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Pet Cremation Process
Pet Cremation Process           Types of Pet Cremation
 About Pet Urns                    Euthanasia of a Pet

Pet Cremation Process

The pet cremation process begins with the placement of the deceased pet in the cremation chamber where it is subjected to intense heat and flame reaching temperatures between 1400 and 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.  All substances are consumed except bone fragments (calcium compounds) and/or metal, that was not removed prior to cremation as the temperature is not sufficient to consume them.

During the cremation process it may be necessary to open the cremation chamber and reposition the deceased pet in order to facilitate a complete and thorough cremation.

The time for cremation to be completed varies with the size and weight of each pet's remains, but usually takes between 45 minutes to 2 hours.

Following a cooling period, the cremated remains are then swept or raked from the cremation chamber.  Every effort is made to remove all pet remains.  However, a small residue may remain in the cremation chamber, resulting in incidental commingling with other cremated remains.

After the cremated remains are removed from the cremation chamber.  All non-combustible materials that have not been removed prior to cremation, will be separated and removed from the bone fragments by visible or magnetic selection and will be disposed of by the crematory in a non-recoverable manner.

Once the bone fragments have been separated from other material, they may be furthere processed to reduce the size of the bone fragments to uniform particles.

Cremated remains, depending on the bone structure of the pet, will weigh from 1 to 5 pounds, and are usually white in color, but can be other colors due to temperature variations and other factors.

The crematory should be provided with a cremation urn in which the cremated remains will be placed.  If no cremation urn is provided or the cremation urn is not large enough to hold the cremains (ashes), the crematory will place the cremains (ashes) or any excess in a container made of plastic, light metal, cardboard, unfinished wood, or other suitable material to hold the remains until a cremation urn is acquired or the cremated remains are scattered.

Types of Pet Cremation

Communal Pet Cremation
Communal cremation is when multiple pets are simultaneously cremated and their ashes disposed of on private cemetery grounds or taken to a local landfill.

Private Pet Cremation
A private cremation is when 2, 3, or maybe 4 pets are cremated at the same time, but are physically separated by space or cremation bricks.  The pets cremains (ashes) are then removed from the crematory in reverse order to retain the integrity of the private cremation.  The cremains (ashes) are then generally processed in a commercial blender to attain a fine ash consistency and eliminate visible bone fragments.  Private cremations reduce the cost associated with "Individual" cremations described below.

Individual or Priority Pet Cremation
Individual or Priority Pet Cremation is one pet in one cremation unit at a time.  Pure and simple, it is what most pet owners expect.  Be sure to ask your provider for what type of service you are receiving.  You deserve to know how your pet's cremation will be preformed before the decision is made.

Pet Cremation Urns

Pet cremation urns are typically decorative cremation containers that are designed to honor the memory of your beloved pet.

There are different sized pet cremation urns available to hold the remains of various sized pets.  The industry standard in the sizing of a cremation urn is one cubic inch of space for every one pound of healthy weight of your pet.  Example:  If your pet weighed 75 lbs. you would need an urn with a minimum of 75 cubic inches of space inside.  It is best to purchase a cremation urn on the larger side, unless you plan to scatter some of the cremains (ashes) and keep the rest in the cremation urn.  A larger cremation urn is also a better choice if you plan to keep or bury your pet with his/hers favorites toys or mementos inside with their cremains (ashes).

The cost of a pet cremation urn can vary anywhere from $20 up to $400 at online stores.  There are many styles of pet cremation urns available today, some of the most common designs are rectangular cremation urns, vase cremation urns, and figurine cremation urns.

Keepsake and memory boxes are perfect for keeping a few mementos of your dearly departed pet, after the burial.  Keepsake and memory boxes can store small items, such as a small sachet of your pet's ashes, photos, a collar, pet tags, or bandanna.

Pet cremation urns are perfect for today's mobile society.  By keeping your pet's cremains (ashes) in a pet cremation urn allows you take your beloved pet with you no matter where you may move to, never making you feel is if you left them behind. 

Euthanasia of a Pet

We are never quite prepared for the death of a pet.  Whether death is swift and unexpected or whether it comes at the end of a slow decline, we are never fully aware of what a pet has brought to our lives, until our dear companion is gone.

Our involvement with the final outcome may be passive.  We may simply not pursue medical or surgical treatment in an aging pet.  Perhaps its ailment has no cure and the best we can do is alleviate some of its suffering so that it may live the remainder of its day in relative comfort.  An illness or accident may take it suddenly.

Everyone secretly hopes for a pet's peaceful passing, hoping to find it lying in its favorite spot in the morning.  The impact of a pet's death is significantly increased when, as responsible and loving caretakers, we decide to have our pet euthanized.

Euthanasia is the induction of painless death.  In veterinary practice, it is accomplished by intravenous injection of a concentrated dose of anesthetic.  The animal may feel slight discomfort when the needle tip passes through the skin, but this is no greater than for any other injection.  The euthanasia solution takes only seconds to induce a total loss of consciousness.  This is soon followed by respiratory depression and cardiac arrest.

Doctors of veterinary medicine do no exercise this option lightly.  Their medical training and professional lives are dedicatd to diagnosis and treatment of disease.  Veterinarians are keenly aware of the balance between extending an animal's life and its suffering.  Euthanasia is the ultimate tool to mercifully end a pet's suffering.

To request euthanasia of a pet is probably the most difficult decision a pet owner can make.  All the stages of mourning may flood together, alternating rapidly.  We may resent the position of power.  We may feel angry at our pet for forcing us to make the decision.  We may postpone the decision, bargaining with ourselves that if we wait another day, the decision will not be necessary.  Guilt sits heavily on the one who much decide.  The fundamental guideline is to do what is best for your pet, even if you suffer in doing this.  Remember that as much as your pet has the right to a painless death, you have the right to live a happy life.

Each of us mourns differently, some more privately than others, and some recover more quickly.  Some pet owners find great comfort in acquiring a new pet soon after the loss of another.  Others, however, become angry at the suggestion of another pet.  They may feel that they are being disloyal to the memory of the preceding pet.  Do not rush into selecting a replacement pet.  Take the time to work through your grief.

To help you prepare for the decision to euthanize your pet, consider the following questions.  They are intended as a guide; only you can decide what is the best solution for you and your pet.  Take your time.  Speak with your veterinarian.  Which choice will bring you the least cause for regret after the pet is gone.

Consider the Following:

What is the current quality of my pet's life?
Is my pet still eating well?  Playful?  Affectionate towards me?
I my pet interested in the activity surrounding it?
Does my pet seem tired and withdrawn most of the time?
Is my pet in pain?
Is there anything I can do to make my pet more comfortable?
Are any other treatment options available?
If a behavioral problem has led me to this decision, have i sought the expertise of a veterinary behavior consultant?
Do I still love my pet the way I use to, or am I angry and resentful of the restrictions its condition has placed on my lifestyle?
Does my pet sense that I am withdrawing from it?
What is the quality of my life and how will this change?
Will I want to be present during the euthanasia?
Will I say goodbye to my pet before the euthanasia because it is too painful for me to assist?
Will I want to wait in the reception area until it is over?
Do I want to be alone or should I ask a friend to be present?
Do I want any special burial arrangements made?
Can my veterinarian store the body so that I can delay burial arrangements until later?
Can my veterinarian help me arrange for cremation of my pet's body?
What type of cremation urn should I get as a memorial to my pet?
Do I want to adopt another pet?