What if my pet dies at home?

Dealing with a pet dying at home

If your pet suddenly dies at home, and your vet is unavailable, Patch and Purr offers 24-hour phone service and support on 1300 XXX XXX.

How much does your pet cremation service cost?

Pricing explained

Pricing information is available on our pricing page or you can call us or request an information packet. You can alternatively speak with your Vet, be sure to ask which crematory facility is used and if they provide a choice of crematories. It is your pet so the choice ultimately belongs to you.

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 dos 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.

More Help & Advice

Some ideas about what to do when a pet dies, whether following a long-term illness or as a result of a planned euthanasia.

When a Pet Dies at the Vet

What to do if your loyal companion passes away at the clinic.

What to Expect at a Pet Cremation

Prepare yourself and your family for the final farewell at Patch & Purr.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve got any questions about pet cremation, choosing an urn or vet support, take a look at our FAQs to find the answer.