Whether it’s the result of a long period of illness or a sudden accident, the death of your pet at home can be a traumatic event for the whole family.

You may be preparing to say goodbye to your sick or senior pet, or in search of some urgent advice following the unexpected death of your loyal companion. Either way, we're here to support you at every step of the way.

There are a number of things to consider when your pet dies at home. Don’t worry, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Take a look at what to expect below and what to do if you find yourself at home following the death of your treasured pet.

If your pet dies at home, stay calm and follow the below do's and don'ts.

DO make sure that the pet is deceased.

Animals often sleep very still for long periods. Find their pulse or listen for breathing.

DO contact your vet as soon as possible.

Inform them of your intentions to cremate your pet with Patch & Purr, if you have not already.

DO place a towel under the tail and mouth of your pet.

This will protect flooring and furnishings. If your pet dies with their legs stretched out, gently fold them in closer to the body if they haven’t already stiffened. This will make the body easier to move in the future.

DO let other pets smell the deceased pet.

By allowing the pet to sniff their friend’s body, it will help them to understand what has happened and they can start to grieve.

DON’T leave your pet in a warm place.

If possible, wrap the pet in a couple of plastic bags and move to a cool, dry place such as a garage.

DON’T try to handle it alone.

The death of a pet isn’t easy, particularly if your companion dies in your home when you are alone. Call a friend or family member for help in your time of need.

DON’T move larger pets without assistance.

After 3-4 hours, the pet’s body will stiffen and it may be difficult to move alone.

DON’T leave your pet on carpet or a sofa.

Their body may begin to expel fluids as the muscles relax, which may cause stains. Move your pet's body to a cold stone floor, in a garage or utility room, as this will keep it cool.

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.

Man with cat touching noses

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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