Burial of a pet: the rules

Any owner of a pet can wonder if he has the right to bury it in his garden. When an animal is seriously ill, its master takes it to a veterinarian. And if the disease he is suffering from is incurable, this veterinarian offers euthanasia. This package may include the burial of the animal in a common grave or in a private vault, or the cremation and delivery of an urn to the owner. On the other hand, when an animal dies a natural death, it most often happens in its home. The owner of the animal may therefore be tempted to bury it in his garden. But if he wants to, he has to abide by the health rules in the area. Note that the procedures are not the same for an owner and a tenant of land. It is always advisable to be well informed before considering burying an animal in a private place.

Funeral of a pet: what are the rules?

First of all, it is important to remember that it is strictly forbidden to dispose of the body of a pet by throwing it in a private or public rubbish bin. Violators will be fined 3,750 euros. To know if we can bury one Dog, a cat or other pet in a garden, you need to know its weight. Under 40 kg, the owner of a garden has the right to bury his animal on his land. Nevertheless, he must take certain precautions before doing so. The department’s health regulations impose a minimum distance of 35 meters between the burial site and the dwelling. The soil must be dug to a minimum depth of 120 cm. In addition, it is necessary to add burnt lime around the body, use biodegradable materials to cover it and keep the body away from water sources. These measures are intended to avoid contamination of soil and water by decomposing the corpse.

The landlord must request permission from his owner before burying an animal in his garden. In addition to 40 kg, the rules are no longer the same. The death of the animal must be declared no later than two days after its death. The owner must use the services of a destruction company. It is essential to respect this Regulation by imposing a fine. For information, call the town hall in the municipality on which the home depends.

Funeral of a pet: what are the alternatives?

The most economical solution is to choose burying in the garden for small animals. It can be very expensive to perform services, especially for a large animal. But to avoid the hassle, because not everyone has burnt lime available, nor room to respect the statutory distances, the simplest thing is sometimes to go to the vet. The latter can take care of the burial or cremation of a dog, a cat or another animal. Prices vary depending on the service. Burial in a mass grave is cheapest. The location can also be private, such as at a pet cemetery. Finally, the most practical solution is combustion performed by the veterinarian. The owner of the animal can thus collect the ashes in an urn. The latter is often aesthetic and can be stored inside an apartment or a house. The urn can also be buried in a garden, but you must be careful to follow the rules. Use of quicklime is not required as the leftovers are burnt.

Bury a pet in a pet cemetery

If the garden is not long enough to consider burying a small or medium-sized animal such as Australian Shepherd, the most appropriate solution is to go to an animal cemetery. In fact, those who want to bury their animals in a garden are often looking for a place to gather. The cemetery is therefore an excellent alternative. It is so much the more that many people move home more than once in their lives. Choosing the animal cemetery over the private garden is therefore a good idea. The master can visit the tomb in this way Dog or chat as often and for as long as he wants. The rules are like those of a human cemetery. You must pay a concession and maintain the animal’s grave. Several animals can be buried in the same vault. It is also possible to store an urn in an animal cemetery. Regarding the choice of urn and shroud, it is important to choose biodegradable materials that are more environmentally friendly and that facilitate the decomposition of the residues.

(By the editorial staff at the hREF bureau)

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