Pets can be cremated either in usual crematories or the ones that are specifically dedicated for pet cremations. During the process, a pet’s body is placed in a cremation unit and subjected to high temperatures up to 1400-1800 degrees Fahrenheit. During incineration, the body is exposed to a column of flames produced by a furnace fueled by natural gas, oils, propane, etc. Next, the heat dries the body, burns the skin and hair, contracts and chars the muscles, vaporizes the soft tissues, and calcifies the bones so that they eventually crumble. The gases released during the process are discharged through an exhaust system.
Thus, the intense heat and vaporization reduce the organic matter to dust and dried bones. Next, the surgical, pins, rods, tags, broken pieces of collars, and other metal objects are removed from the dust with the help of a magnet or manual inspection.
Finally, the cremains are pulverized to get a coarse sand-like powder with uniform consistency. These ashes are then poured in a sealed plastic bag, cardboard box, or tin and finally, returned to the owner.
You may then transfer the cremated remains in a nice cremation urn meant for holding the ashes of a pet.
Having received the ashes you may choose to scatter, store, or bury them.
More often than not, these remains are returned the same day or next day (unless it is a communal cremation).
The cremated remains are usually pale white in color. However, the color may vary due to certain medications or health issues.
The time for cremation depends on the type of pet you have. For instance, cremation of smaller animals such as birds, mice, rabbits, hamsters, does not take long.
On the other hand, larger animals like horse, large breeds of dogs, etc. are cremated in hours. On an average, though, cremation of a pet may take 45 minutes to two hours for more.
The weight of the cremation ashes also depends on the weight and bone structure of your beloved pet. Until the process of cremation begins, the pet is kept in a refrigerated cooler.
In case of private cremation, you may request the crematorium personnel to allow you to view the cremation of your pet as it helps with the closure for the loss. The facility, however, may charge an added fee for this service.
You can choose a pet cremation service yourself or ask your beloved pet’s veterinarian or a local animal shelter to do so.