teresa is a qualified dog groomer and canine behaviourist; these days, she spends her time studying canine nutrition. Teresa is the founder of the Dog Friendly Scene and loves sharing her knowledge on pets.