When it’s time to say goodbye to your beloved pet, you might be tempted to just dig a hole in your backyard and lay them there to rest. But this poses certain risks to other pets and the environment.
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Most pets are put to sleep with an extremely concentrated anaesthetic agent, which results in a very peaceful death (hence the term euthanasia, which means “good death”).
However this drug, pentobarbital, persists in the buried body of the pet for up to a year. Any animal scavenging on the remains will be poisoned by the euthanasia solution.
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