Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen to my pet's body?

In most cases, after your pet has died, and you have had the opportunity to say your final farewell, the body will be entrusted in the care of your veterinarian until you decide what you want to do.

If you feel you are not able to make an immediate decision, that's okay! Simply ask your veterinarian to hold your pet's body for you for a couple of days, until you provide further instructions. Most veterinarians are able to do this without difficulty and are more than happy to provide assistance with making final arrangements.

How can I be sure my pet is treated with respect?

Honor Your Pet Aftercare Services has worked hard to gain a reputation for excellence and is the preferred service provider for many veterinary hospitals and clinics on Vancouver Island.

Honor Your Pet Aftercare Services is proud to be a member of International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories and has addressed all criteria for ethical operation according to guidelines established by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.

You can be rest assured that Honor Your Pet Aftercare Services and your veterinarian will handle your pet's remains with honesty, dignity and respect.

If I opt for a 'individual cremation,’ how can I be certain I will get the right ashes back?

Your veterinarian takes great care in labeling and handling all of the bodies entrusted to their care. While there are no government regulations controlling the operation of pet crematorium facilities in British Columbia, we have set our own high standards for professionalism and ethical business practices. The owners of Honor Your Pet Aftercare Services have completed accredited courses through the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories as a Certified Pet Cremationist and Pet Funeral Director.

Your animal companion is identified with a numbered stainless steel tag. When they perform an individual cremation, they include the tag with the pet's body. It remains intact throughout the cremation process and is given to you (along with the cremains) as a guarantee of accuracy. We also provide you with a certificate of cremation; sharing the cremation date, your animal's name and the number that is on the tag linked to your pet’s body.

We follow the regulated human cremation procedures as close as we possibly can. When a human passes away, for example, a knee or hip replacement is not returned. If your animal companion has any "hardware" from surgeries or accidents, those metal components are not returned unless requested.

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