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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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Best Friend Services Commitment to Quality

In many of our product description on our site, you will see “high quality” mentioned. This may seem like we are trying to oversell you our urns, but that’s not what we are doing.

At Best Friend Services, we believe it’s important to provide the best quality products possible. We know when we purchase products, we want them to work well and last a long time. If not, we feel as though we’ve lost our money, and that does not make us happy.

We want to make you happy.

It’s not only about making you happy with the process of purchasing an urn. We know our site details each of the urns, so you know what we have available to make a decision. We know our checkout process is simple. We also know our delivery is quick.

While these aspects of a purchase are important, what we also really care about is your experience after the purchase process is over. When you have the urn in your home, you’ve placed the ashes inside of it, and use it to remember your beloved pet.

We want to make sure our urns hold your pet’s ashes securely. This is why we always ensure the urns we choose to sell have a tamper-resistant closure. Most of the urn, such as the wooden pet urns, have a closure on the bottom of it. There are four screws that holds it in place. The only way to get the closure off is to unscrew the four screws. When you replace the screws, the closure is in place tightly and there’s no chance the ashes will fall out of it. Even if there is an accident in which the urn drops, the ashes should be safe.

Speaking of accidents, another consideration when choosing the urns we carry is that they are durable. A small drop should not completely ruin the urn unless it’s a ceramic one that hits concrete. We want our urns to last a lifetime, so we make sure the manufacturers only use the best, hardiest materials. For example, all of our wooden urns are made of solid hardwood.

Attractiveness is a priority as well. Our pet figurine urns have a figurine of a dog, and they are handcrafted. We want them made this way because it shows the details of each breed. It’s also much better in quality than reproductions made with machines. When you see the figurines, you will know that they are ones that were made with care.

Thank you for reading about our commitment to quality. It’s important to us, just as it is important to you.


Best Friend Services Wants to Make the Grieving Process Easier

Your beloved pet has died. You know life will go on, but you’re really sad inside. You want to do something different for your pet. You want to make this moment special to honor the great pet your dog or cat was.

How Best Friend Services Helps

This is the reason we started Best Friend Services. We wanted to help people just like you create memorials that will last a lifetime.

Losing a pet is significant. A part of your life has ended. To be able to successfully move on from this moment, you need closure, and that closure comes from finding a final resting place for your pet.

With our pet urns, we believe we make the process of choosing a final resting place easier. With a wide selection of urns that are customizable, you will be able to make one for your pet that reflects your personal style.

That’s why we have so many different types of pet urns available. We knew when we were setting up our store that not everyone is going to want a wooden urn or a ceramic one. We knew people wanted more choices because the process of finding an urn is just as special. This way people can browse our selection and find one that will remind them of their beloved pet.

There’s another reason we decided to start this online store. We know people like to take their time. When they shop online, they can do that. They can take hours if they would like or just a couple of minutes. With an online store accessible any time, people can take their time and shop whenever they feel like doing it.

Opening Best Friend Services was the best thing we did because we help people in need. Losing a pet doesn’t happen too often, but it happens to millions of people. We are here to help all of them when they need it.

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Why You Should Know All of Our Products Are Shipped In-House

When you purchase products online, you may not think much about how it is handled before it is sent to you. For example, you probably assume the person you bought the product from packages it with care and sends it off to you. While this is the case many times, it’s not always. Sometimes, the person you buy products from never even touches them.

Many online sellers are using drop-shippers and wholesalers to make money. All they do is advertise the products, and when you buy, the drop-shippers and wholesalers send the products to you. It’s the middleman. While you may not really care who sends you the products as long as they arrive in good condition, it can make a huge difference in your customer satisfaction.

When e-tailers do not handle their own inventory, there is a greater chance your products will not be sent on time or packaged properly. If you think about it, the people shipping your purchases don’t truly care about you. They are simply fulfilling an order they receive, and if you’re not happy, they don’t usually hear about it. It’s the seller you purchased from that will. Of course, that seller doesn’t really have anything to do with the shipping of the product. That’s where the problem lies.

How Best Friend Services Is Different

We do not use drop-shippers or wholesalers to ship our products. There is no middleman involved. When you purchase from us, you purchase from the people who are shipping your products. We care about you and the products you receive. This is how we can control how and when you receive your purchases.

If you ever have a problem, you don’t have to deal with someone who didn’t have anything to do with the shipping process. What you’ll get is us who most likely remember packaging your products and can help you identify what went wrong, so it can be taken care of quickly and easily.

We sell our pet urns this way because we believe it’s not only the best way to provide customer service, but because it also helps us keep prices low. Since there is no middleman, we don’t have to pay anyone to ship the products. When we don’t have to pay, you don’t have to either.

We hope we’ve given you some information you can use not only when you purchase pet urns from us, but for other purchases you make online. We believe it’s important and now you understand why.

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