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What is Aquamation?
Aquamation is the trade name for a process called Alkaline Hydrolysis. The process works by combining a mixture of water and natural alkali/salts, NaOH and KOH, and gently agitating the alkali bath for roughly 24 hours. The bath is warmed to 200°F to accelerate the hydrolysis of organic tissue. Whether cremation or aquamation, the resulting ash remains are the same calcium phosphate (bone ash). Depending on the size of the pet receiving disposition via Aquamation, it may take anywhere from 24-72+ hours to naturally dry the ashes before they are ready to be processed and returned.
What's the difference?
- Aquamation uses 95% less energy than conventional cremation
- For every pet cared for by Heavenly Paws, the fuel savings are akin to taking an average vehicle off the road for 500 miles of driving
- There's no fire & no direct consumption of fossil fuels. Therefore, no carbon emissions nor toxic pollution
- All pathogens and drugs are sterilized or neutralized - including prions and chemotherapy drugs
- The Aquamation Service is more gentle on the pet's remains; on average 20% more of the pet's cremains are returned
- Orthopedic implants (including plates, screws, and total hips) are unaffected by the Aquamation service and can be reused
- The data is clear, pet owners choose Aquamation 92% of the time over flame-based cremation
Whitepaper: Implementation of Alkaline Hydrolysis in the Veterinary Practice
By Dr. Greg Helton
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