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What to Do if your Dog Dies

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: May 1, 2018
What to Do if your Dog Dies

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"What to do if my dog dies" is something that no owner or animal lover wants to have to deal with. Sometimes, after years of companionship, the death of a pet still catches us by surprise even after seeing it reach old age.

We are very sorry if this has happened to you. As such, we at AnimalWised want to help you by offering you some tips or guidelines for you to follow. We know how important a pet can be, and also that this is a delicate and very personal moment that can be difficult to deal with. Read on to learn what to do if your dog dies.

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  1. Call the register
  2. Services
  3. Mourning a pet

Call the register

We understand that you'll need some time to get over it, and that the death of your pet can be as tragic as that of any other loved one. It is important that you take the time to come to terms with the situation.

First, you'll need to call the registry office where your dog is registered. Pet licenses depend on each country's legal system, so the place where you should call (local, regional, or state agency) depends on where you live.

What to Do if your Dog Dies - Call the register


Once you have reported the death to the pet registry, you have two options:

  • Calling municipal services
  • Calling a pet undertaker

Municipal services will remove the body of your pet, although the best option is undoubtedly to go to a pet undertaker who will allow you to cremate your friend and keep its ashes, if that's what you want.

There are many people who choose to keep their pet's ashes. A dignified, elegant and subtle option is to purchase a personalized, high-quality urn to forever remember your faithful friend.

What to Do if your Dog Dies - Services
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Mourning a pet

Although death is part of the natural process of life, it's true that such a situation is difficult to accept. Try to be positive and remember all the adventures you've shared with your pet, the good times it gave you, and always remember the great friendship that you shared.

Sometimes, after such a loss, many owners don't ever want to go through it again. However, we at AnimalWised want to remind you of the number of dogs that live in kennels and shelters around the world.

If you have got over mourning for your pet, don't hesitate in thinking about adopting a homeless dog that has no definite fate or companion as good and loving as you could be.

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