Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Pet Cremation
Pet Cremation FAQs. Cremtion is a choice that more and more of us are making for our pets. It’s the option that our vet will recommend. But what is it pet cremation? And should I choose it for my pet? Here are our responses to the most frequently asked questions about pet cremation.
1. Can I guarantee the ashes I receive will be from my pet?
2. Should I choose to cremate or bury my pet?
3. What is the difference between individual and communal cremation?
Communal cremation – Your pet will be cremated with other pets, the return of ashes will not be possible. The ashes are usually scattered together in a Garden of Remembrance.
For a full description please see our Different Types of Pet Cremation Explained page.
4. How do I make the arrangements for a cremation?
To arrange a cremation it is best to phone your chosen crematorium and discuss the options available. Your vet will also be able to offer this service, ensure they know if you are wanting an individual cremation and are expecting the ashes to be returned to you.
5. How expensive is an individual cremation?
Individual cremations can vary in price, usually due to the time taken for the cremation. Please see our Cost of Cremation page for further details.
6. How long does it take for my dog to be cremated?
Cremation is a thermal process that reduces an animal’s remains to bone fragments. It takes 30 minutes to two hours for most pets. The final step is to pulverize any remaining bone fragments, producing the finer ash that you will have returned to you.
7. Am I allowed to bury my pet at home?
You are allowed to bury your pet at home as long as you own the property, please see our Law section for further details.
8. Should I plan ahead?
It is wise to plan ahead as it can provide comfort not to have to make these decisions while grieving. Many crematoriums offer a pre-payment plan and have Gardens of Remembrance that can be visited before the tragic loss of a pet.
9. What happens if my pet passes away in the evening or at the weekend?
If your pet passes away in the evening you should contact the crematorium or your veterinary practice the following morning.
If your pet passes away during the weekend we advise you to contact your veterinary practice.