Aftercare

As part of Dr. Maggie’s service, the following aftercare options are available to you. These options will be discussed with you during your initial conversation. 

Cremation

Dr. Maggie has an arrangement with Fond Memories (formally The Pet Loss Center of Austin) which provides, to her clients, certain advantages that would not be available if you were to make your own arrangements.

These advantages include:

  • Discount on cremation cost as set by Fond Memories.
  • Private Cremation includes a paw print and fur clipping, at no additional cost.
  • Transport for all cremations.
  • Initial contact and appointment set-up with the crematory.
  • On-going communication with the crematory until transport.
  • Little to no additional charge to our clients for transport after hours, on Sundays or Holidays.

All charges for your individual service will be discussed when your appointment is scheduled.  All charges are due in full at your appointment.

If you should decide upon cremation, the crematory will be immediately contacted once your appointment has been scheduled to ensure that your needs will be met. If you should change your mind regarding cremation and you do not notify Compassionate Pet Vet prior to your scheduled appointment, a non-cancellation fee for cremation services of $50.00 may be charged.  

Private Cremation

Private cremation means that your pet will be cremated individually (no co-mingling of ashes) with ashes returned to you.

The private cremation package includes the following:

  • Coordination of transport (so that after your pet has passed and you are ready; transport of your pet will occur).
  • Use of a memorial room.
  • One clipping of your pet’s fur and one paw print (clay or ink).
  • Complete tracking of your pet through the entire process from transport to return of ashes.
  • A beautiful rosewood urn with a nameplate.
  • A mini blooming remembrance package.
  • Supportive literature on the grieving process.

Fond Memories, the Austin location, will contact you when the ashes are ready for pick-up (generally within seven (7) days).

Communal Cremation

Communal cremation means that your pet will be cremated with other beloved pets. The ashes will not be returned to you.

The communal cremation package includes the following:

  • Coordination of transport (so that after your pet has passed and you are ready; transport of your pet will occur).
  • Supportive literature on the grieving process.

The ashes will be disposed of in a respectful manner, at the discretion of Fond Memories.

Natural Burial

Fond Memories can provide information for a natural burial; please contact them directly.

Home Burial

You may elect to bury your pet at your home.

Things to Consider for a Home Burial:

  • Check your city/county ordinances for restrictions.
  • Call your local utilities office to come mark your yard. There may be gas lines or water lines buried underground.
  • Consider future additions when choosing a location.
  • Wrap your loved one in a small blanket, t-shirt, or pillowcase.  Avoid any kind of plastics.
  • An urn or box is not necessary unless you have something particular in mind.
  • Adequate depth is three to five feet.
  • At least two feet of soil should be on top of the body.
  • If you need to delay the burial, you may want to place your pet’s body in an airtight plastic container and put your pet in a refrigerator or freezer.