It can be incredibly hard to lose a pet. They become such a special and important part of your everyday life so when they are gone, it can be difficult to process what you should do next. The grief can be overwhelming, but you know you’ll need to give your little buddy a proper goodbye soon enough.
But how exactly do you want to send your beardie to their eternal rest? What if you want to keep a little bit of them with you? You can always bury them, but that doesn’t have the same intimacy as keeping their ashes might. Having their ashes can also help with closure.
Cremation is a viable option for many creatures, but are bearded dragons one of them? Let’s talk about that.
Can You Cremate A Bearded Dragon?
The short answer is yes. They can be cremated the same way you would any other creature. The act of cremation is rather universal, and while they wouldn’t use the same methods they use for a human, they can do it on a smaller scale for pets.
If your beardie passes on unexpectedly though it can be difficult to assess what to do exactly at that moment. You want to be able to preserve your buddy the best that you can before you contact your vet or cremation services. To keep them preserved until they can be either buried or cremated, it is recommended that you put them in the freezer or if you have a 24-hour vet you can contact them and see what they recommend.
Some crematory services will offer pick-up, but you might have to pay an extra fee if your beardie passed of disease or some sort of illness. You may also have to pay extra if you want to view your pet beforehand, as well as for the container with which to put the ashes afterward. To save money and time you may also be able to bring your container such as an urn or a special box to have with you always. There are also special urns made specifically for bearded dragons that you can buy online. Check these out.
Once they are in your possession, your beardie’s ashes can be put wherever you want them. You could spread them somewhere that is special to you, bury them and put up a little memorial, keep them in a special trinket like a necklace, or keep them in a box or an urn that you can put somewhere special.
Though they are gone, they will always be remembered by you and those that were close to you. Beardies are such sweet and special pets that even when they are gone, they linger in the happiness you shared with them. If you fear your beardie may be coming to the end of their life, you can start planning now for what you’ll do after.
The death of a special part of your life can be difficult, but making the decisions now for the eventuality of their death, can make the grieving process easier for you in the long-run.
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