FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
PET PRESERVATION

Regarding Preparation / Shipping Your Pet To Our Address

LOCATION

Markus Michalowitz.

Downunder Taxidermy. 

Pet Preservation Australia.

674 Kandanga Creek Rd Kandanga 

Queensland, Australia.

Mobile Phone 0412 97 92 95

Frequently asked questions

Q: How does the Pet Preservation Freeze Dried process work?


Your pet is carefully prepared and posed, supported by a custom-made framework. Next, it is frozen into that pose. It is then placed into a sealed vacuum chamber at extremely low temperature. Over time, frozen moisture is slowly converted into a gaseous state, and then extracted. The larger the subject the greater amount of moisture to be extracted. Typically, a small cat or dog will take 8 to 12 weeks. Larger animals will take a longer period of time, perhaps as much as 4 to 5 months in the case of a very large dog. However, all animals are unique, and sometimes take a bit more or less time than expected.




Q: What can be Freeze-Dried?


Most Dogs, Cats, Birds, Reptiles, Rabbits, Ferrets, Hares, Lambs, Baby Goats, and Piglets can be freeze-dried without restrictions as to how they remain. Some animals, such as newborn Calves, Foals, and other animals of similar size, need to be freeze-dried lying down. Even larger animals can sometimes be freeze-dried but must be posed in a specific position. If you're unsure about whether your pet can be freeze-dried, why not give us a call or fill out an inquiry form.




Q: How long will your pet look and last?


If you are having your pet preserved, we will ask you to send pictures of your animal and will also communicate with you to try to ensure it will be posed as you would like. We work to create a pose and appearance that looks as natural as possible. If the entire process is done correctly, using quality equipment and techniques, the results should be very life-like, even at close viewing. For this reason, we highly reccommend a sleeping or lying down posture for your pet. This looks the most natural in the absence of movement. However, we will work with you to accommodate any other pose of special considerations you would like. We strive to maintain your animal as completely and exactly as possible. During preparation, we keep the entire body of the pet intact, doing as little alteration as possible and taking several additional steps in order to produce better results. The equipment used in the freeze-dry process is very expensive to purchase, operate and maintain. Your pet will also weigh much less than it did originally due to the removal of the water and other bodily liquids that account for the majority of an animal's weight. If not subjected to subsequent damage (dirt, spills, stains, weather, mistreatment, etc.) there should be no further change or deterioration to your animal. With a little care, your pet can be held, carried, transported, and even gently petted.




Q: How do I prepare my pet for shipping to your place of business?


After your pet passes away, immediately place it into a sealed plastic bag (in a curled up position to make shipment an easier process) and then into a standard freezer. Veterinarians and kennel operators are usually happy to do this for you. Any heavy soiling or debris should be removed, but no washing, bathing or other preparation is necessary. We will attend to this for you. Your pet must remain frozen for overnight shipment to us, by Express Post or Express Courier. Normally this is not difficult to arrange. We will discuss specific instructions with you regarding packing, or any other special considerations. Shipment should be made at the beginning of the week in order to avoid weekend delays, during which your pet may thaw, and spoil.




Q: How do I care for my pet when I get them home?


Your preserved pet will not need a lot of care. To look after your pet after the freeze-drying process, simply give them a light dusting and surface spray every three months to stop silverfish and such damaging their hair and skin (similar to caring for a woollen jumper stored in a cupboard). You can occasionally brush and wipe down the pet with a slightly damp almost dry cloth if needed. Otherwise no maintenance is required.




Q: What are the best places to display my pet at home?


You can place them anywhere you like, but as they are a natural product there are a few things to be aware of when considering where to place them. Keep them out of direct sunlight as over time the sun will bleach their hair. Keep them away from places of high humidity like laundry, bathrooms or kitchens. Don't leave them outside or on verandahs and even though it may seem a good idea, you shouldn't place them close to heathers or fireplaces.




Q: What does it cost for Pet Preservation?


All animals and pets will vary in price depending on how big how they are, and how you want them to be posed. Payment is broken into stages to make the process less of a financial burden on you during this difficult time. A 20% non-refundable deposit is required on arrival of the pet. Then 30% more (also non-refundable) will be asked at the commencement of work. The rest of the payment is due on completion of our work. Click Here to contact us and receive a quote.