Pet Euthanasia Aftercare Information

There are several options available for aftercare. You may prefer to bury your loved pet at home, though this can be made difficult in certain living arrangements or can cause distress if you plan to move from your property in the future. It is important to contact your city ordinates to find out if pet burial is legal.

Sweet Dreams now offers cremation in our in-house state of the art faculties. From the moment your beloved pet enters our care they stay with us until they are safely back with you.

**In the unanticipated event that your pet passes prior to your appointment, it is very important that we are able to reroute our veterinarian to families with pets that still need veterinary care. If this should happen, our Compassion Care Experts will guide you through aftercare options and provide contact information for available services. We appreciate your understanding in getting our veterinarians where they are most needed. If you anticipate this possibility, please discuss this with our Compassion Care Experts so we can help you prepare.

Cremation services

After your pet has passed, you may elect to have your pet cremated. There are several options available which we can discuss with you prior to our visit. If you choose to have Sweet Dreams handle your pets cremation, there is nothing needed to do on your end. After the euthanasia has been performed your pets remains will then be returned to you. (typically within a week)

Private cremation means that your pet will be the only pet cremated at a particular time and you will receive his or her ashes. Pricing for cremation depends on the size of your pet and can be discussed over the phone.

  • Special urns may also be purchased for your pets’ remains -- these can be chosen at the time of your appointment.
  • Engraving is available on many of the urns.

Communal cremation is available at a discounted flat-rate since you will not be receiving ashes after cremation. This is essentially a means of caring for the body if you do not desire to have return ashes and do not have an adequate place for burial.

The healing process

Since your pet is a family member, losing them can be very similar to losing a human family member. It is not an easy experience and grieving is definitely necessary.

Every person is different in their grieving process and we encourage families to allow every member to grieve in their own ways. We recommend that you take time to grieve the special relationship you had with your pet. Because some people spend more time with their pet than extended family members and friends, you should treat the loss accordingly.

One suggestion is to plant a flowering perennial in honor of your pet so every spring, when the plant blooms, you can be reminded of your beloved pet. Give us a call to discuss your options: (770) 880-1596.

Memorial urns

We believe that pets are an important and engaging member of the family whose loss results in the same grieving process as would losing any other family member. We believe your pet deserves the same respect.

We offer a wide variety of memorial urns to choose from. Displaying one of these urns within your home make for a wonderful reminder of the pet you loved.

For a full selection of memorial products and pricing, view our catalog

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The grieving process

You've built a very strong relationship with your pet, especially since they have only desired to please you and give you companionship. Take the time to grieve that special relationship and friendship. You have spent more time with your pet than many of your extended family and friends, so why treat the death any differently than another family member or friend? If you are worried that coworkers will judge you or you are not comfortable telling them your pet passed, tell them you have had a death in the family and you need some time-you have had a death in your family.

At the time of euthanasia, each family will receive a clay paw print to remember their beloved pet, along with pet loss and grief information.

Below are some suggestions of things to do with your paw print:

  • Punch a hole in the top and after it is baked, hang it on your wall over your pet's favorite spot.
  • Use it as a paper weight on your desk.
  • Place it in your garden or your pets favorite outside spot (be sure to glaze appropriately).
  • As an activity for children, decorate with stones or jewels and paint with special colors.
  • Remember to talk to family members about how they are grieving. If they are not ready to talk, that is okay, too. Try to remember that everyone grieves differently. One way to try and help someone open up would be to share funny stories about your pet. Was he/she a good puppy or kitten?