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Cremation Services

The Compassion Connection: How VHA Members Support Pet Owners with Cremation Services

Losing a beloved pet is a heart-wrenching experience for pet owners. During this difficult time, veterinarians and their trusted teams play a crucial role in providing not only medical care but also emotional support and guidance. One essential aspect of this support is assisting pet owners with cremation services. VHA pet cremation options help you guide pet owners through the cremation process with understanding, empathy and peace of mind.

VHA is a proud member of the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories.

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Just as every pet is unique, so are the preferences and needs of their owners. VHA understands this and works closely with member clinics to help provide everything you need to tailor cremation options for your clients. We strive to honor each pet’s memory in a way that is meaningful and personalized.

Ethical and Transparent Cremation Options*

VHA prioritizes transparency and ethical practices in all cremation services. We have all the materials you need to help ensure pet owners understand the entire process from the handling of their beloved pet’s remains to the return of ashes.

Individual Cremation – The pet is placed in a dedicated chamber, where they are the sole occupant throughout the cremation process. This guarantees their ashes are kept separate and distinct.

Separated Cremation – Separated pet cremation is for multiple pets at a time while still offering pet owners the option to honor and remember their pet individually. Pets are separated in the retort by a space of  (2-3 feet). This specialized service ensures that the ashes of each pet are meticulously gathered allowing families to receive distinct remains.  

Communal Cremation – In communal cremation, pets are cremated together and cremains are not returned to the owner. The cremains are buried off-site. Communal pet cremation offers a respectful and compassionate solution for pet owners who choose not to keep their pet’s ashes. In this process, multiple pets are cremated together. Each pet is handled with care and dignity while providing a cost-effective option. The cremains are buried off-site.

* VHA cremation services and memorialization options are available to VHA members who are on established delivery routes. All remains are returned to the veterinary practice for distribution to pet owners.

Cremation Urns & Unique Keepsakes Catalog

A young boy hugging an old dogThis catalog is a resource to aid grieving pet owners in choosing a memorialization option. We offer a range of keepsakes, including beautifully crafted urns, memorial jewelry, engraved plaques and other keepsakes. View urn and keepsake options.

Please Note: Clicking the link will open a new tab to view the
catalog. To download, locate the cremation download file in the top right of the screen. Click and Save File, and a PDF will be downloaded onto your computer.

Navigating the Grief Journey

Cremation Portal Login

If you are already a member of VHA and are looking to login to the Cremation Portal, please login to your My Account page to find your unique access link. 

We're Here to Help

Losing a beloved pet can be a painful experience, leaving their owners feeling isolated and overwhelmed. VHA and our member clinics provide the support and resources necessary to navigate this challenging period. Access counseling, support groups, and online forums that connect you with fellow pet owners who have also experienced loss.

If you have any questions about VHA’s pet memorial or need assistance in setting up your pet’s memorial, please contact VHA by phone at 651-287-3358 or email cremation@veterinaryha.org.