If you have decided to have your pet cremated the last thing you want to hear is that your beloved best friend will be joined by other animals in the cremation chamber. Unfortunately, that is likely to be the case with many pet cremation services – and it could be worse, as some companies will even incinerate pets alongside clinical waste. This is why at Dignity we are extremely proud to only offer individual pet cremations.
Our individual pet cremations mean that no matter the size of your pet – from Great Dane to hamster – there will only ever be one pet in the cremation chamber at a time. We believe that each pet deserves a respectful send-off which is why we want to keep it this way. Creating each animal individually also means that there is no doubt that the ashes you receive are those of your pet.
Your vet may offer you information on their pet cremation provider but make sure you are asking the important questions before you agree to go ahead. The Association of Private Pet Cemeteries and Crematoria (APPCC) recommend you ask lots of questions of both your vet and crematorium, here are some examples:
- How will my pet be stored?
- Can my pet be collected from my vet or home?
- Can I spend some time with my pet?
- Can I have a full description of the way the procedure is carried out?
- Can I see the cremation and any other part of the process if I wish?
Of course, there are many other questions you may need to ask depending on your individual wishes. Keep in mind that this is your pet and it will be the last time you get to say goodbye to them so do not agree to anything you are unhappy with.
We store all pets in our cool room prior to cremation, where they are left peacefully in Dignity pet beds before being moved onto a bespoke stretcher and gently laid in the cremation chamber. We offer an attended service if you wish to see the process and stay with your pet until the end. Once the cremation is complete, we carefully remove and cool them, before they are reduced to ash in the cremulator. They are then placed into a sealed plastic bag and transferred into your choice of container. You can read more about the whole pet cremation process here.
Our range of urns, caskets and memorials are totally optional but all provide a beautiful way to remember your pet. We offer scatter tubes or caskets for burials, photo frames with hidden ashes compartments and even jewellery that contains a small amount of the remains. When you enquire about our services, we will give you an individual cremation cost which you can add as many additional items to as you wish.
If you want to know more about individual pet cremations or sadly need to use our services, please get in touch with a member of the Dignity team on 01252 844572.