Our pets are part of our families. When we lose a pet, we grieve our loss and we want to make sure we create a proper memorial so we can be reminded of all the joy they brought into our lives.
Burial vs. Cremation
Often when our pets die, we think about burying them in the yard, or at a public pet cemetery. However, these options are not always practical. If you live in a climate with very cold winters, you may have to wait months for the ground to thaw enough to dig.
Also, if you don’t dig far enough down, you run the risk of having other animals try to dig up the remains, which can be traumatic for your family. Lastly, if you move to a new house, what becomes of your beloved pet’s grave?
If you live in a town that has a public pet cemetery, you can certainly go that route. But if you’d prefer to have a memorial that is just for your pet, cremation may be the way to go.
Do I Have to Drop Off My Pet At a Crematorium
If you have to have your pet euthanized and you choose to have it cremated, you or your vet will arrange to have your pet transferred to the crematorium.
But cremation isn’t just for euthanized pets: if your animal dies at home, you can choose to have it cremated. Pittsburgh Pet Cremation offers a mobile cremation solution in which we come pickup your pet, cremate and then deliver his/her cremains back to your house. This gives you an option and time to grieve without leaving your house or worrying.
The Cremation Process
There are generally two types of cremations available for pets: private or communal. In a communal cremation, your pet is cremated along with other animals. Because there are several animals, it’s not possible to get your pet’s ashes back.
In a private ceremony, your pet is cremated alone, so you are able to get the ashes afterward. We only cremate private so you will always get your pet’s ashes back 100% of the time.
The cremation process follows these basic steps:
- The animal’s remains are incinerated using high heat. The amount of time it takes depends on the size of the animal.
- The remains are inspected for metal objects; any that are discovered are removed.
- Large pieces of bone that did not incinerate are pulverized to a fine dust resembling ash
- For animals in a private cremation, the cremains are then placed in their storage compartment. Your cremation center may allow you to provide an urn, box, or other enclosed container that they are to use to inter your pet. If the crematorium does not accept urn or you’re still looking for the perfect resting place for your pet, the cremains are usually poured into a plastic bag. The bag is placed in a box and delivered to you.
Memorializing Your Pet
What you do with your pet’s ashes is up to you: you may want to keep them at home, make them into jewelry, or scatter them outside. We have a wide variety of merchandise to choose from.