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.
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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