I'm currently studying mortuary science and the hot topic right now, among other things, is pet services. I can pretty much guess that anyone that is a member on this site would be interesting in the memoralization of a pet, but what I am wondering is, what kinds of things do you plan on doing when your pet dies? I realize thinking of your beloved pet passing, isn't very fun, but like human death, we must address it eventually. There are not a lot of people in my program that are huge pet lovers like I am and would like a different perspective of ideas on what people would like in terms of their pets. Right now, where i live, there is a pet cremation society and the owner spoke with our class yesterday. He says he does about one a day, and charges $295. ( or 235, im blanking on that number). He has a selection of urns and will pick up the pet from the home at an additional fee, putting the pet in a white sheet and onto a cot,as in human death removals. He stated inn our class that the greif he has seen for pets is many times more intense than on the human side (he owns a normal cremetory too. I guess I'm just looking for some opinions to bring up in class. I'm also writing a paper on it, so I'm looking forward to some of your thiughts. Thank you in advance for sharing. jr1012
OMG! I don't even want to think about that. Max is 9 1/2 and I dread losing him. He is 65 pounds so I guess having somebody come to get him would be helpful if he died on his own at home. But I have a contract with my pet sitters for Max and all three cats that if they died in my absence, my vet would handle it for me. I chose individual cremation with the ashes to be returned to me. It costs more than group cremation but that is just gross and not good enough for my babies. I don't really want a memorial or a special urn or anything. I just want to know that my baby was taken care of with dignity. The last time I was at the vet, I saw a van arrive that was clearly a service for deceased pets and he dropped off 3 simple unmarked "gift" bags that I assumed contained somebody's ashes for their pet. It broke my heart. The company was called Final Gift and they have a website. I just looked and they do provide 24 hour Emergecy pick-up service so I really have to thank you for causing me to think about this. Now I will know what to do when it happens.
***Edited By: MaxandAllie on 3/5/2008 12:53:38 PM*** Reason: add
All my pets will be creamated. I plan to keep their ashes and someday when I'm creamated, whoever can just put us all together and burry us somewhere nice.
I think almost $300 is a rip off. My vet charged $150 to have Norman euthanized & creamated. They did send him in an ugly urn but I was able to buy a decent one for about $35. My own dogs I'll probably spend a lot more on the urn.
Yep mine will also be creamated, I have already painted statues to go ontop of the wooden boxes for their ashes. It is sad to think about, but at 12 and 10 I know the end is coming, expecially as I watch Ruffian slow down more and more, and her playful moods come less and less often.
thank you all for your honesty and sincerity. Death is not a comfortable topic to discuss or even think about, but given what I study and do, I have to daily. I also think when I found out the cremation society was almost charging $300 fo the service was too much. He basically has to charge this though to stay in business because veteraniarians have such more stock in cremating animals. Again, thanks for replying. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask.
You may be able to find out more about pet caskets, urns and burials through Hoegh Pet Caskets. I believe they were one of the first in the industry to supply pet caskets and manufacture everything from small bird size caskets on up. They also do memorial plates and urns.
My family's dog died recently at 13yrs. We requested that he was cremated. Several weeks went by and we had no call from the vet to pick up his ashes. My Mom called and talked to a receptionist; no word back. She called a week later and spoke to the manager. A short time later the veterinarian called himself to say that Murphy had been LOST.
Records show the service picked him up, but the crematoria did not receive him.
I like to think that he's everywhere, and nowhere, at the same time. Since we'll never know.
Now I can certainly see the benefit to having someone personally pick up a pet. The opportunity to watch the casket going into the crematoria would also be beneficial. I know that is available for people.
My buddies name is Shiloh Thunder Wolf. and as the name implies heis an Alaskan husky with questionable heritage. When he goes, I have already told his vet to put me down with him since I can not imagine life without him in it. He will be cremeted as wwill my husband and I and all three of us will be in the same urn, buried in the same plot at the local cemetery. Of course he will have his own monument with his name and a howling wolf. but he is definately worth the cost.
angelfiredesignstudio, you will never find a vet to comply with those wishes. My advice to you is to get another dog now, so the shock is'nt quite so severe when you lose your other dog, you'll still have to live for the second one.
every animal i have had has been individually cremated and sits in an urn on my entertainment center. when i pass away, we will all be buried together. i am inquiring if humans can be buried in the pet cemetary. if so, that is where we will all be. if not, they will be in my casket in a human cemetary.
I also think when I found out the cremation society was almost charging $300 fo the service was too much. He basically has to charge this though to stay in business
no he doesn't. in my area, the crematory charges roughly the same. what they charge us, as employees of a veterinarian is WAAAYYY less. i have been charged no more than $60 for my big guys that weigh over 60lbs. if they can do it for me for that amount of money, they can do it for a client also. however, they take advantage of death just as they do with a humans funeral expense.
***Edited By: scout1 on 3/18/2008 8:41:28 AM*** Reason: x
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
the cremation society here does not charge if its a pick up from the vet clinic. He also is running an large human sized cremetory instead of the animal size. It is relativley new and theres not much buisness. Please don't get upset at me. I don't run it