Cremating pets, everything you need to know.
Cremating pets is becoming very popular. Having the ashes of a special departed pet can bring comfort. Additionally, pet cremation gives you many options as to what to do with the ashes. See our blog entitled "Loss of a beloved pet, things that can help."
Finding a pet crematorium near you
There are pet crematoriums located all around the UK. As they are not currently regulated you should choose one who is a member of the APPCC. The Association of Private Pet Cemeteries and Crematoria can help you to find a responsible crematorium. Additionally, you can be sure that their members adhere to a strict code of practice and will treat your animal and you with respect and care.
You can deal directly with the crematorium. Alternatively, you can use the service of a funeral director or your vet. Always make sure exactly what the fees cover and that the service they offer suits your needs.
How does cremating pets work?
Pet cremation is basically the same as that for humans. Exposure to extreme heat converts the body into ashes and bone. Owners can watch the process at most crematoria. This usually incurs an additional charge, especially if you request a certain time or day. The time it takes depends on the size of the animal. You do not have to remain for the whole process, which can take several hours. After the remains are cool they pass through a cremulator to reduce the bones to tiny pieces. The ashes will be returned to you in a sealed plastic bag or in a pet urn along with a cremation certificate.
Will my pet be cremated alone?
There are two types of cremation to choose from. The first is where your animal is cremated along with other creatures. If you are going to scatter the ashes at the crematorium a communal cremation is the cheaper option. However, if you want to keep the ashes of your pet, or to do something special with them, an individual cremation would be better. With individual cremation, your pet will be alone in the cremation chamber which should be free of any remains at the start. At the end of the heating process, all remains will be carefully removed. The cremulator should also be completely clean before the remains of your pet are put in it. In this way, you will be sure that the ashes that are returned to you belong only to your animal.
What does a pet cremation cost?
That depends on the size of the animal. On average, a small pet costs around £30-£40. A cat between £60-£80 and a large dog over £100. A horse will cost from £450-£600. Prices vary between crematoria and depend on whether you want a communal or an individual cremation. Add to that the cost of a pet urn or scatter tube which also varies depending on the size and the material.