Pet Cremation Cost

How much does pet cremation cost?

Our much loved dogs, cats and other animals all pass away at the end of their lives, and after many years of joy and friendship it is just right that most of us choose to have our beloved pets cremated. The cost of pet cremation will vary according to local prices, and these variations are worth bearing in mind when considering the routine.

General Cost

• Differences in pet cremation will come about thanks to the size of the animal and the location of the cremation service.
• A typical price for cremation for a small animal – a rabbit, birds and other small rodents – may cost anywhere between $50 and $150.
• For cats the figure will be in excess of $100 and possibly $200, and this figure will also cover the cremation of smaller dog breeds too.
• For standard sized dogs you can expect to pay around $200 to $250 and for very large dogs the figure can be as much as $500 or more.
• Bear in mind that local variations in cost can be considerable and that you will pay more for inner-city services.

Extra Cost

• Expect to pay the cremation service for picking up the body, and this can be anywhere between $30 and $70 depending on the time of day and whether or not it is a weekend.
• You will need to pay if you wish to view the cremation – usually a flat fee of around $20.
• If you want to keep your pet’s ashes in an urn a basic one will cost around $15 – add $10 for a nameplate, and some very elaborate models can be as much as $1000.
• Check with local authorities for rules about scattering ashes.

Tips

• There are options to cremation including burial, but the cost of a pet cemetery may exceed that of cremation.
• You can bury smaller rodents in your garden, but beware of doing so with bigger animals.

Shopping

• Always shop around for the best deal – this is a competitive market and the packages offered by various cremation services differ.
• Check at your local pet store and vet for recommended services
• See www.aplb.org/services/aftercare.html website for expert advice and information on rates and costs and nearby facilities
• Make sure you view the premises and understand whether your pet will be getting an individual or group cremation.

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