What options do you have to care for your pet’s remains after euthanasia?
Careful thought and preparation regarding handling your pet’s remains after a loss helps to alleviate some of the stress that occurs during this time. Here is a discussion of your options. It will help you make the best decision for your family and your pet.
Do you want your deceased pet to be laid to rest in the earth and to be unaltered? Here are some thoughts and considerations on burying your pet.
5 things to consider when thinking about burying your pet on your property:
Before you do this here are some things to consider:
- Most municipalities in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties forbid the burial of animals on private property.
- If your pet has been euthanized the chemicals that were used for the procedure remain in the body and do not decompose to less harmful substances. Eventually they leach into the soil and ground water; thereby releasing toxins into the environment. This does not happen if the pet is cremated by traditional cremation or by aquamation. With these procedures the chemicals are rendered harmless to the environment.
- Improper burial, that is a hole less than 4 feet in depth, can inadvertently lead to wildlife and other animals discovering and unearthing the remains. If these remains are ingested, especially the organ content, the animal can potentially die. There are many reported accounts of natural predators such as mountain lions, coyotes will killed in this way. Even other dogs in the household can dig up the remains.
- The sentiment may be to have your pet around even in death, but if you move that pet remains in your old location and you are now permanently separated.
- Selling a house with pets buried on the property may present a problem for the new owners.
Pet owners can purchase individual burial plots at a local pet cemetery. There are several locations available in Southern California.
Traditional cremation is a flame-based cremation. The pet’s ash remains are then returned in a decorative case made of wood or fabric, or in an urn.
Aquamation is another option for individual care of your pet’s remains. It is cremation by water in a process using a highly alkaline solution. The process does not produce harmful greenhouse gases. As with traditional cremation, the pet’s ashes (from skeletal remains) are returned in a decorative container or urn.
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This is a group care of pet remains in the event that a pet owner does not desire to have back their pet’s individual ashes.
These options for aftercare vary in cost depending on the procedure and size of pet. Give yourself peace of mind by planning ahead of time and calling for quotes.