Why Cremate as Opposed to Burial
Well, just like the passing of humans and many family members choose to cremate the body because of medical, spiritual and cost reason. So is it with the cremation of animals. Cremation generally cost much less than preparing a funeral arrangement and comes with less hassle. People will cremate because they may want to keep the ashes of their loved pet with them as opposed to keeping the body. Some dog owners cremate their dogs because they want the ashes to be sprinkled at sea or someplace the dog may have loved or enjoyed.
- Private dog cremation is self explanatory. You as an individual dog owner speaks with a funeral parlor to have your dog cremated privately in a single cremation chamber.
- Communal Cremation is when there are bulk cremations schedule and you allow your dog to be cremated with several different animals at the same time. Usually the ashes are not returned to dog's owner.
- Witnessed Cremation is when you are allowed to attend and watch the cremation process. Many dog owners have done witness cremation because it helps them in some way with the grieving process.
Communal cremation is way less expensive, as much as 50% less than doing a private dog cremation. Communal cremation may sound like a harsh way to say the final good bye to your pet, but it has helped many pet owners who are struggling deeply with finances, but have still managed to care for and love their dog that have passed and is unable to pay for a funeral or a private cremation. This type of cremation also exist because of so many stray animals being put down daily. It would not be cost effective for each animal to be cremated separately. Not to mention the time consumed to do so.
What Does Dog Cremation Entails
You will first make arrangements with the pet funeral home regarding the cremation. A schedule will be worked out between you the pet owner and the home as to when the cremation will be done. The parlor will then pick up the animal or if you prefer to take your pet in yourself. Your dog's body is put in a small enclosed area which is where the cremation will take place. This area is heated to as much as 1500 to 2000 Degrees Fahrenheit. It will take a few hours for the cremation process to be completed. Ensure that you have a good Dog Urn to collect what is left from the cremation which is usually ashes and bones.
Taking The Ashes
The dog's ashes and bone fragments will usually weigh roughly 3.6 percent of the dog's body mass. So let's say your dog weighs 30 pounds. The cremated remains would be 3.6 percent of that 30 lbs which is 1.08 pounds. The dog's ashes usually have a grey color but sometimes it can also be white. Many dog owners will keep the animals ashes in an Urn at home. While some will buy pet headstones and bury the urn. A growing trend after pet cremation is cremation jewelry. Cremation jewelry has special containers which are sealed with your dog's ashes and placed on necklaces, pendants, key chains etc. These are made just for those who wish to keep the memory of their pets close to them at all times.
Be very careful the service provider you choose to do the cremation. There are policies and guidelines set by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC). You can easily locate reputable service providers by:
Talking to Your Vet.
- This should be your first source of information as the Vet may have a reputable cremation provider whom he/she has dealt with or has ongoing contractual arrangements.
- Animal shelters usually does euthanize animals and will most likely have their own cremation facility or also have contractual arrangements with other cremates.
- It is easy to find animal crematers online. Just ensure that they follow the guidelines of the (IAOPCC).
I can only conclude that you have lost your pal or know someone who has lost their pal and best friend. Condolences to you.