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How Much Does Pet Euthanasia Cost?

 
low costPerformed at a Veterinarian's Office: $50-$100average costAt-Home Euthanasia: $295-$400high costAftercare, Including Cremation: $400-$800
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Pet euthanasia is a planned death, usually by painless injection. Owners may choose euthanasia for pets that have reached the end of a comfortable, happy life, have physical problems for which the treatment is too expensive, or are vicious or otherwise unmanageable.

Typical costs:

  • Euthanasia performed in a veterinary office costs between $50 and $100.
  • At-home euthanasia, when the veterinarian comes to the home to perform the euthanasia, costs between $295 and $400.
  • Euthanasia that includes aftercare, or transporting the pet's remains to a facility for cremation and with the ashes either scattered or returned in an urn, costs between $400 and $800.
  • Price depends on the size of the pet, what is included and the availability of the service in the region.
Related articles: Pet Cremation, Pet Insurance

What should be included:
  • The veterinarian may first administer a tranquilizer to relax the pet before injecting a death-inducing drug. The dog or cat will then become unconscious as the drug stops its brain function.
  • Euthanasia is a medical procedure and has traditionally been performed at a veterinarian's office. The owner may choose to be present to be present during the procedure.
  • At-home euthanasia is an increasingly popular option. It is considered a more comfortable passing for the pet because the pet's last moments are spent in a familiar place. The procedure may precede or follow a celebration of life ceremony.
  • There are a few considerations before going through with euthanasia[1] , such as whether to be present and whether to sedate the pet.
Additional costs:
  • The pet's remains may be buried in the backyard for free or at a pet cemetery for between $500 and $730. Cats and small dogs cost less and burial for large dogs typically costs more. Caskets range from $90 to $145.
  • The pet's remains may be cremated, either by itself of as part of a group . Group cremation, in which the pet's remains are cremated with several other pets costs about $125. Individual cremation costs about $285. For more information, see How Much Does Pet Cremation Cost.
  • Once cremated, a pet's ashes can be scattered or placed in an urn or decorative vase. BestFriendServices.com[2] , for example, makes urns that cost between $25 and $200 and come in wood, ceramic and metal varieties.
  • Quirkier options for the pet's remains include a ceremonial balloon ash disposal, offered by Eternal Ascent[3] for $250. The ashes are put in a balloon that is then filled with helium; the family would let the balloon into the sky wherever they want the ashes to be scattered.
Shopping for pet euthanasia:
  • Consider the grief involved in putting an animal to sleep, especially for a child. Have a solid reasoning behind why the pet must be put down, and be ready to explain the reasoning to children who are close to the pet.
  • Home burials may be prohibited by the local government, so check city codes before doing so.
  • InHomePetEuthanasia is a directory of in-home pet euthanasia providers[4] .
  • The American Veterinary Medicine Association has a vet finder[5] tool.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.pet360.com
  2.  www.bestfriendservices.com/
  3.  www.eternalascent.com/services.html
  4.  www.inhomepeteuthanasia.com
  5.  www.avma.org/advocacy/stateandlocal/statevma/pages/default.aspx
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