All dogs go to Heaven, but that doesn’t mean you may be ready to let go of your best friend. Whether it was a tragic accident or a peaceful end of life, it will undoubtedly take a toll on you. Just like a close relative or best friend, pet owners cherish the lives of their pets and want to remember them after they are gone as well. You have many options you can choose from. Pet owners commonly choose cremation for their pets to keep their pets with them forever. But how much does it cost to cremate a dog?
This is a stressful time for you, and not knowing what to expect financially might be making times even more stressful. Here is your personal guide for the cremation process, types of cremation, the costs and things to factor in, and everything else you may need to know. Hopefully, by the end of this, you will feel more prepared and at peace.
When Your Pet Passes
While you may be seeing signs that your dog is dying, sometimes it is completely unexpected. Even if you know, it can be hard to accept the loss. However, unless your pet has passed at the vet, it’s important to take action fairly quickly before the decomposition process begins.
- Before anything, make sure they have truly passed. If the end is near, then it’s possible their breathing can slow to the point you might think they have passed already. Make sure by looking for very shallow breathing. If they are, you might want to go to the vet as soon as possible and consider euthanasia to reduce any pain they are experiencing. Knowing how much it costs to put a dog down also helps set your expectations.
- If your pet has passed, the bowels will be released shortly after passing unless it was dehydrated or hasn’t eaten. It’s a good idea to lay something down to catch any of this.
- Place your pet in a container in a cold area. Whether it’s the garage, freezer, or wherever you can think of, this will preserve the body longer. This will give you time to figure out your next move.
- The most important part is figuring out what you want to do with your pet. Whether it’s cremation, burial, or something else, you will need to make this important decision. You might not know what to do, which is why this guide is here to help you.
Dog Cremation Process
When the time comes for your pet to pass, whether it’s from euthanasia or passing at home, there are a lot of options to choose from. If you choose cremation to dispose of the body, which is the most common choice for pet owners, you’ll have to get the pet to a crematory. Cremation is performed by heating the body up to around 1400-1600 degrees Fahrenheit. The extreme heat will then create the dust substance we see when we see cremated remains. A magnet will remove any pins or other metals. The dust is then pulverized and put into a plastic bag or other temporary containers that are then given to the owner. You usually get the ashes within the day or the next day, depending on the type of cremation you get.
Types of Dog Cremation
There are a few different types of cremations. There is a private cremation, communal cremation, or individual cremation.
Privation dog cremation
A private dog cremation is when the pet is put into the chamber by itself. The ashes will be only that one pet, so there are no other pets’ ashes in the container.
Communal dog cremation
Communal dog cremation is when you have more than one pet in the same chamber. The pets will have mixed ashes and are usually disposed of after.
Individual dog cremation
Finally, an individual dog cremation is when there are more pets in the chamber, but they are separated so you still get mostly only your pet’s ashes.
Dog Cremation Cost
There are many factors that determine dog cremation costs. You will want to consider the size of your dog, the type of cremation you are choosing, the cost of a vet visit, and any additional costs (such as for an urn). In such a difficult time, you shouldn’t have to be left wondering how much it will be. However, like any service, the prices will vary on location . Here is an extensive breakdown of the dog cremation cost based on averages:
- Private cremation averages around $175 to $250.
- Individual cremation averages around $110 to $145.
- Communal cremation averages around $75 to $125.
- Transfer fees from the vet to crematorium average around $50 to $75.
- Viewing fees are roughly $20 to $30.
- Urns can range from $50 to $1,000, depending on how simple or how personalized you want the urn to be.
- Pick-up fees can cost anywhere from $30 to $45 if needed.
Which Dog Cremation Process is Right for You?
- Multiple pets together
- Usually disposed of after
- Middle priced
- Multiple, separated pets
- Get your pet’s ashes back the same or next day
- Most expensive
- Only your pet
- Get your pet’s ashes back the same or next day
Which one you pick is completely based on your preferences and financial situation. If you are set on cremation and need more information, it’d be a good idea to contact the nearest crematorium and see their pricing and offers for urns, keepsakes, and more. The prices will vary from location to location but find the one that suits you and your needs the best so this process can be as peaceful as possible for you and your pet.
Things to do With the Ashes
After you cremate your pet and you receive the ashes, you may not be sure what to do with them. They are given to you in a plain container or bag, so you probably won’t want to keep them in there. Here are a few of the best ideas on what to do with your pet’s ashes.
Get an urn
Whether you get an urn, vase, or something similar, getting an urn is one of the more common choices for people. It can be cheap or expensive depending on the one you choose. With this, you can keep it along with pictures and other items to remember your pet. It can be really peaceful to do this for coping.
Spread the ashes
Just like people, dogs have favorite places or places they would have loved. If you receive your pets’ ashes and there’s a location where it is okay to spread ashes, it can be relieving that your pet can be released in a spot they loved.
Bury them in your garden
You can do this at home or in a pet cemetery with the price of a plot of land. Burying is a tradition that we have, but it could be safer to bury ashes than just the body for many reasons. If you’d prefer this, you’ll have to decide if your backyard or the cemetery is the right choice for you.
You can actually put your pets’ ashes in a necklace or other jewelry to keep with you forever. This can be extremely comforting to have your pet so close to you and being able to keep living with them.
Research and Get Creative
There are millions of pet ashes ideas on the internet. Some of them are a little insane, like sending them to space, but some can be very comforting. One example is getting a tattoo with the ashes mixed with the ink. The possibilities are almost endless, and your journey with your pet doesn’t have to end at death.
Alternatives to Pet Cremation
Cremation could not be your first choice depending on your preferences. If money is the largest issue, the best option is probably to call the vet for someone to pick your pet up, but before it’s recommended you get the dog collar and maybe a couple of locks of hair to remember them by. If you just aren’t sure what your options are, here are some other ideas you can choose from:
The average burial, including a casket, a plot of land, and a burial service, for a dog, is priced at about $1,500 to $2,000. In some areas, you are not allowed to bury your pet in your backyard. If you are able to do that, you may be able to save some money. However, it can be mentally and physically difficult to do that. For the most part, this is up to financial and emotional preferences.
This process may seem morbid and cruel, so nobody would blame you for not considering this option. With that said though, if you’d want a statue of your pet and would feel comfort by their presence, this may be a good option for you. This process usually costs around $500 but the price ranges so much it could be $1,000 as well.
If this event is too traumatizing or overwhelming, you don’t have the funds to do one of the above options, or something else that is preventing you from the above options, you can always just call the vet who usually always has free or low-cost service so they will come to pick up your pet and respectfully dispose of their body. This isn’t a bad option for people who are going through hardships or don’t like the above options.
You can remember your pet by pictures, collars, and memories. Whatever you do with their body, you can get a variety of keepsakes for your pet to honor them after death. There are cremation or fur jewelry, glass art memorials, and picture frames to display your favorite photo and their collar—and if it’s your friend’s pet that has passed, these all make excellent gifts for dog lovers. Whatever you decide to do, there are little things you can get like these that will keep them close to you forever.
To conclude, you have so many decisions to make once your pet passes away. Once they are safely stored, you have to choose if cremation and what type of cremation will suit your needs. You will also have to figure out what you want to do with the ashes after the cremation process. If cremation isn’t the option you want, then you will have to decide what other option you prefer to dispose of your pets’ body. There are a lot of decisions to be made during this hard time, but it is important to take a step back and grieve the loss of your best friend. We all know the heartbreak of losing our pet, and it will never get easier. What we do have, though, is the memories and love that they gave us. Hopefully, this guide has helped you a lot in your task of how to respectfully put your pet to rest.
Pet Cremation FAQ
1. How much does a vet charge for a cremation?
For cremation alone, the price varies on your dog’s weight, location, and type of cremation. That said, the average cheapest price is $75, and the average most expensive price $250.
2. Do you really get your dog’s ashes back?
Yes, usually fairly quick. However, communal cremations are usually disposed of after. You can talk with the staff at the crematorium to see if it’s possible to get your pet’s ashes back, but it will be mixed with other pets.
3. Is it better to cremate or bury a pet?
This completely depends on the person. The average burial, including all necessary items, is averaged around $1,500 to $2,000, while a cremation with the most expensive fees would be around $500. The urn would be the more expensive part, ranging from $50 to $1,000.
4. Do vets cremate dogs?
Vets themselves usually do not cremate dogs. They offer transfer options from either the vet or your home that range from about $50 to $75.