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My Boston Terrier Died at Home, What Should I Do?

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My dog Rose died at home November last year in the middle of the night.  When the vet’s office opened in the morning, we called and asked them for directions on how to get her cremated.

Immediate Concerns

Depending on your decision, you may have to keep the body in your home for a short period of time, particularly if the death has occurred at night. A well-cooled body can be held for up to 24 hours, but as this is difficult to maintain in a home, the sooner it can be taken somewhere else, the better.

  • Placing the wrapped animal in a refrigerator or freezer is recommended, with one exception-if you plan to have a necropsy performed to determine cause of death, the body should not be frozen (refrigeration is still okay). It is essential that you contact a veterinarian as soon as possible if you would like a necropsy.
  • If the animal is too big to be put into a refrigerator or freezer, the body should be placed on a cement floor or concrete slab-a cool, concrete floor is the best way to draw heat away from the carcass. Do not cover or wrap the body in this instance. Doing so will trap in heat and not allow the body temperature to cool..
  • As a last resort, if neither refrigeration nor concrete floors are options, you may keep the body in the coldest area of your home, out of the sun, packed with bags of ice. In this case, the body should be placed in a plastic bag to prevent it from getting wet.
    The body will not decompose immediately, so there is no need to worry about odor. Also, contrary to common belief, other pets in the household will not be traumatized by seeing the body.

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In answering, my Boston Terrier Died at home, what should I do, I had her cremated by the local humane society and paid extra so that we could get her ashes back.  I still miss her.

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