Because of zoning laws prohibiting the burial of pets, the vast majority of pets in America are cremated. Cremation is also widely done in countries like the United Kingdom. Pet cremator Kevin Spurgeon goes through the facts about pet cremations.
It takes a great amount of heat, not necessarily fire, to cremate a pet.
Temperatures need to reach over 1400 degrees F (800 degrees C) to reduce a pet’s body to bone fragments. These fragments are then reduced to ashes in a process called cremulation. These are the ashes that are returned to the pet’s human family.
Pet owners can go to their vet’s office to get a pet cremated or can bring the pet to a pet crematorium. The latter method is recommended for pet owners who not only want the ashes of their pets back but want to make sure the ashes consist solely of their pet and no one else’s.
Ashes returned to pet owners from vet offices tend to be ashes of the beloved pet and that of other people’s pets. Pet cremations are often done with several pets at once. Pet owners are usually given the option of not getting the ashes back, but having the ashes scattered by a pet crematorium worker.