Cremation Services For Your Pets: How This Works Via Your Veterinary Clinic

Some cities have pet cemeteries and pet crematoriums. This tends to creep people out, especially after reading the Stephen King novel, or seeing the related movie. If you are one of those people, you can have a cremation for your pet via a veterinary clinic. Here is how these particular services work.

Your Pet Is Put Down

When your pet is put to sleep after a long life or a difficult illness, your vet will ask you if you want to take the body home or have your pet cremated. The cremation service does cost extra, but sometimes pet owners want one last ceremonious gesture to their beloved furry friends. If you do opt for cremation, there are a couple more choices to make.

Group Cremation

Generally, a veterinarian that has a pet crematorium onsite will cremate several pets together. This eliminates the heavy cost of operating the oven for the vet because several pet owners are cremating their pets together and each is paying the cremation fee. However, you will not get the individual remains of your pet back, as the cremains are all mixed together with other pets. If this does not sound like something you want, you could also choose individual cremation.

Individual Cremation for Pets

Individual cremation for a pet is quite costly because the operation of the cremation oven for one pet alone creates quite the energy bill for the vet. To offset that operation cost, most of that is your fee for the singular pet cremation. However, you are guaranteed to get back the cremains of only your pet, which really appeals to pet owners that really loved their pets.

Urns or Boxes

To retrieve the cremains from the vet clinic, you will need to provide a small box. Vet clinics that offer pet cremation do not provide these, since most pet owners already have some idea of how they will keep or distribute their pets' cremains. If you so desire, you may also provide some sort of urn or covered pot for your pet's cremains.

Most pet owners just supply a cardboard box because they know they will distribute the cremains in a place their pets loved to roam, play, etc. Smaller pets, and exotic pets that could not leave the house for safety reasons, may be kept in the box or urn or have their cremains distributed in a place that the pet owner thinks is most appropriate.

Contact a business like Acequia Animal Hospital to learn more.