This is not a topic any of us wants to discuss. While writing about this today, I heard that actress Jennifer Aniston's corgi/terrier mix died recently. At age 15, she felt it was his time. I am not sure whether or not he died at home, but it's a reminder that it can happen to any of us pet owners. (My condolences to Ms. Aniston, by the way.)
If you are a dog owner, it is important to understand that your dog might pass away at home. Even more, it's a good idea to know what to do about it, especially if your dog is a senior. My own aging dog sleeps so deeply these days that I often find myself checking to see if she is breathing. Though I'm not sure I'll ever be ready to let her go, I can only hope that she goes that peacefully when the time comes.
The details might be hard to read (trust me, they were hard to write), but I have put together these guidelines discussing the practical steps to take if your dog dies at home (like handing the body). In truth, it's probably a good idea to know what to do before this happens to you. After all, who is in the right frame of mind to be searching the internet immediately after the death of a beloved pet?
On the subject of preparing yourself for the death of a pet, it is also a pretty good idea to think about aftercare before your pet dies. It may seem a bit morbid, but familiarizing yourself now with aftercare options like pet cremation and pet burial will make the choice easier later on. Some companies even offer advance packages, if that's the kind of thing you prefer. I suppose it's not a bad idea, but I can't help thinking I'd be tempting fate (call me superstitious).