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What to do when a pet dies: a practical guide

The loss of a pet is a painful and often overwhelming event. These beings become part of our family, and their passing leaves a significant void. If you find yourself in this situation, it is important to handle it with care and follow certain practical and emotional steps.

Immediate Steps After the Passing

  1. Contact your veterinarian: If your pet dies at home, your veterinarian can guide you on the next steps and help you with the necessary paperwork.
  2. Handling the body: Use latex gloves to handle the body and wrap it in a blanket or towel. If cremation is the chosen option, remove any collar or item of clothing.
  3. Decision on final resting place: Decide whether you prefer cremation or burial. Some opt for pet funeral services, while others prefer crematories that offer individual or collective services. Legal Procedures According to Animal Welfare Law

In accordance with Article 26 of the Animal Welfare Law, the deregistration of a companion animal due to death must be accompanied by a document certifying its incineration or burial by a company officially recognized for these activities. It is necessary to record the identification number of the deceased animal and the details of the responsible party.

Dealing with Grief

Grieving is a personal process and can include stages of denial, guilt, anger, and sadness. Allow yourself to feel and express these emotions. Talking about your feelings and remembering the good times can be therapeutic. If you have children, explain the situation to them with honesty and sensitivity.

Legal and Practical Considerations

Notification: It is mandatory to notify local authorities and the pet registry.

Burial and Cremation: It is not permitted to bury your pet in the garden without the proper permits. Cremation must be performed by an authorized company, and you must keep the document certifying the service.

Tips for a New Beginning

Over time, you might consider adopting another pet. Do it gradually and without comparisons. Take care of the emotional well-being of any other pets in the home, as they will also feel the loss.


The death of a pet is never easy, but handling it with care, respect, and in accordance with the law can help honor their memory and facilitate your grieving process. Almascotas, with facilities in Figueres and Granollers, offers a complete pet cremation service, ensuring a respectful and dignified farewell for your faithful companion. Their team will guide you through the process and provide individual or collective cremation options, in addition to helping with all the necessary legal and practical considerations.

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