Pet Aquamation

Losing your pet can be overwhelming and heartbreaking. When the unthinkable happens, and we are forced to let go, the dilemma becomes, what to do with your pet you loved so much. We believe Aquamation is your best solution – for you, your pet and the environment. Pet Aquamation is a gentle, eco-friendly alternative to flame cremation and burial. This process uses water instead of fire to return a body back to Mother Nature through a process called Alkaline Hydrolysis.

Alkaline Hydrolysis

This is the same process that occurs as part of nature’s course when a body is laid to rest in the soil. Although the process is water-based, it uses less water than a single household uses in one day from start to finish. The water-based process is 95% water and 5% alkali. The alkali used in this process is the same alkali used in cosmetics, soaps, shaving creams and even food preparation. By the end of the process, the chemical has been used and no longer remains in the solution. The remaining liquid is safe enough to be used as a nutrient rich, organic fertilizer.

Aquamation is very safe for the environment and a greener alternative then traditional cremation. You receive 20% more of your pet remains and there are no harmful greenhouse gases.

Our Aqua Tracking System

How Do I Know I Am Getting My Pet’s Ashes Back to Me and Not Another Pets Ashes?

Each pet receives a stainless steel AQUA Tracking TAG that stays with your loved one through the whole process of our care. This guarantees that your pet ashes are returned.

Working With Your Veterinarian

Your vet is welcome to contact us to arrange after-life care services.

Compare After-Life Processes

There are 4 ways to deal with our pets once they pass away:

Aquamation Compared to Burial and Cremation

5% Alkaline * + 95% warm water

We use water up to 202° F. Your beloved pet is gently placed in a stainless steel cradle. This sterile process guarantees your pet remains only.

What you receive back includes bone remains, similar to flame cremation. Approximately 20% more of your pet’s remains are kept instead of being lost during processing. No RNA or DNA left after this sterile process. The water bi-product can be used as a fertilizer, which is eco-friendly. No methane gases and no pollution result making Aquamation the most eco-friendly choice.

Aquamation Compared to Burial and Cremation

Flame Base Cremation uses heat up to 1800° and uses up to 28 gallons of propane or gases per process. This is not a sterile process. Chemicals emitted by cremation may include mercury, dioxin, hydrochloric acid, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and dioxins.

Aquamation Compared to Burial and Cremation

During Ground Burial, organic substances are broken down in the soil, producing methane gases, a by-product of natural body break down.

Many pet lovers opt to bury their pets in the backyard. However, there are some hidden risks to this.

Why backyard burial isn’t best:

This information was originally published on ‘The Conversation’ by Rachel Allavena

Backyard burial may seem like the easiest way to respectfully take care of your pet’s remains. Unfortunately, it can be dangerous for other pets and wildlife. Most pets are put to sleep with an extremely concentrated anesthetic agent which results in a very peaceful death (hence the term euthanasia, which means “good death”). However, this drug, pentobarbital, persists in the buried body of the pet for up to a year. Any animal scavenging on the remains will be poisoned by the euthanasia solution.

I have seen two cases in my career where this has happened, with serious consequences. In one case a family had their pet mouse put down and buried it in the backyard. The family’s terrier dug up and ate the mouse, and was comatose in intensive care for nearly a week. In another case, two farm dogs scavenged some bones from a cow which had been euthanized on a farm months before. One dog died and the other was seriously ill for several days.

If your pet dies of a disease, which could be spread to other animals or even people, their body might also pose a risk. While vaccination has reduced the amount of dangerous pet diseases in the community, some diseases like parvovirus still occur in outbreaks and are very hardy and spread readily between dogs.

Aquamation vs Cryogenics

Cryonics is an attempt at immortality in which bodies are preserved in low temperatures, with the intention to revive them … whenever science catches up. In recent years, there’s been a decent amount of discussion about freezing humans for these reasons, but there’s also a movement to do the same for pets. These supporters preserve pets using the same methodology that’s used for humans.

As soon as you or the pet is dead, a team from a cryonics organization swaps its blood with a cryopreservative to prevent ice crystal formation in cells in a process called “perfusion.” The body is then moved to a storage vessel full of liquid nitrogen, known as a dewar or cryostat. Cryonics freezes your pet in liquid nitrogen at -310 °.

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We hope you agree that Pet Aquamation just makes sense. We guarantee that your pet will receive the best, most caring, respectful after-life service available.

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