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Communal vs. Individual Pet Aquamation: Which Is Right for You?

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When you are dealing with the loss of a pet, you typically have one of two options: burial or flame cremation. That’s not the case at Yadkin Valley Pet Funeral Services. We are proud to offer pet aquamation, as it is the most gentle and eco-friendly option for your beloved dog, cat, rabbit, bird, hamster, guinea pig, bearded dragon, or snake.

Communal vs. Individual Pet Aquamation: Which Is Right for You?

This alkaline hydrolysis process is natural, as it occurs much in the same way as your pet’s body would break down if they were buried. Using gentle water flow, low temperature, and alkalinity, aquamation causes your pet’s tissues to break down quickly and leave only the bone mineral behind. The process also preserves about 20% more of your pet’s remains than flame cremation can, and it does it all without producing harmful greenhouse gases.

If you decide that pet aquamation is right for your pet, the next step is to choose between communal pet aquamation and individual pet aquamation. Here are a few things to consider before making your decision:

  • How much will it cost? Aquamation generally costs more than flame cremation. However, if the cost it a major concern for you and your family, you may want to consider communal pet aquamation over individual pet aquamation. Communal aquamation is cheaper because multiple animals can be aquamated in the hydrolysis bath without having to be separated.
  • Do you want your pet’s remains returned to you? If you would like us to return your pet’s remains to you at the end of the process, communal aquamation isn’t for you. Instead, you should opt for individual pet aquamation because this allows us to prevent co-mingling. We also use a safeguard tracking system to make sure you receive your own pet’s remains and not another’s.