What To Know About Cremating A Pet

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Do you have a pet that recently passed away? If so, you'll want to know what your options are for what to do afterward with their body. One popular option for pets is cremation, but it can leave you with many questions about the process. Here is what you need to know before you move forward. 

How Is It Ensured That Your Pet's Ashes Are Returned?

If you are going to have your pet cremated, you may want to know how you can ensure that your pet's ashes are the ones that you get back. This can be done in a couple of ways. Some professionals offer individual or community cremation. 

When you select individual cremation, you will know with 100% certainty that the ashes you get back are your pet's since they are the only one being cremated at the time. With community cremation, your pet is cremated with one of several other pets. It's possible that you won't get back just your pet's ashes. With that in mind, know that an individual cremation will be more expensive than a community cremation.

However, some professionals will take additional steps to ensure that you get back your pet's ashes during a community cremation. This is done by placing a metal tag on the body during the process. The tag will be damaged, but it is still legible enough to identify the ashes and return them to you.

How Long Will The Process Take? 

The actual process of cremating a pet will take a couple hours. However, it may still take several days for the cremation process to take place. The body will need to be prepared prior to cremation, and there may be a queue of other pets that need to be cremated as well. That's why it can take some time to actually get your pet's ashes back to you if you choose cremation.

How Will You Receive Your Pet's Ashes?

It is common to receive your pet's ashes in a wooden box. There are typically other options if you want a container that is more elegant, such as a vase. You do not need to make a decision right away, since you can always transfer those ashes to their permanent container at a later date. This may be the case if you want a custom-made container that takes some time to create. 

Reach out to a pet cremation provider if you want more information about their services. 


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