After you’ve raised a pet for more than ten years, the pet becomes family and not just a mere pet anymore. You can’t just forget about a family member after they’ve died. According to many pet owners being able to see and touch them gives them so much comfort, especially if the animal was there to provide company through their previous losses, such as in the case of the death of close relatives.
If you feel the same for your dead pet or one that will soon be gone, you can have taxidermy for them too.
However, for taxidermy, there is a time frame observed to help make taxidermy successful. So, what’s the time frame? What conditions do you need to meet?
Taxidermy can be done any time after death as long as the carcass is intact. The most important thing to do in preparation for taxidermy is to put your dead pet in a freezer. You need to do this immediately after or within 24 hours after your pet dies to avoid decomposition. Start by wrapping the pet in a towel. Make sure the legs are tucked in the towel and try to tilt the head towards the body.
The pet can last in the freezer as long as you may wish since no decay occurs. This will give you time to go through the grieving process before you start thinking about the complexities of pet taxidermy.
Disposing or Displaying?
Someday your pet will cross the rainbow bridge, and you may wonder what to do with their body if they do. There are many options that pet owners have for dealing with their pets. Some people may opt to bury their pets, compost, cremate, among other options.
Composting your pet involves sending your dead pet to a composting company that will turn your pet into fertilizer and send it back to you. You can then plant flowers or a tree in their honor using the fertilizer. Cremation is another option for dead pets, but most pet owners are unsure if the ash they get is really their pet’s ash or all the ash from all the other pets.
Taxidermy is for the brave; this is the best option for memory keeping. So, what is taxidermy? Taxidermy can be described as the art of preserving an animal’s body for display. The process itself is known as taxidermy, but also the end product is referred to as a taxidermy mount.
Taxidermy leaves the animal looking just as they did on the day they died. The process involves freezing temperatures and pressures to stop the decomposition process of the pet’s body tissues. With good care after the taxidermy process, you can expect your pet to last a lifetime. Fortunately, a professional taxidermist will lay down some after-care instructions that you need to follow to take care of your pet after the taxidermy process.
What to Do After a Pet’s Death in Preparation For Taxidermy
After a pet’s death, it’s time for grieving for most people, and sometimes there’s no time to think of what to do after the previous ones die. Whether we like it or not, one day, our beloved pets will be gone. You have to think about what to do with their bodies before they’re dead.
If you choose to bury them naturally, you need to find a place suitable for their burial. If you decide on composting or cremation, you will need to know a professional.
So, if you have chosen taxidermy, it is also advisable for you to select a professional taxidermist who is experienced enough to handle the situation. You will also need to know what to do in preparation for the process.
Why is it vital to seek professional taxidermy service? Well, a professional and compassionate taxidermist will take you through coping with your grief. You should take a pet’s loss with the seriousness it deserves, and most animal preservation specialists are aware of this. They will take you through coping with grief and help you deal with the loss of your pet.
A professional taxidermist will take you through the taxidermy process, what to expect and what to do when waiting for your product. You may have many questions, especially if it will be your first time to taxidermy a pet, and choosing a professional taxidermist will allow you to ask and receive answers to the questions you may have.
What is Posing in Taxidermy?
Posing is the position that you want your taxidermy pet to be in after they are dead. Your preferred taxidermist will ask you what pose you want for your beloved one. Here are some of the poses available for a pet owner considering taxidermy for their pet:
- Head on paws
- Curled up
All these posing positions are ideal for taxidermy, but sleeping seems to be the most popular posing position. Maybe because of the look that it gives of a seemingly sleeping or relaxed animal. The pose also depends on the animal’s size, where sitting may only work for smaller animals like in bird taxidermy. You can also choose to have your pet’s eyes opened or closed.
In difficult times, after you have lost your pet, it can be hard to decide what to do with the remains of your dead pet. For this reason, it is advisable for you as a pet owner to have an honest talk on what you will do with the remains of your dead pet. No matter how you decide to deal with it, you must remember that different people deal with trying times differently. So, it is not wrong to choose taxidermy as one way of dealing with your grief. However, if you go for taxidermy, remember to preserve your pet well in preparation for the process.