What To Do With A Dead Puppy

Puppies, the cutest little things after our growing kids, over the billions of people globally, 33% of the total mass are dog owners, and you hardly find a street or an area without a dog or two.

Puppies, the cutest little things after our growing kids, over the billions of people globally, 33% of the total mass are dog owners, and you hardly find a street or an area without a dog or two.

The conception or the birth of a puppy is a breathtaking and wonderful sight to behold, and the joy it brings is immeasurable. 

On the other hand, the death of a puppy has an opposite effect; it is disheartening both to the puppy’s mother and the pet owner. 

Since female dogs give birth to multiple offspring at a time, many factors come to play in the survival rate of each puppy; it is pretty common to lose one or two puppies as things don’t always work out best during and after delivery.

If you happen to have lost a puppy recently, my condolences to you and the family. In this article, I will provide you with a guide and some advice on what to do with a dead puppy, all from my experience;

But first, I’ll share some information to clear you of any guilt as most times, there’s nothing you could have done better as a pet owner to prevent the death of a puppy.

What Is A Stillborn Puppy?

A puppy is said to be stillborn when it dies before birth. The death will occur within the womb and, in most cases, can affect the whole litter or just one of them.

Stillbirth sometimes happens due to complications that you, as a pet owner, had nothing to do with, so do not blame yourself.

Sometimes when a puppy dies in the womb, it might begin to decay, and surgery has to be done immediately to remove the decaying puppy; if this isn’t done on time, the mother might have a severe health condition or die.

Your primary responsibility as a pet owner is to always schedule regular checks with a vet for your pregnant dog; this exponentially reduces the chances of stillbirth occurring.

That aside, almost every animal experiences stillbirth. It is more common, though, in animals that give birth to more than one offspring.

In some rare cases, a stillborn puppy may interfere with the birthing process causing birthing complications to the mother. 

What To Do With A Dead Puppy?

When a puppy dies, it is best first to separate it from other household pets to prevent any disease spread if death was caused by one, then proceed to visit a vet to find out the cause of death, and lastly, give it a proper funeral through cremation or burying.

Here’s some advice on how to go about handling the whole dead puppy situation:

Ensure that the Dam (Puppy’s Mother) spends time with her dead puppy before the funeral.

It is not easy battling with the loss of one’s loved one, especially when the lost one means a lot. 

The dam (another name for a puppy’s mother) needs to spend at least some time with her dead puppy to acknowledge that it is dead to help her get over it. 

This will help the dog be aware of her offspring’s condition and reduce any form of anxiety it might start to experience. 

It should be done for about ten to fifteen minutes, then safely remove the puppy with the aid of disposable gloves when you notice the mother isn’t paying attention to it.

In cases where the puppy’s death is determined to have been caused by a disease, it’s best to skip this step and proceed directly to a funeral to protect the mother and other household pets from getting infected and following the same fate.

Isolate the dead puppy from other puppies even before visiting a veterinary doctor

The dead puppy shouldn’t be allowed to come in contact with other puppies as most times, the cause of death is unknown at the time of conception or death except in the presence of a veterinary doctor.

If the dead puppy’s disease is contagious, there’s a slim possibility that it’ll spread and infect the healthy ones. 

Keeping the dead puppy away from the remaining puppies is essential as you wouldn’t want another loss to occur.

After proper isolation is done, you’d have to sanitize the environment properly with a disinfectant to get rid of germs.

Cremate or Bury the dead puppy

You can either choose to dispose of the puppy’s body by cremation (burning it and storing its ashes) or by burying it underground.

If you’ve chosen to cremate the body of the puppy, you can burn the remains of the puppy in an incinerator; just make sure you do it properly. (You can outsource this to professionals if you’re not experienced).

And if you’ve chosen to bury the puppy, make sure the ground is dug at least 5 feet max, so other animals won’t be able to dig the dead body out.

Funerals make it easier to have the poor puppy find rest in your heart and less difficult to let go. 

The pet burial can be done in a pet cemetery or a personal area of land you own. You can visit the cemetery from time to time to drop flowers and tend to the grasses at the graveside. 

Give the mother attention.

The loss of the puppy on the dam wouldn’t be easy to bear, so at this time, you’ll have to give her proper attention.

Dams tend to be very sentimental and might act irrationally for the first few days. Still, as a pet owner, you have a responsibility to be as understanding as possible. Take good care of her and don’t neglect her; she needs to be fed at the right time and also allowed to not go through any form of stress. 

Over a short period, she’ll be able to heal and get over the loss.

After these steps have been followed correctly, things will start to fall into place, and the dam will be very active and healthy.

You can also have a vet examine all the other puppies and their mother just in case of possible disease spreads.


Losing a pet, whether it is a puppy or not, is something every pet owner will come to struggle with at one point in their lifetime; having experienced this many times myself, I hope you find the information provided in the article helpful in handling the death of a puppy.

If you have any questions or comments relating to this article, please do well to leave a message, and I’ll respond to it as soon as I can. 


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