To date, the most progressive association is called The Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA), whose members are supposed to voluntarily adhere to the most stringent standards in the country.
Very few members of the public and veterinary community are aware of what these standards and definitions entail, but their literature can be obtained by either contacting a PLPA member or visiting the PLPA website’s standards and definitions page. It is recommended that you investigate what professional associations a cremation company belongs to, and never assume that because a company belongs to a professional association that they do things perfectly . If there is something you don’t understand, or would like to know more about, ask the provider.
Although most pet parents would assume otherwise, an overwhelming majority of veterinary providers have never seen the facilities with which they are currently partnered. In most cases, they go off the same assumptions and blind trust that you are giving them to do the right thing.
Unfortunately, many veterinary hospitals across the country make their decision to partner with cremation providers based on price and price alone.
Make sure to investigate any crematory that is working with your veterinarian. Ensure they are worthy of your business and adhere to standards that go above and
beyond what is required by the state. Insist to be given a detailed description of the services in writing beforehand . If something doesn’t sound right, it is very likely that you are being given misinformation, or worse , you may be being lied to.
If your gut tells you something is not right, find a service provider with whom you are more comfortable. Remember : ask questions and don’t assume anything. You have the right to know everything. You have the right to begin your grief journey with the peace of mind of knowing that your cremation service meets or exceeds your expectations. You have the right to ensure your pet is treated with compassion and dignity.