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If your pet passes at home

"The littlest feet make the biggest footprints in our hearts."

Author Unknown

Arranging Cremation

If your pet passes at home, the first thing to do is to take a deep breath, you may want to take a moment to say a prayer or poem or just talk to your pet about how
much you loved them. The other pets in the house may come over to
smell their deceased sibling - this is their way of saying goodbye.

When a pet passes, the body relaxes.  It is normal for the eyes to remain
open as the eyelids have relaxed.  There may be a release from the
bladder and/or bowels. If you wish,you can clean up any areas that have
been soiled. A pee pad or older towel can be placed under the hind to help
keep your pet clean. You can wrap your little or big angel in a blanket, in
a snuggle position. You may opt to snuggle them in their favorite bed
with one of their favorite toys. Your sweet baby can stay in their
snuggle spot until aftercare is arranged.

After you have them snuggled, you want to make sure to keep them in a
secure spot until it is time for transport - this is usually inside the
house. The body will usually start to change 1-4 hours after death. With
this change, called rigor mortis, the body becomes stiff. This is a natural
process.  You may want to wrapped in a blanket or put them in their dog/cat bed before rigor mortis occurs.
When it is time to transport your pet, it will feel different from what you are
accustomed to. You will need to support their head and bottom and
they may feel heavier than normal - please get assistance if needed.

You can call or text us at 413-327-5077 to arrange a time to drop off you beloved pet for cremation.  If it is after-hours, you can fill out this form and we will contact you when we get into the office in the morning.  

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