For several reasons, the majority of pets are cremated today. First, in many urban communities, ordinances or space restrictions prohibit owners from burying their pets in the backyard. With our society becoming so much more mobile, choosing cremation gives you the ability to take your pet’s cremated remains with you if you move to another home.
Cremation is a method of body disposal that serves as an alternative to traditional burial. The pet’s remains are incinerated in a cremation chamber or “retort” and reduced to basic chemical compounds – gases, ashes and mineral fragments — which are sometimes referred to as “cremains.” Following a sufficient period of cool down, the bone particles and ash are retrieved from the retort and then processed into a fine powder. The cremains are then placed into a secure clear cremation bag. Then, the bag is returned to you as is, placed into a wooden box or into your memorialization urn of your choice.
Yes. People typically choose their veterinarians for their heroic life-prolonging or sustaining capabilities. Though many veterinarians have some knowledge of the cremation process, this is not their specialty. However, by using your local trusted funeral director to handle your pet cremation, you can rest assured that you are getting a professional who has been highly trained with much experience when it comes to cremation. So, though your veterinarian has been a trusted advisor to you when it comes to your pet’s good health, it only makes sense to seek out the professional assistance of your trusted local funeral director when it comes to his death care needs.
No. On occasion, family members will wrap their pet in a favorite blanket or some other personal article of meaning to the pet or family members.
No. Most states do not regulate pet crematories. Thus, the quality of their facilities, services and staff can vary widely. What most pet owners don’t realize is that the majority of pet cremation providers are not even located in their community.
Heavenly Paws of Texas proudly offers pet aftercare services with the highest standards in communities we serve. We are members of the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC) and the Pet Loss Professional Alliance (PLPA), your assurance that our facilities, procedures, and customer care are well above industry standards.
Your pet is usually returned within 7 to 14 days after we have received them. We do have an option for expedited pickup and returns. Each service requested will be assigned a reference number so that you may track your pet once they are in our care.
You have several options. One is to locate a 24-hour veterinary practice that is able to receive the body and hold it until we are able to pick them up. Another option is to keep the body cold at home until we are able to pick them up. If you are comfortable with this option, we recommend that you utilize a waterproof bag and a cold environment such as a deep freezer. You can go directly to our website to schedule a pickup or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00) to schedule a pickup or a dropoff and we will receive the body as soon as possible.
There are 3 types of pet cremations.
A “Private” cremation is when your pet is the only pet in the retort during the cremation process. This is the only option that offers an absolute guarantee that the cremated remains you receive are those of your beloved pet.
An “Individual” cremation is when there can be several pets in the retort at the same time in separate pans or separated by bricks or other devices. When choosing this option, your pet’s remains will be returned to you. However, please be aware that there is occasionally some slight co-mingling of the ashes during the cremation process.
A “Communal” cremation is when the retort is filled to capacity with pets and all of their cremated remains are commingled as a result. With this type of cremation, it is impossible for the provider to return your pet’s cremated remains to you.
Because of the lack of regulation, it is important for you to ask your pet cremation provider what they mean when they use the terms like “private cremation” or “individual cremation” in order to ensure you are clear about the choice you are making.
Heavenly Paws utilizes a digital tracking system so that you may track your pet from the time of pickup to the moment their remains are returned to you. By using this system, we can provide you with absolute proof that you are receiving back your pet’s cremated remains. Furthermore, if you desire, we can facilitate arrangements for you to be present at your pet’s cremation for the ultimate peace of mind.
This is really an individual choice. Fifteen years ago, only about 1 in 4 pet families chose “private cremation” – as most chose not to receive back their pet’s cremated remains. Today, that ratio has flipped and more pet families are choosing cremation as they prefer to have their pet’s cremated remains returned to them.
Pricing varies depending on your preferred type of cremation and the memorialization options you choose. Please call our office to discuss specific pricing and allow us to answer any other questions you might have. 844-800-3504
An urn is not required for cremation. Everyone is able to choose what options they are most comfortable with when it comes to memorializing their beloved pet. We are here to give helpful information and expert advice to help make your decision clear and simple.