Preparing Your Pet For End-of-Life Care
All pet owners will eventually face the difficult decision of when to euthanize their beloved animal friends. While the thought of this moment can be heartbreaking, it is important to consider all possible options for your pet’s last days so that you can make the most informed decision possible. This blog post will outline some of the common end-of-life care options available to pet owners and provide information on what each option entails. Knowing what to expect can help you make the best decision for your furry friend.
#1: Group pet cremation
Group cremation is a popular option for pet owners who do not wish to keep their pet’s ashes. With this method, a pet is cremated at a crematorium and then their ashes are typically spread in a communal resting place on the facility’s grounds. Oftentimes, this area is a garden that is divided by months and years, so families can visit their pet’s final resting spot if they wish.
#2: Individual pet cremation
Many pet owners choose to receive their pet’s ashes after cremation, and the crematorium ensures that the correct pet’s remains are returned to the proper family. Once you receive your pet’s ashes, you can place them in a decorative urn, have a small portion turned into jewelry, or spread them at your pet’s favorite spot.
#3: Pet aquamation
The scientific name for aquamation is alkaline hydrolysis. This is a gentle, environmentally friendly, water-based form of cremation that uses flowing water, heat, and alkali to mimic natural decomposition after burial. After the aquamation process, only the pure mineral ash of the bones remains. While this method is common for people, services for pets can be difficult to find. However, you can ask your veterinarian to see if they can recommend any aquamation services for pets nearby.
#4: Home burial
In some cases, you may choose to bury your pet at home. However, at-home burial may not be an option in certain locations, such as an apartment, or if other restrictions apply.