Is Pet Cremation Harmful To The Planet

Cremation has been in practice for a long time. Pet cremation has as well, and it is very popular in the US often used as an alternative to burials. Pet parents gravitate towards cremation as they get to keep their pet’s ashes. However, we are often asked if pet cremation is harmful to the planet. To answer this question, let’s review cremation and investigate an alternative option.

Living a green life and having a furry fuzzy member means that we need to also understand pet cremation and if it's green - lets take a closer look.

What Is Pet Cremation

The process of cremation takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending upon the size of the animal. Most veterinarians work with crematories that are specifically dedicated for pet cremations. A pet’s body is placed in a cremation unit where the temperature rises to 1400-1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Vaporization occurs, and ultimately the pet’s remains become a fine powder.
Cremation is generally considered to be more eco-friendly than an in-ground burial.
Due to crematories' use of natural gas, the process does release greenhouse gases, as well as vapors from other chemicals that may be present in a pet’s body.

What Are The Alternatives?

One of the newest alternatives to in-ground burial and pet cremation is aquamation. This method uses a natural process called alkaline hydrolysis - which uses a minimal 10% of the energy of a typical cremation. Also, with aquamation there are no air emissions. Alkaline hydrolysis relies on a water and alkaline method that naturally accelerates the decomposition process. To learn more about aquamation, visit our veterinary advisor’s Peaceful Waters Aquamation site. Losing a furry family member is difficult, painful, and downright horrible - we all go through this. However, what we gain and the love that we carry forward is such a blessing. With every dog we bring into our family we are richer for the experience.  
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