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How Much Does It Cost to Cremate a Dog or Cat?

If you’re considering pet cremation services, it’s likely you’re asking, “How much does it cost to cremate a dog or cat?” The good news is that it’s not a lot of money. Most people can afford the cost.

How Much Does It Cost to Cremate a Dog?

Dog cremation services often cost more than a cat because of the size and weight. Cremation for toy breeds are most similar to cat cremation costs since they are small and don’t weigh much. The longer an animal must remain in the retort (cremation oven), the more it costs to cremate.

It costs about $150 to $300 to cremate a dog. Each pet crematorium has its own prices, so shopping around can help you find the best price.

How Much Does It Cost to Cremate a Cat?

A cat can be cremated for about $50 to $100. Since cats are not very large, it takes far less time to complete the cremation process for them. Again, each pet crematorium has its own pricing, so shop around.

How to Decrease the Cost of Cat or Dog Cremation

You can significantly decrease the cost of pet cremation by choosing communal. A communal pet cremation means your pet will be cremated with other pets. The ashes will be a mixture of those other pets.

You can also choose a separation cremation. This can be significantly more expensive than communal, but not as much as a private cremation. For this, the retort is divided into sections, and one pet is placed in each section. The ashes are separated, but there is some mixing since the partitions are not tight enough to keep all of the ashes separate.

Some pet crematoriums allow you to view the cremation, but you will have to pay extra for it. Deciding against viewing the cremation will help you save some money.

If you can deliver your pet to the crematorium, that will also save you money. Pet crematoriums charge a pickup fee, so you avoid that cost if you deliver your pet.

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What to Do With the Ashes

Your pet’s ashes can be placed in a pet urn. Pet urns are perfect for memorials. Some can be placed inside or outside, while others are only for indoor use.

Our pet urns are customizable. You can select the type of pet urn, color, and have a nameplate engraved. Our wooden urns for pets can have a figurine placed on the top. These figurines are hand-crafted for a lifelike look. They are perfect when you want a memorial that will bring back memories for a lifetime.

As you consider cremation, know that Best Friend Services is here to help. We know this is a difficult time for you, and we want to make the process much easier for you with our pet urns.

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How Does Cremation Work

Are you asking, “How does cremation work?” If so, it’s a good question. Being informed about the process will help you make a decision about this difficult topic.

Cat and Dog Cremation

When a pet dies, you will need to make an important decision. Pet cremation is one option available to you. What is pet cremation?

Pet cremation is the process of turning your beloved pet’s body into ashes. After a pet dies, the veterinarian or you can call a pet crematorium. You can also call a regular crematory, but most pet owners desire one specifically for pets since they understand what pet owners need when losing a precious dog or cat.

The pet crematory can pick up the pet at the veterinary office or at your home. Alternatively, you can bring the pet’s body to the pet crematorium.

After completing the paperwork, your pet will be placed inside of a special freezer or refrigerator depending on how long it will be before the cremation will take place.

Many crematories for pets allow people to watch the cremation. If that is something you are interested in, ask about it. There may be an additional fee for it, but it’s worth it for those last moments with your pet.

How Does Cremation Work Exactly

When it’s time for the cremation, your pet will be taken out of the fridge or freezer, and then placed in the retort. The retort is like an oven, but it’s just for pet cremation. A good pet cremation place will lay your pet inside delicately and then gently push him or her to the back before closing the door. Once the door is locked, the crematory staff will turn the heat on to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat vaporizes the body, and what’s left are just the bones and any metal particles that were in the pet’s body. A magnet is used to pick up the metal because it will not pulverize, which is the next step in the cremation process.

The bones and other matter left from the vaporizing are placed back in the retort. This is when the bones will be pulverized to a course, sand like substance – the ashes. Once this is complete, the crematory staff will remove the ashes from the retort and place them in a bag or other container to be delivered to you.

How Does Cremation Work with Private vs. Communal?

You have options when it comes to cremation. You can have a private or communal pet cremation. The private pet cremation is when the only animal inside the retort is your pet. This means all of the ashes are just of your pet. You can also have a communal, which is when your pet is placed with other pets, so the ashes are mixed. There’s a third option – separation pet cremation. This is not offered everywhere, but some pet crematoriums have retorts with sections. A pet is placed in each section and the ashes are separated. Even though the ashes are separated, they can be mixed with the other pets since the sections aren’t tight. It’s just not as mixed as the communal pet cremation.

Pet Urns for After Cremation

Now you know how cremation works. After you have it done, you will need something to put the ashes into, and pet urns are perfect. Cat and dog pet urns can be great ways to keep the memory alive of your pet. They are perfect for indoor and outdoor memorials.

Browse our selection of pet urns now for a large assortment of high quality, affordable ones you can customize.

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Factors in Pet Cremation Costs

When considering pet cremation, one of the first questions you probably have is how much it will cost. It’s difficult to give you an accurate price because there are a lot of factors that go into the cost of pet cremation. Understanding what those factors are will help you decide if this is what you want for your deceased pet.

Type of Cremation

There are two types of cremation: group and individual. Group cremation is more than one animal is cremated at a time. This means that the ashes are an accumulation of many animals. Individual cremation is just your pet. When you receive the ashes, they only belong to your pet.

Group cremation is less expensive. Since they only have to do the process once for many animals, it’s less costly for the crematory. Pet cremation costs often depend on how much the crematory has to spend on the process.

Pet Weight

Larger pets take longer to cremate, which uses up more the crematory worker’s time, effort and crematory. As mentioned above, the more costly it is to cremate your pet, the more you will pay. This is why large pets cost more than small pets.


Your location has a lot to do with pet cremation cost. Those living in rural areas will often spend less than those living in the city will. The cost of living is usually higher in metropolitan areas, and that ends up affecting crematory costs as well.

Pick Up or Delivery

Many crematory will charge more if they have to come to you to pick up your pet. If you choose to deliver your pet to them, you’ll save on their pick up costs.

After hour picks up, which includes during the night or on the weekend, will cost you. Some crematories charged as much as $45 for just pick up.

Ash Delivery Requests

Most crematories will deliver ashes in a small Ziploc bag or box. You can have them deliver the ashes in other ways, but you’ll need to pay for that.

Viewing the Cremation

Some people would like to watch the cremation process. While not all crematories allow this, many do. If they do allow you to watch it, the fee is usually $25.

The Average Cost of Pet Cremation

Pet cremation can cost as little as $55 for small animals all the way up to $350 for large animals up to 120 pounds. Size is such a big factor in cremation cost that you’ll need to ask the crematory you’re interested in using how much they charge for your size pet.

If you have pet insurance, you may be able to use it for cremation. Call your insurance company to see if you have that coverage. This can reduce your out-of-pocket costs.

Remember, group cremation is less expensive. If you bring your pet to the crematory, don’t ask for any extras, and choose group cremation, you’ll end up with the best price for pet cremation.

As you are choosing your crematory, consider browsing the pet urns we have available here. You can purchase an urn from us and take it with you to the crematory. The ashes can then be placed inside of it.

We have many beautiful pet urns that will be perfect for your pet.


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How to Decide on Pet Cremation

When your pet dies, you have a difficult decision to make – burial or cremation. Some people know right off the bat what they want to do. Others have never thought about it, and now are left with the hard feelings of dealing with their pet’s passing AND what they are going to do. Hopefully, the information that follows will help you come to an informed decision.

Consider the Options

You have three options:

  1. Bury your pet
  2. Cremate him or her
  3. Dispose of your pet

Since many people who are searching for what to do about their pet aren’t fond of the idea of throwing him or her into the trash, the only other two options are burial and cremation.

You can bury your pet in your yard or at a pet cemetery. Some people who decide to bury their pet will choose a pet cemetery if they know they won’t be in the same house for much longer. For those that do plan on staying where they are, the backyard seems like the logical choice.

Pet burial can be less expensive than pet cremation, especially if you decide to bury him or her in the yard. Pet cemeteries can be quite expensive, but it’s worth it to some people who want to be able to go visit their faithful friend anytime they are nearby.

Cremation is the alternative. With cremation, a thermal process is used to reduce an animal to its bone fragments. It takes up two hours for this process to complete. Once the bone fragments are left, the crematorium worker pulverizes the fragments, which produces fine ashes. The fine ashes look like gritty gray substance. It’s usually contained in a plastic bag or sturdy cremation jewelry

When you receive your pet’s ashes, you have another decision to make – spreading, keeping, or burying the ashes. You can spread the ashes in a place where your furry friend loved to be for his final resting place. You can place the ashes in a pet urn, and display it in your yard as part of a memorial or in your home somewhere. Some people take some of the ashes and place them in a piece of jewelry meant for pet ashes, so they can take their pet wherever they go. The final option is to bury the ashes, which can be much simpler if you have a large pet.

How to Make the Decision?

Think about what makes you most comfortable. Also think about the future and if you’re going to want to be able to bring your pet with you if you move. If you don’t believe you’ll move out of the area, but you will move out of your current home, a pet urn or pet cemetery would be best.  If you think you’ll move out of the area, a pet urn would be the best option.

Give yourself some time. The answer will come to when you’re ready. In the meantime, take care of yourself.

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