We thought that it would be a good idea to post a blog for anybody who is considering having their pet cremated and focus on some frequently asked pet cremation questions.
Q) What cremation options are available for my pet ?
A) Individual Cremation
Your pet is cremated on its own within an enclosed chamber with all of the ashes being scrupulously collected prior to being returned to you in a casket or urn of your choice.
Two or more pets will be cremated together with no seperation of ashes. Return of ash will not be possible but as a memeber of the APPCC we never send our communal ashes to landfill and we scatter the remains at our nearest association member Pet Cemetery.
Q) How do I know that it is definitely my pet’s ashes that I am getting back?
A) This is by far the most commonly asked question and rightly so! Our advice would be to do a bit of homework if possible before selecting a pet crematorium as unfortunately they do not all follow the same guidlines. This is one of the reasons we decided to become members of the Association of Private Pet Cemeteries and Crematoria. The APPCC was founded in April 1993 and it’s aims were and continue to be to set a code of conduct to ensure quality of service. All members are committed to the same high standards of professional conduct and client care. You are assured of an honest and reliable service that will operate to strict standards and handle your pet with care and respect at all times. For more information please check out their website http://www.appcc.org.uk
Q) How long does an individual cremation take to perform?
A) An individual cremation will vary in time depending on the size of the pet. A small pet, for example a rabbit or a cat would take approximately an hour, whilst a Great Dane or Bullmastiff may take two and a half to three hours. This is a process that cannot be hurried and may vary slightly.
Q) Is individual cremation expensive?
A) Most people are surprised at how reasonable the price for an individual pet cremation is. For example a medium sized dog, say a spaniel is £139 back in a biodegradeable scatter tube of your choice. We base each price based on the individual weight of the pet and this is all on our prices page for you to see.
Q) Can I bring my pet to you myself?
A) You are welcome to bring your companion to us yourself. To do so, we simply ask that you telephone us on 01324 621863 to inform us of your wishes and to arrange a time. You can make use of our farewell room and take as long as you need saying goodbye. Alternatively we can collect from your home or veterinary practice.
Q) Is cremation something I should consider before my pet dies?
Yes, you should. After death, especially by euthanasia, the feeling of loss can take over and rational thoughts can be difficult. Your veterinary practice will often give you time to decide but you should specify Individual Cremation as early as possible. It is better to notify the practice before your pet dies.
You can even set up a pre-payment plan to cover the cost of individual cremation providing peace of mind. Contact us on 01324 621863 for more details.
We hope that these FAQ’s answer some of the questions you might have about having your pet cremated. We are proud to be one of the very few last pet crematoriums in Scotland who are privately owned and family run and our number one priority is providing a pet cremation service across Scotland including Falkirk, Glasgow, Edinburgh, The Lothians, Fife, Perthshire and more. We hope that you do not require our services for a very long time, however, in the sad event that your companion does pass on, whether they are a dog, cat, or any other small domestic pet, we are able to help you say goodbye.