- A "Private" cremation is one where your pet is the only pet in the equipment during the cremation process. This is the only option that ensures the cremated remains you receive are those of your beloved pet.
- An "Individual" cremation is one where there can be several pets in the equipment at the same time in separate pans, or separated by bricks or other devices. When choosing this option, there is no guarantee that the cremated remains of the other pets will not be co-mingled with the remains of your beloved pet.
- A "Communal or Batch" cremation is one where the cremation equipment is filled to capacity with pets and all of their cremated remains are commingled as a result. With this type of cremation, it is impossible for the provider to return your pet's cremated remains to you.
Because of the lack of regulation, it is important for you to ask your pet cremation provider what they mean when they use the terms like "private cremation" or "individual cremation".
- Where is the crematory located? As mentioned above, most families are shocked to learn that their pet is going to be transported several hundred miles away.
- When will my pet be cremated and then be ready for pickup? Many are shocked to learn that their beloved pet is going to be held in a freezer at the Vet's facility for almost a week before they are picked up by the cremation provider. Then, it is going to be another week before their pet's cremated remains are ready for pickup.
- When can I come & inspect it? You can learn a lot about the cremation provider by not only inspecting their facilities if possible, but even by how they respond to your request.