If your pet has passed away without euthanasia, weighs over 110 lb, or you prefer to make your own arrangements, you have several options for care of the body. Regardless of which option you choose, the body should be cared for within 24 hours, or kept cool. Protect the body against flies and ants, and protect your floor from fluids that may leak over time. Because the body stiffens within one to two hours, it is a good idea to curl the body in a sleeping position before this happens. You may use a blanket or box to help hold the body in a restful position.
Burial in a pet cemetery is another option. A list of pet cemeteries is available HERE
Burial at home may be permitted in some municipalities – the pet owner is responsible for ensuring that all local regulations are followed. Where home burial is legal, make sure that the grave is deep enough to cover the body with at least 3 feet of packed soil, and cover the site with stones or pavers to prevent birds and animals from contacting the body. Do not bury near utilities, wells, waterways, or areas that are prone to flooding.
San Francisco Bay Area Pet Cremation Facilities
In addition to standard cremation services, these facilities
also offer witnessed cremation by appointment:
Pets at Peace in San Ramon www.petsatpeaceca.com Phone: (925)408-2428
(Water based cremation is also available - this takes 3 days and cannot be witnessed)
Golden State Pet Crematorium in Castro Valley www.gspccares.com (510)449-1881
Groveway Veterinary Hospital in Castro Valley www.vetncare.com/groveway (510)581-6629
Valley Pet Loss Center in Livermore www.valleypetloss.com (925)344-6135
Pet's Rest in Colma www.petsrest.com/home.php (650)755-2201
Animal Memorial Service in Gilroy www.animalmemorialservice.com (408)847-1002
(Water based cremation is available - this takes 3 days and cannot be witnessed)
Forever My Pet Cremation in Gilroy www.forevermypetcremation.com (408)847-6454
Monterrey Bay Loved Pet in Royal Oaks www.lovedpets.com Phone (831)722-8722
These crematories do not offer witnessed cremation
(An appointment may still be required to bring your pet):
Bubbling Well in Napa www.bubbling-well.com (707)255-3456
My Pet’s Cemetery in Petaluma www.mypetscemetery.net (707)762-6743 by appointment only
Allied Pet Crematory in Suisun www.alliedpetcrematory.com (707)422-5750 by appointment only. Pet owners cannot directly witness the cremation, but a photo of the pet in the crematory is offered.
Information provided by Peace for Pets
For corrections or additions to this list, please contact Evelyn Ivey, DVM