All animals have souls. This is an indisputable truth for a lot of pet owners.
When your pet dies, your first thought may be about what you’ll do with their body. Depending on the animal, you also may need to figure out how to get rid of their bodily remains, especially when these remains are going to rot in your home if you don’t.
Keep reading to find out how a pet cremation costs you.
Cremation Cost by Type
Pet cremation costs depend on the type of cremation chosen, as well as the size of the pet. If a private cremation is chosen, which means the pet is cremated alone and the ashes are returned only to the owner, then the price is usually higher than a communal cremation.
With communal cremation, the pet is cremated with other pets, and the ashes are not returned to the owner. Generally, the cost of pet cremation can range anywhere from $75 to $350.
With private cremation, the cost can double or triple, depending on the size of the pet. It is always worth consulting a local pet crematorium or veterinarian for the exact service price.
Cremation Cost by Breed Weight
The cost of pet cremation, like cremation services for cats, varies and depends on a number of factors, including breed weight. Generally, it is cheaper to cremate smaller pets as the process requires less fuel and materials.
For example, a pet up to 10 pounds typically costs around $50 to $100 for a simple private cremation. The price range for pets between 11 to 50 pounds increases to between $150 and $200.
Larger pets, such as those between 51 and 100 pounds, usually cost around $250. In some cases, you may find discounts and Groupon deals on pet cremation that can drastically reduce costs.
It’s important to research and compare prices between different cremation services to ensure you get the best deal.
Cremation Cost by Location
The cost of pet cremation varies widely by location. Generally, the further away from major metropolitan areas that you go, the less expensive pet cremation services tend to be.
On average, cremation services can range between $100 to $1000, based on need and regional cost of living. In suburban or rural areas, pet cremation services may cost in the lower range, while metropolitan areas may have costs in the higher range.
The average cost for pet cremation usually includes the use of a crematory, storage, and transportation of the pet’s remains. Before you decide on a pet cremation service, it is important to investigate and compare prices based on your area’s services.
Additional Cremation Fees
Some pet cremation services may offer additional services for an additional fee, such as paw print molds, hair clippings, and other memorial items. In the case of individual cremations, additional fees may also be incurred when the pet’s cremated remains are divided, and multiple keepsake items are produced.
Also, some facilities may also charge additional fees for rush or after-hours services. In certain cases, the additional fees may include pet paw prints, memorial booklets, and other special services. If you have questions regarding additional fees, it is best to consult with a pet crematorium in advance or contact your local animal shelter.
Learn More About Pet Cremation
The cost of pet cremation varies greatly, depending on the level of service you choose. Ultimately, it is up to the pet owner to determine the best option for them.
Every pet deserves a dignified, peaceful end, and if you cannot afford a higher-cost cremation, research other options in your area. Contact a local crematorium to find out more.
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