Paws & Remember
1901 W. Springer Dr.
Champaign Pet Cremation
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Our Champaign Team
Libby Herr - Owner
Our Champaign Facility
We are proud to partner with a trusted network of area veterinarians to provide quality pet loss care. Please see our list of Paws & Remember providers, under the tab "Area Providers", and feel free to contact them directly with any questions. If your veterinarian is NOT listed as a Paws & Remember provider, please call us directly at (217) 355-5551 and one of our caring staff members will be happy to answer any inquiries you may have.
What Should I Do If My Pet Dies at Home?
Paws & Remember wishes to extend our most sincere sympathies to anyone anticipating or experiencing the loss of a loved one. We understand that this is a difficult time for the entire family.
If your pet is under the care of a veterinarian at the time of passing, and it is during normal business hours, your vet can help guide you through the next steps. A link to a list of Paws & Remember Area Providers can be found at the top-right column of this webpage. If your veterinarian is not listed under Area Providers, you may still contact them and express your wish to use our services, or you may contact us directly at (217) 355-5551.
If you do not have a relationship with a veterinarian, you may also contact us directly.
Should your loved one pass outside of normal business hours, there are a few additional steps that you will need to take.
You may call our offices at (217) 355-5551, 24 hours/day. If it is after normal business hours, you will be automatically directed to our answering service. Please leave a detailed message with your name, contact information, approximate weight of your animal and time of death, and one of our caring staff members will return your call between the hours of 8am-8pm to assist you in making final arrangements and in the removal of the body from your home.
In the meantime, it is important to properly prepare your pet for cremation. This can be an emotionally (and sometimes physically) trying process, and if you do not feel equipped to handle it, we encourage you to call a friend or other family member for assistance.
--Obtain a blanket, towel or bed sheet that is large enough to wrap around the body. Also obtain a heavy-duty plastic bag (you may want to double up on bags if they are thin, or if your animal is very large).
--Arrange the body on the blanket, towel or sheet. Place the body on its side in a curled-up position, as if sleeping. This can not only help offer a sense of peace, but will make is easier to handle the body.
--Tightly wrap the body in the blanket, towel or sheet, then slide it into the plastic bag(s). In the case of a larger animal, this will likely be a two-person job.
--Tie bag in a knot to secure.
--Remains should be kept as cool as possible to slow the natural decomposition process. If the animal will fit, we recommend placing them in a freezer or refrigerator. NOTE: If you intend to have a necropsy conducted to determine the cause of death, do NOT place your animal in the freezer (refrigeration is still okay). It is essential that you contact a veterinarian as soon as possible if you would like a necropsy.
--If the animal will not fit in the freezer or refrigerator, you may place it in a cool area of your home, away from sunlight (basements and garage floors typically work well) and pack the body with bags of ice to keep it as cool as possible.
--The body will not decompose immediately, so there is little need to worry about odor, if these steps are followed.
--Also, contrary to common belief, other pets in the home will not be traumatized by seeing the deceased body, and may even benefit from their own opportunity to say "goodbye".
Take some time to rest and reflect on the good times spent with your departed loved one. A Paws & Remember team member will be contacting you shortly.
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