This is my first time to the website and my first time posting. I have a terminally ill (cancer) 14 yr old female Siberian Husky and the time has come to let her go. I am having my vet come to the house in a couple days to euthanize her. I have decided to bury her here and as such have already prepared a grave for her about 3-4 ft deep. I had initially planned on simply wrapping her in one of her blankets and spreading some lime over her body before covering her with earth.
However, my vet has suggested I wrap her body in a plastic bag as well and seal it tightly before burying her. I am confused and unsure what to do. My heart tells me to follow my initial plan and not wrap her in plastic. But, my head tells me I should listen to what my vet tells me and use a plastic bag. If anyone has any advice on how to properly bury her I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance for any replies.
Very sorry for your loss. 14 yrs is a good long life for a husky.
I am not sure why your vet suggested a plastic bag. I was thinking maybe it is so other animals cannot smell her and then try to dig her up. 4-5 foot deep hole should be deep enough to prevent that from happening I would think. I know when people do this at my work and then take their pets home with them we always suggest a plastic bag for transport mainly because as the animal passes, in some cases any urine or bowels can and sometimes do leak out. It is distressing enough to go through the procedure without then having to deal with them messing up the car and themselves. However since you are doing it at home, I wouldn't think that would be as big of an issue.
Thank you for the response and for the kind words. Yes, she's had a good long life. I have a male Husky as well that's 6 months younger and in great health. Needless to say he will not take her absence well.
From what I understood the primary reason for the plastic bag suggestion by my vet was regarding keeping the odor minimized. However, due to the location and depth of the grave, and the use of lime, I have no concerns whatsoever regarding any scavengers. If there's no other reason to use a plastic bag other than for that alone I guess I will go with my original plan. Thank you again for responding.
honestly, I wouldnt worry about a bag. The bigger issue is to make sure your hold is at least 5ft deep. In most areas it is illegal to bury a pet on your property. Mainly due to most people do not dig a hole big enough. I did it years ago at my parents house, with my sheltie. I did a 5ft hole, lime and everything was fine. You really have to make sure other animals can not smell and dig the dog back up.
I now prefer to have them privately cremated and then the boxes sit on a shelf with a picture.
I am sorry for your loss, and may time ease you and your other dogs pain.