How Much Does Pet Cremation Cost?

January 6, 2021 8:24 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Where will your pet rest and where will you remember them? For many pet owners, cremation is a loving tribute to their pet’s life and personality.

Should I Cremate or Bury My Pet?

Burial is the traditional choice for the final resting place for beloved pets. Burial provides a place you can go to remember your pet and provides a place that brings back happy memories of your years with your beloved pet. But burial is not without its disadvantages.

Home burial is an option for homeowners only if local regulations permit it. Renters would need the permission of their property’s owners before burying their pets. Even if the grieving family owns the property, it may not be possible to transfer the remains or visit the burial site after the property is sold.

Home burial can be difficult for numerous reasons as well. Failing to bury them deep enough to avoid attracting scavenger animals can create a very upsetting situation. And having a burial site on your property creates a constant reminder of the death of your pet. Improper home burials can also result in the body decomposing near water lines, or other important utilities, leading to health issues, financial hardship, and potentially even legal troubles.

Another option for burial is a pet cemetery. There are more than 100 pet cemeteries in the United States, but there are some limitations on their services. Some cemeteries accept the remains of all kinds of animals, furry, finned, or scaled, while others are limited to just dogs and cats, or just dogs, or just cats.

Buying a burial plot and having a grave dug will cost between $400 and $1000. This will also require a coffin, sometimes wood, sometimes plastic, and sometimes metal, which can cost from $50 to $1000. Grave markers range from $50 for a metal marker with your pet’s name to about $1000 for a headstone with their picture and life information.

The cemetery will often charge a fee for maintaining the plot, sometimes about $20 a month, indefinitely, or about $500 for service for the rest of your lifetime. Pet cemeteries offer packages covering plot, burial, casket, marker, and maintenance for $500 to $5000.

What Are the Benefits of Pet Cremation?

Cremation transforms the body into ash. This is a service that you can arrange on your own, or you can work with your veterinarian to decide on a pet crematory to pick up your pet’s remains with your pet’s ID tag and return the ashes to you in a few days. You will also receive a certificate of cremation stating your pet’s name, your name, and the date of occurrence, especially when the ashes are not returned to you.

Cremation is a service most commonly used for smaller pets, such as dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, fish, and monkeys. It would be unusual to cremate a large animal such as a horse, although even very large animals can be cremated. Cremation vaporizes organic matter and leaves metal and small amounts of bone. Metal is removed with a magnet, and the cremated bone is pulverized into gray or white ash.

The process takes 30 to 45 minutes for smaller animals and up to several hours for large dogs. Some crematories will honor a request to be present in a viewing room prior to the process, but others will not.

Pet crematories offer individual, group, and mass cremations. An individual may be cremated without any other animals. Two more animals may be cremated in separate metal containers at the same time.

In some cases, several animals may be treated in the same crematory at the same time in a mass cremation, with the comingling of ashes at the end of the process. Individual handling is typically more expensive than in groups.


How Much Does a Cremation Cost?

Communal cremation of a small pet may cost around $30 to $50. A crematorium may charge $250 for a large household pet’s individual cremation. Urns for ashes, which will vary in material and artistry, may cost from $25 to $2500.

Some families choose to keep their pet’s ashes in an honored place in the home. Others spread the ashes over a beloved field or backyard. There are even services that can transform a pet’s ashes into a diamond. However, there are no additional charges once you have received your pet’s cremains.

Does the Size of my Pet Affect the Cost?

It is generally true that dog taxidermy and cremation costs are higher for larger pets. These funeral homes usually charge based on weight category, one charge for pets weighing up to 20 pounds, another charge for pets weighing 20 to 50 pounds, and so on. There is no standard charge for pet cremation, and costs for very large dogs, such as Leonberger, Newfoundland, and Tibetan Mastiffs may have to be determined on a case by case basis.

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