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What is Aquamation? 

Aquamation (alkaline hydrolysis) is a gentle, water-based alternative to flame cremation. The process mimics Mother Nature by utilizing heat, water and alkali. It was patented in 1888 and has been used by the medical industry for years.


It's an eco-friendly alternative with no harmful emissions and is 90% more energy-efficient when compared to traditional cremation. In addition, approximately 20% more remains are returned to the family.


How Does It Work?

Utah Pet Aquamation uses alkaline hydrolysis to mimic what takes place in natural decomposition in the soil. A gentle water flow, temperature, and alkalinity combination accelerates the natural course of time.


At the end of the process, the body has been returned to its natural elements. Similar to cremation, the only solid remains are the mineral (ash) of the bones.


The ash is a light sage or white color because it retains more minerals, is clean, and without carbon discoloration. Because the bone and ash need to go through drying time, a day or two more is needed before the remains can be returned to families (if desired).


Aquamation generates a sterile, EPA-neutral liquid solution of amino acids, peptides, and sugars suitable for release onto the earth or discharge into the sewer system.

Individual and communal services are available using Aquamation. Individual Aquamation means your pet will have a private chamber inside the machine, and only their mineral remains will be returned to you.


Communal Aquamation means your pet will be in the same compartment as other pets and you will not receive any remains. Communal remains are spread on private land.

What kinds of animals can we accommodate?

Utah Pet Aquamation can help families with all species including dogs, cats, fish, snakes, bunnies, guinea pigs and exotics.

Why choose Aquamation?

  • Gentle and respectful process

  • Zero emissions – no harmful greenhouse gases

  • Low energy consumption

  • 1/10 the carbon footprint of flame-based cremation

  • Ashes are 100% clean, disease and pollutant-free

  • Cost is similar to standard flame-based cremation

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