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Pet Euthanasia Cost

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.[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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Euthanasia of toy poodle by family vet of 25 yrs
Amount: $5.00
Posted by: Momo's Mom in Bicknell, IN.Posted: January 15th, 2015 06:01AM
Where performed: Vets officeAftercare: None
I took her home ,bathed her, wrapped her in a baby shawl, buried her in the back yard and put one red rose on her grave. I couldn't speak her name for 6 months without crying. Now,20 yrs later, I still get a lump in my throat. Never let anyone tell you ''Oh, it's just a dog''
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In vehicle euthanasia, private cremation, clay paw print
Amount: $202.00
Posted by: a user in Chanute, KS.Posted: December 16th, 2014 04:12PM
Where performed: Chanute, KSAftercare: We picked up ashes
My nearly 15 year old lab was 70 pounds. We just moved to this town so we did not have a vet yet. The vet agreed to euthanize our sweet dog in the back of our Jeep, as she laid on her favorite bed, as we did not want her to be distressed by going into a place she had never been before. The vet charged us $55 for the sedation and euthanasia. We drive her
body to another town for private cremation. That place charged us $147, which included a clay paw print and private cremation. We then went the next day to pick up her ashes. Hardest thing I have ever done, hand down. Also, I agree, it happens so fast. We thought she would gradulally drift off and we would have more time for our goodbyes, but it was all so
very fast. Driving her body to the crematorium was actually very comforting, as we had time to let it all sink in and then kiss her sweet face several more times before they took her body. Leaving her there was very difficult. Getting her ashes the next day was comforting.
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Home visit, euthanasia & communal cremation
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Mary K Swift in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: December 13th, 2014 03:12PM
Where performed: Las VegasAftercare: $185 Vet/$115 Pickup&Cremation(no ashes)
Our experience was very similar to Sharlene's in Anaheim. Our lab (70 lbs.) was almost 15. He was given a sedative (shot) first. We had the convertible couch bed open in the living room. We put him up on the bed, and we all petted and soothed him. The euthanasia is very quick. It was painless and he was surrounded by his family who loved him dearly. Vet and her very capable assistant were excellent. Gentleman who did the pickup was also excellent, very gentle and sympathetic.
He had a happy day, a car ride, a steak. I am so glad we had it done at home. Not that much more expensive and worth every penny.
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Exam, euthanaisa, cremation
Amount: $380.00
Posted by: Yellehsmarie in Northern Ontario, Other.Posted: December 13th, 2014 06:12AM
Where performed: Sudbury Ontario CanadaAftercare: None
Have an older dog (jack russle) that need to put down. Been calling around ti all the local vet, cheapest proces in our area include exam $100, euthanasia $105 and group cremation with no ashes $175
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Amount: $160.00
Posted by: Crisy in SAN MARCOS, CA.Posted: August 29th, 2014 12:08AM
Where performed: SAN MARCOS, CAAftercare: 28.00
Exam $48, Euthanasia of our Cat Grasshopper $84, Aftercare group cremation $28, total of $160. Location Southern California / San Diego County on 8/28/2014. Tried to take her to our Vet of 15 years and they could not see her for a week. Could not watch her suffer that long and that's if she made it that long. Had to go to a strange Vet, that sucked.
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Costs of Pet Euthanasia
Amount: $158.00
Posted by: in spokane, WA.Posted: July 29th, 2014 01:07PM
Where performed: HomeAftercare:
At home visit with sedative and then the euthanasia. I buried my cat in the backyard. Prices seem to really vary depending on where you live.
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In-Office Euthanasia and Individual Cremation
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: a user in Harrisonburg, VA.Posted: July 12th, 2014 12:07AM
Where performed: Aftercare: Ashes returned in inexpensive container
It looks like I paid a low fee for these services. I opted to have my cat's ashes returned to me but did not purchase an urn, as I plan to spread the ashes.
My vet shaved the cat's rear leg but could not find a vein, so the time delay was a bit distressing, but he went to the other leg and was finally able to make the injection. Because of my cat's illness, her blood pressure was low and her veins were fragile. This wait was much better, however, than having to take her back home and watch her suffer for who knows how long.
My vet did the procedure with one injection. I stayed with my cat so she would feel loved to the very end. She took about three slightly panicked breaths, more likely from not knowing what was happening than from being in any pain. If you've ever had morphine, you know that it burns at first, followed by massive relief. She was gone in less than 10 seconds. I was given a few minutes alone with her afterward. Difficult but worth it.
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Pet Euthanasia
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: Sharlee Glenn in Anaheim, CA.Posted: May 15th, 2014 12:05PM
Where performed: Anaheim Animal Care & Pet HospitalAftercare: None
My dog was a 19 yr. old Lab/Chow and weighed @69lbs. They took care of the body once he was gone. They were very professional and sympathetic when it came time to do the deed. I decided to stay with my boy, which I didn't think I would be able to do. When they put him to sleep, before the plunger was all the way down, he was already gone. It happens so quick it isn't funny. I thought he was going to fade away and we could sit and pet him while he went. So it was quite a shock that he went so quick. I had never done this before either. All I can say is, if you are having trouble deciding if you can be there or not, I recommend that you stay through the whole thing. Yeah it's going to hurt, but once they are gone and out of all the misery they were in, it ends up being a relief. The way I see it is - he was always there for me, so I should be there for him. I wouldn't want to die alone or with a bunch of strangers, then neither would your pet. Don't worry, it's okay to cry.
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