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What to do with your dead pet?

Sorry this is quite a morbid post, but I was just curious.
I have a guinea pig that’s pushing 7 years old, and beginning to show the signs. Although he is in good condition, happy and active ect….it would surprise me if he sees another winter. If things ever got bad, naturally, I would take him to the vet, but, I was just wondering what you do if they die at home?
When I lived in the UK you could take that pet to animal services for a small fee, burry them in the garden (something I plan on never repeating after landscaping my mother’s garden years ago (still having the nightmares from that)) or take them to the vet for a very expensive fee?
Would appreciate your thoughts.
(before anyone suggests it: WE ARE NOT EATING THE GUINEA PIG !!)
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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

To the Kadaversammelstelle

Also. every commune in Canton Zurich has its own collecting place.
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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

You're technically not allowed to bury them in your garden ( although people still do) so that's not an option anyway especially if you're only renting.

The two options you have are either to take the animal to the vet for them to dispose of for a fee ( which didn't seem astronomical to me if you go for the communal cremation option and don't want the ashes back) or you take it to the local animal disposal place for your locality ( also for a fee),
Your Gemeinde/commune website should have details of the nearest place to you.

I asked the same question when we first arrived here over four years ago.

What do I do with a dead rabbit?
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You're technically not allowed to bury them in your garden ( although people still do) so that's not an option anyway especially if you're only renting.
Affoltern am Albis, you are allowed to bury animals up to 10 kg weight. Must be 2 feets under.

http://www.affoltern-am-albis.ch/dl....bfallarten.pdf
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Thank you, I knew there had to be somewhere, and I obviously didn't search for the right terms in google, but, I will slap my own wrist for not using common-sense and searching here, apologies for time wasting.
Snake.....Thought of the eating, didn't think snake......I have a friend with a python though....

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I asked the same question when we first arrived here over four years ago.
I looked on google, but, compleatly forgot to search here...sorry! my Mother bless her, burried all her pets in the garden....and forgot where they were, after taking the lawn off we used a rotervator to start leveling everything and found them, shallow graves....... so the garden was never an option, lol.

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Affoltern am Albis, you are allowed to bury animals up to 10 kg weight. Must be 2 feets under.

http://www.affoltern-am-albis.ch/dl....bfallarten.pdf
Here it is not allowed. We have promised our daughter that we will bury her beloved Dachshund at the bottom of our (large and rural) garden when he meets his maker, and we have chosen the spot together. And neihgbours have no objection and will NOT report us to the authorities. We are nowhere a stream either.

The main problem is foxes, badgers and other wild mamals in the area. Very unpleasant to find your beloved pet dug up by one of them- half-eaten and the rest left for you to find. So his grave will be quite deep, but more importantly, will be covered with large limestone rocks we have here to try and prevent the above. It happened to neighbours of ours, twice, in the UK- and the kids were bereft.
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I looked on google, but, compleatly forgot to search here...sorry! my Mother bless her, burried all her pets in the garden....and forgot where they were, after taking the lawn off we used a rotervator to start leveling everything and found them, shallow graves....... so the garden was never an option, lol.

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Sorry this is quite a morbid post, but I was just curious.
I have a guinea pig that’s pushing 7 years old, and beginning to show the signs. Although he is in good condition, happy and active ect….it would surprise me if he sees another winter. If things ever got bad, naturally, I would take him to the vet, but, I was just wondering what you do if they die at home?
When I lived in the UK you could take that pet to animal services for a small fee, burry them in the garden (something I plan on never repeating after landscaping my mother’s garden years ago (still having the nightmares from that)) or take them to the vet for a very expensive fee?
Would appreciate your thoughts.
(before anyone suggests it: WE ARE NOT EATING THE GUINEA PIG !!)
Your avatar holds a clue.
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You're technically not allowed to bury them in your garden
I think the ban on garden burial is only for larger animals such as cats and dogs. Very small animals are not covered by the ban. After all, rodents of that size die of natural causes all the time and nature can cope.
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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

Animals that die in the wild are never buried though- and are dealt with by other animals and birds of prey- they rarely have time to rot.

For info- I know it is not relevant for a guiney-pig. When our very large (other) dog dies, we will have to take her to a special déchetterie about 35 km away, for incineration (either Montmollin, or La Cahux-de-Fonds). The cost is 50CHF for normal incineration (plus transport there of course) or 200 for individual incineration. She is 40kg+ so burying her here is just not an option. Our French vet will come to put her to sleep if and when- and said he would take her away, but no idea of cost (she is 16, bless her).
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New dog, terrier, member of the family for less than a week:


"Where did he find that Cornish pastie, mom?"


"That's not a Cornish pastie, son. That's Tommy the tortoise. Remember him?"
I was just thinking of making oggies' for supper........hmmmmm not quite so enthusiastic about that now.

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Wouldn't fit, he's an "american teddy" breed and far too big to get round the U bend....the possabilities of a backwash are not so appealing!

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I think the ban on garden burial is only for larger animals such as cats and dogs. Very small animals are not covered by the ban. After all, rodents of that size die of natural causes all the time and nature can cope.
One of our rabbits was bigger than the cat.

As Odile says animals which die in the wild are usually dealt with pretty quickly and don't rot slowly in the ground with the potential to contaminate the ground water.
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Wouldn't fit, he's an "american teddy" breed and far too big to get round the U bend....the possabilities of a backwash are not so appealing!
I forgot - electric carving knives aren't so common, these days, like they were in the 70's.
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One of our rabbits was bigger than the cat.

As Odile says animals which die in the wild are usually dealt with pretty quickly and don't rot slowly in the ground with the potential to contaminate the ground water.
When I was a kid we lived near to some woods and regularly horrified our parents by brining home skulls of dead things, large and small. Once we even found a deer's skull complete with antlers. Dead animals don't magically disappear and are only "dealt with" by the authorities if they are in a location that is immediately visible. They don't regularly comb the undergrowth for dead animals.
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Organic waste bin no? Goldfish go down the toilet.

As a kid I used to rush through to the living room in the morning to see if my goldfish had died yet so that i could send them off to the sea.


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what would be the best to do with a dead parrot?
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what would be the best to do with a dead parrot?
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