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Pet Cremation FAQs

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?

If your pet is individually cremated you should only receive back the ashes of your pet, however if your pet is communally cremated you are usually unable to receive the ashes back, the ashes are usually scattered together in a garden of remembrance.

2. Should I choose to cremate or bury my pet?

This decision is completely up to you, please see our Cremation or Burial – the right choice page for further information.

3. What is the difference between individual and communal cremation?

Individual cremation – Your pet is cremated on its own with the ashes returned to you in an urn or casket previously discussed. Alternatively, your pet’s ashes can usually be interred or scattered in a Garden of Remembrance.
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.

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