Regardless of how much you plan ahead, you can never foresee what will happen when your pet dies.

You may feel a myriad of emotions, from denial to anger, sadness and desperation. At Patch & Purr, we’re here to support you when your loyal friend is no longer by your side. Whether your pet dies unexpectedly at home or as a result of a planned euthanasia process, the grief of losing your best friend is always the same.

Explore our guides below for dealing with the unexpected, navigating the aftermath and the practicalities of your pet’s passing.

When a pet dies

When a pet dies at home

What to do (and not to do) when your pet passes away at home, including moving the body, what to do with other pets and how to cope in the moment.

When a pet dies at the vet

Whether as a result of a planned euthanasia procedure or following a problematic operation, here’s what to do if your pet dies at the vet clinic. 


Your questions answered. Our expert team have answered common questions about pet cremations, euthanasia and grief. Find comfort in the fact that you're not alone.

Grief factsheets

If you’re in need of some extra support in the days and weeks following your pet’s death, take a look at these handy guides written by leading figure in grief and empathy education and author of When Pets Die: It's Alright to Grieve, Doris Zagdanski.

How to know when it's time to say goodbye

When a beloved family pet becomes ill, you may be considering euthanasia.

Explaining a pet's death to children

Support the smaller members of your family after the loss of a pet. Learn the right thing to say when they're at their lowest point.

Looking after your senior pet

Ways to support your friend in their old age.

Some thoughts to comfort you

For when your pet is no longer by your side.

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Contact us

Patch & Purr offers pet cremations for when your loved one is no longer by your side, but forever in your heart.

We strive to treat your loyal friend with the care and respect they deserve at every step of the way. Call us 24/7 on 1300 112 711 or use the contact form below to speak to a Patch & Purr team member.


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