When your pet passes away, you have several options for what to do next. One of the most popular choices for many pet owners is cremation, which allows you to keep the cremains of your pet as a memento. However, some pet owners want to honor the loss of their pet in a more environmentally friendly way. For these pet owners we are now offering AquaCremation, a clean and responsible alternative to traditional cremation.
What is AquaCremation?
AquaCremation, also known as water cremation or alkaline hydrolysis, is a process that uses clean water and simple, natural chemicals to accelerate the natural decomposition of tissue and bone. When you choose AquaCremation for your pet, you get the advantages of traditional cremation – including ashes that you can use as a memorial – without the environmental drawbacks.
AquaCremation vs. Traditional Cremation
There are a number of differences between AquaCremation and traditional cremation. For instance:
- AquaCremation creates no harmful emissions or greenhouse gases, and does not release any smoke, mercury, or other dangerous chemicals.
- An AquaCremation system uses about 25% of the energy of flame cremation.
- For families that request them, AquaCremation can return up to 20% more ashes and cremains than traditional cremation does.
- When cost is a concern, AquaCremation is still available – the costs are very similar to traditional cremation, so it is an option for almost every family.
AquaCremation is not a new process. The Mayo Clinic and other leading health and science institutions have used alkaline hydrolysis to cremate bodies donated to science for more than 10 years. Now, the process is available to the public, including pet owners.
Why Choose Cremation?
You may be wondering why to choose cremation for your pet. Cremation is a good alternative to burial for a few reasons.
First, cremation provides you with sterile and easily-transported cremains which can be used as a memorial to your pet. We offer urns and keepsakes which you can store the cremains and ashes in, or you can choose to bury them or scatter them in a place of your choosing.
Second, cremation is a responsible choice with regard to laws and regulations. Many municipalities actually have laws against burying pet bodies, especially if they were euthanized. While it’s unlikely you would ever have a legal issue, cremation is still a more responsible and ethical choice for all pet owners.
How Can I Request AquaCremation?
At Pet Memories, we provide AquaCremation services for pet owners and families in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. If you have a pet that you would like to memorialize, you can contact us at any time to schedule a pickup and arrange for your pet’s cremation. We also work with more than 50 veterinary clinics in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa to provide cremation services.
If you are interested in learning more or you want to schedule a pickup, call Pet Memories today at (405) 840-0800. You can also visit us on Facebook to learn more about us and see reviews and feedback from some of our past clients.