Pet Cremation Pet CremationPet Cremation is an aftercare option where the body is incinerated in a crematory furnace. The result is ash and small fragments of bones. Cremation for pets is typically arranged through your vet’s office, as they often have professional connections to pet crematories and experience in making the arrangements for such an event.

Many pet owners opt for private cremation. With private cremation, the ashes from your pet are returned to you. You have the option to be present for the cremation. It’s important to chose a reputable crematorium for a private cremation, as sometimes lower end/disreputable crematoriums will incinerate more than one pet together, or not return your pets ashes but instead will mix it up with another pet’s. If you’re present for the cremation, you have the ability to secure your peace of mind by being able to view the process to ensure it’s your pet and your pet alone being cremated.

After the cremation is complete, the ashes are sent to the owner (or collected by the owner) in a plastic bag. There are numerous companies out there that specialize in providing decorative urns, tins, or boxes for pet remains – or they can be purchased usually from the crematorium. Keep in mind, these are an extra cost. Private cremation costs range from about $100 to $300 and costs are calculated by the size/weight of the pet at the time of its passing.

If you’d prefer to not receive your pet’s ashes, you can opt for community cremation. In community cremation, your pet along with other pets and animals are cremated at the same time. This option is cheaper, at about $50 to $150 depending on the weight of the pet at the time of its passing, and it is not possible to receive your pets ashes back once the decision has been made.

Cremation is an increasingly popular option in the aftercare of the remains of pets and humans alike. With cremation, you have the option to keep your pet always with you and keep their memory alive. Ashes also have numerous options for memorializing. Glass vases, diamonds, and jeweler can all be created as keepsakes and are made from just a small amount of ashes from your pet’s cremation.

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