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Pet Cremation

Sunday, March 12, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

petcremationOne of the most difficult things in life is to lose someone we love and this includes our pets. Most of us don’t think of our pets passing and don’t know the process and cost of having our precious pet cremated. has put together a comprehensive guideline that outlines the costs and as well as the cremation process.

Pet Cremation Cost
How Much Does Pet Cremation Cost?

Many pet owners choose cremation because it is an affordable option that allows them to keep the remains or scatter them in a chosen location. Burial at a pet cemetery is more expensive, and some local governments have laws against burying a pet on private property.
Typical costs:

Pet cremation typically costs between $55 and $100 for small animals such as birds, rabbits and ferrets — as well as puppies and kittens.
Pet cremation typically costs between $100 and $150 for cats, as well as dogs up to 50 pounds, with toy and miniature dogs falling at the lower end of the range and mid-sized dogs at the higher end.
Pet cremation typically costs between $150 and $350 for dogs between 50 and 120 pounds and up, with very large dogs falling at the high end.
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What should be included:
Pet cremation services often have someone on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
After you call, the company often will pick up the pet from the home or veterinary clinic and deliver it to the facility. A staff member then tags the pet with an identification number, and cremates the animal in a special furnace that reduces the body to sand-like particles.
The facility places the ashes either in a sealed bag or a tin or cardboard box, then either holds them for pick-up or delivers them to the owner.
Some pet cemeteries that also do cremation offer free pet bereavement support groups.
Additional costs:
Some crematories charge an added fee of about $45 to pick-up the body after hours and on weekends.
Some crematories allow the pet owner to view the cremation, sometimes for an added fee of about $25 or more.
Urns to hold the ashes typically cost $50 to $150 for a classic bronze, brass or enamel vase, depending on size, but can run as high as $1,000 for a large wax-cast urn in an elaborate shape. Experts recommend choosing urn size based on the pet’s pre-cremation body weight, with one cubic inch of space per pound.[1] offers urns, as does[2] .
An engraved nameplate for the urn can cost about $10 to $25.

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