Pet preservation is the method of
freeze-drying your deceased pet.
The Pet Freeze-Drying Process
The trained professional, usually a
taxidermist first removes all the internal organs and body fat from your pet. In some cases the body must be filled out with artificial fillers to compensate for the dehydration. False eyes, usually custom made glass eyes in exact matching colour are inserted into the sockets to prevent a sunken look. Your pet is then put inside a special freeze drying sealed chamber with a very low temperature to produce a vacuum application.
All the moisture is removed and the tissue remains unaltered. This way its avoids decay.
As time goes by frozen moisture
will convert into a gaseous like state and will be extracted
away from the chamber. The procedure is called lyophilization.
Pet owners are asked to provide their pet’s picture so as the operator can recreate an appearance and pose as close to lifelike as is possible. The choice of pose needs to be decided on prior to laying
the pet inside the chamber. Pets can be posed with eyes open or closed, an extended paw or a skyward gaze. A sleeping or lying down posture is the more natural appearance and is more cost effective. Your pet will weigh significantly less on completion.
How Long will This Take?
Generally the whole procedure will take 8 to 12 weeks for small mammals and up to 5 to 10 months for larger ones.
After this period your pet shall be returned to you at room temperature and remain in that condition indefinitely.
Preparation of Deceased Pet
It is advisable and important that
less than 24 hours after your pet has died that its placed inside a sealed plastic bag and put inside a standard freezer preferably in a curled up position.
Your pet needs to be shipped by overnight express courier to the facility.
It is imperative that it doesn’t thaw as it becomes spoiled.
Aftercare Of Your Pet
Your preserved pet must be kept away from direct heat, intense sunlight, heaters of any kind, fireplaces and areas of high humidity. Other than that all it needs is a light dusting down and wipe down with a slightly damp cloth.
It can be held, carried, transported and gently petted. This is the closest thing to having your pet still with and beside you without the animation of course.
Immortalizing Your Pet, The Cost
Depending on your chosen service provider you can expect to pay between $850 and $1,200 for a pet under 10 pounds weight. Pricing is estimated on size and weight so thereby something bigger and heavier would cost significantly more.
Where Is Pet Freeze-Drying Service Offered?
Its unclear but it may number less that 30 worlds wide. Pet owners want perfection. They have a tendency to scrutinise every fine detail to seek out any imperfection or flaw. These services may feel as though they cannot live up to the high standards expected therefore many conventional taxidermists don’t provide this service. This is expected to change over the coming years.
Is Freeze-Drying Pets After Death Common?
It appears as thought this practice is becoming increasingly more popular but still vastly in the minority. Elderly people who do not intent getting another pet are the most likely to have it done. Also a trend is developing in the celebrity world to keep their dead pets around.
We all love and adore our pets and are in a state of devastation when they pass on. That spontaneous nudge of a wet nose or a lick of the hand. The over joyous leap and frantic tail wagging on greeting us at the door. We know their every idiosyncrasy, we talk to them and feel as though they are listening to us. They give us a lift on days we are sad and low. They make us feel wanted and special when others may have doubted or deserted us. The emotional bond created can be very strong and intense and want it to last forever.
It is however a fact of life that our pets have a relatively short life compared to humans. It is not unusual for the average person or average family household to own a number or numerous pets throughout a lifespan. When a human, pet or any creature that you dearly care for dies, general convention follows and we bury or cremate the body. Over time then the great wounds of loss and sadness slowly dissipate.
For some people letting go can be too painful to contemplate so they want the unique feeling that holding on to the physical remains gives them. Looking at and touching their pet still provides that lasting attachment and comfort.
For some this could be a controversial subject even bordering on taboo.
Personally I would not get a pet preserved by freeze-drying and even following the after care maintenance seems more akin to dealing with an ornament or trophy. To me its a tad on the eerie side.
What are your thoughts on this? Would you take this unorthodox approach to memorize your pet?