Pets, for the majority of families, are considered a cherished family member. It makes no difference if a pet dies from progressive health issues, was hit by a vehicle, or worse yet killed by another animal; the hurt goes deep to the core of family members' souls. When you lose a pet, you feel as though you will never be the same again as your deceased pet left a deep void.
Some pet owners feel they cannot go on without their beloved best friend. At the time of death, the pet owner must consider if they will take their best friend home for burial or have their pet cremated. These two decisions seem final and many times does not seem an option for the family.
There is one more option that is quite common and becoming more popular. You can preserve your pet through the freeze-drying method. After death, we carefully remove all the moisture in your pet's body in a controlled environment using frigid temperatures and a freeze dryer. We ensure gentle treatment of your best friend.
This process prevents tissue decay. The process takes place over the course of four to five months. All features remain, and the pet remains very real. A pet owner who has decided on having their pet preserved and not buried or cremated should access our website for more information on pet preservation.
Do not confuse freeze-drying with taxidermy. In taxidermy, the musculoskeletal system remains intact. This process calls for skinning the animal. We then stretch the skin over a urethane form. Taxidermy does not last forever.
Freeze-drying is a unique process to allow the pet to keep its appearance. When we complete this process, your pet is 100 percent preserved as you knew and loved your pet. Follow the steps below to prepare your pet for freeze-drying.
There are definitive steps to take when a pet dies, and they are as follows.
- Wrap your pet in a favorite blanket or towel. Please place them in a large plastic bag and put them in a freezer. The body needs to be positioned correctly and within 24 hours of death. Tuck the legs into the body and tilt the head toward the body.
- Give us a call and arrange for shipping or to drop off your pet to us.
- For shipping, place your pet in a Styrofoam cooler, roomy enough for the body to lay. Insulate open spaces in the box. Tape up the box and place the cooler in a cardboard box.
- Utilize any shipping service that is appropriate. Be aware that shipping is expensive.
- Mail the box overnight or express mail.
- If you are unable to afford express shipping, you can ship two to three-day delivery. However, you must pack the cooler with dry ice or blue freezer packs and never use ice. Do not ship requesting a signature.
- Forward to us some photos of your pet, especially a close up of the eyes.
- Let us know as soon as you ship.
- We will speak several times during this process. We are here for you.
Each pet has different circumstances surrounding their death. We are experts at making a pet look natural no matter what the circumstances. This process takes time. We will not take shortcuts or cut corners because we take pride in the work we do. Your pet can be in the freeze dryer for 30 days to six months or more, depending on their weight. We can go over that with you.
We replace the eyes with specialized glass eyes that can take up to 12 weeks to include in the total price. We groom the pet before and after the freeze-drying process.
How Long Does Freeze-Dried Pets Last
Unlike taxidermy, a freeze-dried pet lasts forever if the freeze-dry process includes removing the professional removes the fat under the skin line. The freeze drier must do this process because fat does not freeze.
After a short time of two to three years, this fat leaches out from under the skin resulting in a foul odor. Make sure the Freeze Driers remove the fats and oils. If this vital step is bypassed, eventually, the whole freeze-dried process becomes ruined, and the pet owner is heartbroken once again. Oil and fat become disastrous. When the freeze drier does the process correctly, the animal lasts forever.
We perform an expert process lasting a lifetime. However, it would help if you cared for your pet in the afterlife as well as you did before death. We review everything with you. Whenever you have questions, we are here to answer them for you.
Get Help from the Professionals
Animal and Pet Preservation has a full-time devotion to helping pet owners through the grief process when their beloved pet passes away. No longer are there two options after death. There is a third option to preserving a pet for those owners who cannot say a final good-bye.
Make sure you get help from a preservation expert who can preserve your pet the right way. We ensure that you do not have to go through the grief process again because the freeze-dried process was incorrect. We have been in business since 1993. Our professionalism, expertise, experience, compassion, dignified, understanding, empathy, and trustworthiness is unparalleled.
We are deeply sensitive to your feelings. While some families want to know everything in the freeze-drying process, other families are too grief-stricken to want to know everything. You let us know what you need and want to know, and we take the time to explain.
We fully understand the hurt and deep grief when a pet owner loses their pet to death. We care for animals such as dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, and fish.
- Call Animal Family Pet Preservation for more in-depth information.
- We stand ready to take your call today and are here to help you cope with your loss.
- We will take all the time you need and answer all of your questions.
- If your pet is ever damaged, we repair it for free. All you pay for is shipping.
- We do such an excellent job with preservation that we offer our families a Lifetime Guarantee on your preserved pet.