How long does it take for a buried dog to decompose?

How long does it take for a buried dog to decompose?

This article is for those dog owners whose dogs have recently passed away and they need to bury them and know how long would it take that a buried dog to decompose when underground along with some additional tips on how to and where to bury them, this article will also help those who have a dead dog on their land.

How Long Would It Take For A Buried Dog To Decompose?

If you are going to bury your dog deep underground it might take 6 months to 18 years to fully decompose. Moreover, if the dog is left above the ground it will decompose quicker as the scavengers, maggots, flies, and climate conditions will accelerate the decomposition.  Buried dog decomposition speed revolves around the deepness of burial, climate, and whether the dog was wrapped or not.


You should keep in mind that there are various factors affecting the decomposition process.  I’m mentioning those factors here,

  • Was the dog buried deep enough or was the grave shallow?
  • Whether the buried dog was wrapped when buried, was in a coffin, or wasn’t wrapped at all?
  • The dog was buried underground or left above?
  • The type of soil you’ll choose to bury the dog as different kinds of soils have different levels of ph. So make sure you’re going to choose the right kind of soil. Not too soft not too gritty.
  • Kind of temperature and climate will impact the decomposition process as well.
  • The size of the dog matters, as larger dogs will take much more time to decompose than smaller ones.


Rate Of Decomposition And Time:

Burying the dead dog with nothing over it, no wrapping or coffin will aggravate the decomposition process (up to 6 months or a year)  as compared to the one where you will bury it in a plastic coffin or a wrapping of any kind (it might take up to 18 years!). In the case of the latter one, 18 years is the standard time for complete decomposition of the bones in soil.


Let’s Now Catch Up On The Fact That Where We Should Bury A Dead Dog:

Select a part of your land where there will be no flower beds, water pipes, water sources, the soil should be moderate there. Doing these assures that your dead dog won’t get disturbed in the future.


How To Bury A Dead Dog?

How To Bury A Dead Dog

Burying a dead dog accordingly includes these steps,

  • Dig 2 feet down but in the case of softer soil, you must dig at least 3 feet down for best results.
  • Make sure the digging would not hit any pipes or utility lines below the ground.
  • Fill the last 6 inches of the burial spot with stones. Proceeding to spread soil over it and ending this by laying rock slabs. This will ensure no scavengers or animals would dig up the grave.


Conclusion: Following the above-mentioned steps will surely help you with the burial while ending any question regarding decomposition.

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