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Families today frequently choose cremation when their pet dies; however, there is often confusion among families, veterinarians and even cremation providers surrounding the definitions of the various options available for cremation and the procedures used in each.
The Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA), a group of more than 150 pet loss providers and related businesses, has released "Definitions and Standards for the Cremation of Companion Animals" to promote uniformity and standardization in pet cremation.
Developed by the PLPA Standards and Ethics Committee, the document defines "private cremation," "partitioned cremation" and "communal cremation" and provides guidelines for procedures on each. The terms are defined as follows:
The complete document can be downloaded here.