What is Pet Cremation?

Writer: Cattie Khoury

Published: August 15, 2012

Ask any family with a dog what their dog means to their family.  A majority of those people might be a little confused. The majority of dog lovers see their dog as part of their family. According to the AVMA Market research statistics on U.S. pet ownership in 2007, the average number of dogs and cats per household were about 2 each. According to that same statistic, there were about 43,021,000 households owning dogs and about 37,460,000 households owning cats. That’s saying something. We as Americans love our pets and that is no secret. As most are accepted into the family, when the time comes to say goodbye to them the same burial method we would use for any part of the family is followed. One of those burial methods offered is pet cremation.

Pet cremation is almost identical to a traditional cremation service. However, not all of the paperwork needed for a human cremation is needed for a pet cremation service. Typically, just a waver needs to be signed over stating that the person arranging the pet cremation is in a position of authority to be able to create such arrangements. The process can be as cheap as $100 dollars and as expensive as a human cremation, depending on the type of service chosen. There are some Paris Hilton’s in the world who might want diamond-encrusted urns. However, this isn’t typical. Pet cremation services are usually very inexpensive. Once the details of the arrangement are finalized, the cremation process can begin.

Once the body of the deceased pet has been picked up from the death place, cremation of the body can begin. The deceased is placed into a cremation chamber and heated to a very high temperature. Once everything in the body besides the bones is consumed, the next step can begin. The bones are separated out from the rest of the remains, which are scraped up and put into a container. Next the bones are heated to an even higher temperature until the bones are confined to small particles, resembling dust or ash. This entire process could take anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the size of the pet.

Once the cremation is completed, all of the remains are placed into the container chosen. There are a variety of containers available to place the remains in. There are urns that available that are made of either metal or ceramic substances, wood containers and even jewelry such as pendants or necklaces. Lastly, the remains are returned to you. However, if you chose to purchase a graveside service the remains typically aren’t returned until after the service.

This is the entire cremation process in a nutshell. It is almost identical to a human cremation process, besides the facts that it takes less time, is less expensive and doesn’t require as much paperwork. For those who view their dog as part of their family, pet cremation is available as a method for disposal.