Deciding what to do with a beloved pet’s remains after they have passed away can be a difficult and emotional decision.

There are a few options available including home burial, pet cemetery burial, or cremation.

For some, burying their pet or its ashes at home where they are close by and in familiar surroundings can offer some comfort.

If you do decide to bury your pet at home, there are a few things you should know first.

  • UK law states you can only bury your pet in the garden of the house it lived in if you own the house, not in rented property.
  • You may not be able to bury your pet at home if its remains are deemed to be hazardous to human health. This could be due to medications that it was given if it was unwell prior to passing away.
  • It is best to bury your pet as soon as possible after rigor mortis has set in. But if this is not possible then the body should be either frozen or, if you are going to bury them later that day, stored at a temperature of 4 degrees or below.
  • Whilst waiting to bury your pet, wrap the body in a waterproof material to protect from bodily fluids.
  • Pets should be buried in a hole that is at least three feet deep.
  • Your pet should be wrapped in a biodegradable material like newspaper, cardboard or a towel.

Burying your pet at home can be less stressful and more personal as it allows everyone that loved the animal to have a say in what happens to the remains at each stage of the process.

It can also be comforting to be able to look out your window and see the spot where they are buried.

At Buckley Memorials we offer a range of pet memorials which can be engraved with a special message and placed in the area where your pet rests as a lasting tribute to their memory.