Anyone who has a pet knows that they become part of the family. So, when they die or get put down, it’s difficult to say goodbye. However, pet cremation can make it easier for you and your family as you can bring them home again, where they belong.
Read on to learn about the pet cremation process, prices, and other options you have when your beloved pet passes away.
Pet cremation has become popular in recent years as a final disposition for beloved pets after their death. Of course, burial is still an option, but it is more costly compared to cremation. Another key benefit of cremating your pet is the ability to take it back home.
Cremating a pet allows many people who do not bury their pet to give them the respect they deserve after death. It also allows the owners to visit their pets’ remains whenever they want since they will not have to drive to a pet cemetery. It’s also a great option if you aren’t able to bury your pet on your own land because of local laws.
How Pet Cremation Works
Pet cremation services work similar to human cremation services, but of course, since this is a pet, there are key differences. One of the most significant differences is the actual way we cremate them. Our pets will go through a flame-based cremation, whereas there is a shift happening toward alkaline hydrolysis cremation for humans.
Flame-based cremation happens how the name states — cremation by using extremely high heat flames. The time to cremate a pet depends on the pet’s size but can take anywhere from 30 minutes up to 2 hours. In this process, they cremate the pet to ashes and bone fragments.
If the bone fragments are still large, they cremate them again to make them even smaller before putting them in a protective bag. After this, they put the bag in the container you choose, whether that be an urn or some other type of container.
Most of this is very similar to how humans are cremated, except for one part: you can choose to have your pet cremated communally or privately.
When your pet passes away naturally, or you have to put it down, you are usually in a state of grief. Most owners get a bit of a shock when the vet or crematory staff offer the choice of having your pet cremated alongside other pets. This is confusing to most people, as they have never thought of this as an option.
Communal cremation is cremating more than one pet together at the same time. However, choosing to have your pet communally cremated is a lot less expensive, sometimes by more than half. The downside of communal cremation is that you cannot assure that the ashes you are bringing home are just your pet.
Private cremation is a little more costly; however, most owners find this investment worth the peace of mind that the ashes you are taking home are your pet and just your pet. A private cremation means, of course, that your pet will be cremated alone, but also in a clean cremator, so no other ashes are there.
Some crematoriums also offer for pet owners to watch the initial part of the cremation process. Every crematorium is different, so it’s a good idea to get more information from them on what they offer.
Pet Cremation Prices
Pet cremation cost varies with different pets. The most popular types of pets that are cremated are cats, dogs, and even horses, but most pet crematoriums can cremate most pets. Like Lawnswood, some crematories base the price of cremation on the weight of the pet, while others break it down by domestic pets and horses or other non-domestic pets.
Places that base the price on the pet’s size usually range sizes from under 1 kg to over 40 kg. They then have another category for non-domestic pets and the weight of those pets.
Other places will give you a base rate for your domestic pet and a base rate for your non-domestic pet.
Both prices will change based on it either being communal or private; they also base it on what you choose to place your pet in.
Last Resting Place Choices
You have many choices when you have cremated your pet for how you will put them to rest. If you want to bury your cremated pet, you can choose an inexpensive box that will be perfect for burying. However, if you want to put them on display, there is an array of urns and boxes to choose from.
If you are looking for a piece to put on the mantel, there are great options of urns and boxes that come engraved with your pet’s name, or with a picture of your pet, or even both. If you are looking to keep them closer to you, you can also have their ashes made into jewelry.
Popular types of jewelry for a cremated pet are necklaces so that your pet is close to your heart, key chains to put on your keys or purse, so you know they are with you wherever you go, or you can even have their ashes made into a diamond.
The choice you make for their last resting place is also something that you will discuss with either the vet or the crematorium staff.
A furry friend dying can be one of the saddest days of your life, but have peace of mind that they are now in a better place. It’s hard to think about burying or cremating them, however, it is a choice that has to be made.
If you find it hard to say goodbye, then pet cremation is the best choice for you. This way, you will bring them home and have them with you.
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