After making the difficult decision, the question of what to do with your pet after euthanasia adds further distress during an already overwhelming time. As a seasoned vet, I understand the deep bond between you and your pet, and the grief that follows their passing.
By exploring various options and discussing the benefits and considerations of each, I aim to alleviate the uncertainty and anxiety surrounding this issue. Whether it is the choice of burial, cremation, or other options, I’ll provide insights that will empower you to make choices aligned with your personal preferences and the memory of your beloved pet.
What to Do With Your Pet After Euthanasia
Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is a harrowing experience, and after the euthanasia process, many pet owners face the challenging decision of how to handle their pet’s body. While memorializing their memory is important to some, others may seek guidance on the compassionately and respectfully deal with their remains.
There are several alternatives, each with advantages and disadvantages, such as cremation or burial, and aquamation. Your unique preferences and financial situation will determine your best choice.
Burial and Cremation Options
- Water Cremation: We own and operate our own Aquamation facility. This way, we are able to perform in-home euthanasia for you and carefully take your pet to our facility afterwards. You can receive the ashes afterward along with clay paw prints, urns, fur clippings, and other memorial items that we have for sale in our office.
- Communal Cremation: If you prefer not to keep the ashes, you can opt for a group cremation or our communal cremation. In this process, multiple pets are cremated together, and the ashes are not returned to the owner. This cost-effective option still ensures a respectful and dignified handling of your pet’s remains.
- Burial Services: Some veterinary businesses may offer burial services, where they have designated areas for pet burials. This option allows you to lay your pet to rest in a peaceful and dedicated space, ensuring a respectful final resting place.
Private pet cremation services provide a tailored approach for pet owners who want greater control over how their pet’s remains are handled. These services offer the following choices:
- Private Viewing: We offer up to one hour of visit time in our comfortable cremation office. Your pet will be prepared for viewing, wrapped in a cozy blanket with compassion, and adorned with fresh flowers. At the end of the hour, you and your beloved pet will be guided into our cremation warehouse, where you can place the remains into the aquamation machine if you choose. You can also have one of our staff members do this if you prefer.
Natural burial and pet cemeteries are viable options for those who prefer a more environmentally conscious approach or seek a physical place to visit. Consider the following:
- Natural Burial: Natural burial involves interring your pet’s body in a designated area, often in a biodegradable container or wrapped in a natural material. This allows for a return to the earth in a gentle and eco-friendly manner. You can choose a peaceful spot in your backyard or explore local pet cemeteries that offer natural burial services.
- Pet Cemeteries: Pet cemeteries provide dedicated spaces for the burial of pets. They offer various services, including individual plots or communal areas, grave markers or plaques, and grounds maintenance. Visiting a pet cemetery can provide a quiet space for remembrance and reflection.
What to Do to Remember Your Pet
When finding grief support for the loss of a pet, it can be healing to commemorate their life meaningfully. Here are some ideas to help you create lasting memories:
- Create a memory box with some memorial items
- Plant a memorial garden
- Transform belongings into keepsakes
- Commission a custom portrait or sculpture
Is it Normal to Feel Guilty After Euthanizing a Pet?
Yes, it is normal to feel guilty after euthanizing a pet. The decision to euthanize a beloved companion is a difficult one, and it is natural to experience guilt and second-guessing. Remember that you decided out of love and compassion, prioritizing their well-being and quality of life.
Is Euthanizing a Pet Traumatic?
Euthanizing a pet is a deeply emotional and challenging experience. Making the decision, saying goodbye to your dog before euthanasia, and witnessing the euthanasia itself can leave a lasting impact. It is essential to acknowledge and process these feelings, seeking support from loved ones or professional resources if needed. We also encourage our families to understand the process beforehand and ask questions along the way.
Is it Morally Wrong to Euthanize Your Dog?
Ending a dog’s life to save additional pain and suffering is not ethically wrong, especially if the dog is terminally sick or has a low quality of life. Before making this decision, it is critical to talk with our veterinarians at Paws into Grace to examine the dog’s well-being and quality of life.
When deciding how to handle your pet’s body after euthanasia, it is essential to consider alternative options beyond traditional methods. Veterinary services, pet cremation, natural burial, and environmentally friendly choices provide a range of options to ensure respectful handling of your pet’s remains.