The death of a pet is likely to be as traumatic to your family as losing a human loved one. Pets are important members of the family, therefore end of life decisions you make about pet cremation service are likely to be the last thoughtful thing you do for your pet. You'll no doubt be full of questions, and that's where we're here to help.
This section is designed to guide you through the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about choosing pet cremation services for your pet.
Your vet's role in the pet cremation
We understand your vet has been a trusted partner throughout the life of your pet, which is why we work closely with vets to ensure an efficient, professional and dignified pet cremation service. Feel free to ask your vet as many questions as you need to make the best end-of-life decision for your furry friend.
All about individual cremations
You have a few choices about what to do with your pet’s remains. Many people choose to bury their body in a shady spot in the garden, others opt for cremation, either community or private.
Private cremation means your pet is cremated with dignity and integrity on its own. At Patch & Purr we promise that the remains you receive are your pet’s and only your pet’s. Our unique tracking technology is your guarantee.
Community cremation, while cost-effective, means your pet will be cremated with other animals and you will not be able to receive their individual ashes back. The ashes will be mixed with the other pets that were cremated at the same time.
Your options for your pet's ashes
You can either receive your pet’s ashes in a temporary container, for you to scatter in their favourite hiding place, or you can choose from our range of elegant memorial urns.
Our unique tracking system explained
Our Pet Tracker 360 is your guarantee that the ashes you receive are those of your pet. Every pet that is entrusted into our care is provided with a unique Pet Tracker 360 ID tag. The unique Pet Tracker tag stays with the pet from the moment they come into our care and is returned home to you, so you know that the ashes returned are of your pet and only your pet.
Your Vet is provided access to our VetLink portal, allowing them to log in and see where your beloved pet is at any time while they are in our care.
We are the only pet cremation service in Australia with access to this unique software that will remove all doubt and ease any concern you may have.
To get an update on your beloved pet at any time, you can contact your vet or call us directly on 1300 112 711.
The pet cremation process
Your pet’s body is placed in the cremation chamber where, through heat and evaporation, the body is reduced to its basic elements which are referred to as “cremated remains.” Ashes are not the final result since “cremated remains” have neither the appearance nor the chemical properties of ashes – they are, in fact, bone fragments. Since the term “cremated remains” is little used by the public, most people refer to the “cremated remains” as “ashes.” Following preparation, the ashes are placed in a permanent urn, for you to keep at home, or in a temporary container, for you to scatter the remains in a place your pet loved.
VetLink is our web-based portal that allows vet clinics to track each pet's journey from their practice or your home, and back again.
The unique ID on the Pet Tracker 360 tag is scanned at multiple points while a pet is in our care, providing real-time updates to the VetLink portal.
The VetLink dashboard allows vets to access historical pet details, as well as tell us when we have a new pet to care for.
The VetLink portal is only available to vets. To get an update on your beloved pet at any time, you can contact your vet or call us directly on 1300 112 711.
If you’re in need of some extra support in the days and weeks following your pet’s death, take a look at these handy guides written by leading figure in grief and empathy education and author of When Pets Die: It's Alright to Grieve, Doris Zagdanski.
Patch & Purr offers pet cremations for when your loved one is no longer by your side, but forever in your heart.
We strive to treat your loyal friend with the care and respect they deserve at every step of the way. Call us 24/7 on 1300 112 711 or use the contact form below to speak to a Patch & Purr team member.