What do I do after my pet passes away?

This is an extremely upsetting question, and most of us don’t even want to think of an answer. However, we need to think about it so we know how we are going to handle it.

Here are 3 choices you will need to face at the time of your pet’s death: Private Cremation, Communal Cremation, or Burial.

For cremation, I recommend a pet crematory named Gateway. They are located in Guelph, Ontario.

  • Private Cremation: At Gateway, they have a crematory that is reserved exclusively for your pet. Your pet will be cremated alone, and the cremated remains will be carefully removed and secured in a complimentary scattering tube or silk pouch. Decorative urns are available at an additional cost. Gateway has many different urns, keepsakes and paw prints. A signed certificate of cremation is included with this service.
  • Communal Cremation: At Gateway, your pet is gently placed in the crematorium in a group setting among other pets. The communally cremated remains are later interred in a communal burial plot at the Ancaster Pet Cemetary as a final tribute. Each communal burial plot is identified with a Gateway cemetery marker. It is important to note that, with this service, the cremated remains of your beloved pet will not be returned to you.
  • Burial: Every municipality has different rules and guidelines, please check with your local municipality. 

Should I choose Private or Communal Cremation?

In my opinion, I would suggest choosing Private Cremation. Gateway adheres to a strict code of ethics and practices in all aspects of their operation. All pets entering their facility are assigned a unique pet record and pet reference number (tag and barcode) that follows them through every step of the cremation process, ensuring accuracy and accountability.

They also offer a wide range of decorative urns, paw prints, and many other beautiful products to memorialize your pet. You will get your pet’s unique reference number, which you can use to select a memorial on their portal Lasting Memories.

I offer complimentary engraving or personalization on any urns or keepsakes you would like. In addition, after the euthanasia has been completed, I can provide a complimentary paw print using quick dry clay. After you and your family spend a few private moments with your pet, I will carefully transport them to my car, and arrange the aftercare service.

It would be my pleasure to take care of the aftercare arrangements for your pet. If you have any questions about the service or products, aftercare process or any other inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Rosen.

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Dr. Goldie Rosen, DVM

Dr. Goldie Rosen, DVM

Dr. Goldie Rosen is a veterinarian and founder of Halton Veterinary House Call Services, providing compassionate pet euthanasia for dogs and cats at homes in Ancaster, Brampton, Burlington, Dundas, Georgetown, Hamilton, Milton, Mississauga, Oakville, Stoney Creek and Waterdown. Please call her at 905-876-7766 or contact her by email.

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Dr. Goldie Rosen, DVM is a veterinarian and founder of Halton Veterinary House Call Services, providing pet euthanasia for dogs and cats at homes in Ancaster, Brampton, Burlington, Dundas, Georgetown, Hamilton, Milton, Mississauga, Oakville, Stoney Creek and Waterdown.

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