There are 3 types of pet cremations. A "Private" cremation is a cremation procedure during which only one animal's body is present in the cremation chamber during the cremation process and the cremated ashes of the pet are to be returned to its owner. An "Individual" or "Partitioned" Cremation is a cremation procedure during which more than one animal's body is present in the cremation chamber and the cremated remains of specific pets are to be returned to the owner. Each pet will have its own private segregated section within the cremation chamber during the cremation process. This type of cremation procedure is what most pet crematories call a Private Cremation. Please note: Due to a number of factors and by virtue of multiple pets being cremated within the same chamber, active commingling of cremated remains can occur. A "Communal or Batch" is a cremation procedure where multiple pets are cremated together without any form of separation. These commingled cremated remains are not returned to the owners. 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".
Loyal Paws’ Identification Process from start to finish, is state-of-the-art and is accurate. Our staff is the highest trained in the industry, and you will be impressed at what we have to offer and ensure your peace of mind. Whether you work with us directly or go through a Veterinary Clinic, our internal systems follow Michigan Law and we take your pet’s life seriously. We do not remove an animal from a Veterinarian’s office without proper Identification, for example, but this is the first step. From the beginning of care, you can rest assured that our technology and our people, ensure you are receiving your pet’s cremated remains. We also offer you a viewing room, if you choose to be present at your pet’s cremation -- for the ultimate peace of mind.
Our professional staff is on call 24 hours a day. We will respond and assist you with the best option for us to receive your pet into our care. We offer pickup services within 50 miles of our facility.
A pet cremation is completed by a large machine called a retort, or crematorium. The process involves placing a pet in a cremation chamber that produces intense heat and flame (1400 – 1800 degrees Fahrenheit). The body of the pet is reduced to basic compounds (calcium compounds). Upon completion of the cremation, all substances are consumed or driven off, except bone fragments and metal other non-combustible materials, as the temperature is not sufficient to consume them. Due to the nature of the cremation process, any possessions or materials, such as collars or tags that are left with the animal and not removed prior to cremation may be destroyed or if not destroyed, will be disposed of by the Crematory in a non-recoverable manner. Following a cooling period, the cremated remains shall be recovered from the chamber and placed in an Urn with proper identification. Depending on the cremation option, there may or may not be more commingling/mixing of cremated remains. Active commingling can occur between animals during the cremation and/or retrieval process when multiple animals are cremated together in the same chamber.
At Loyal Paws, we understand the dignity and respect your pet's cremated remains deserve. We provide a very simple, yet dignified urn in all of our cremation offerings. Many families choose to upgrade to an urn that creates a fitting pet memorial for their individual animal companion. We offer a nice assortment of memorial urns, jewelry, garden stones and other merchandise with something that fits all budgets.
We advise that you ask your Veterinarian or the pet crematory directly if possible, these important questions: Where is the crematory located? May I inspect the facility where my pet's cremation will take place? Whether you choose to visit the facility directly is beside the point. You want comfort knowing the option is there, should you need it. How will my pet be transported to the crematory? How and where is my pet kept until cremation?
Our Partner Veterinary Clinics have cremation options available. For more information on keepsakes, Urn choices, PawPrint upgrades, etc... you can call us directly. We recommend that families let their Vet know Loyal Paws is the crematory of choice. There are differences between pet cremation facilities, the level of care and pricing available. All of your questions will be answered, if you contact us. Some people have learned much later that when they 'left' their pet with a Vet to be euthanized, their pet was disposed of in a manner not acceptable. We recommend that you become informed of your options by calling us at (248) 363-1594 and learn about a fitting tribute / for your special pet.