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How Much Does Pet Cremation Cost?

 
low costSmall Animals: $55-$100average costCats and Small Dogs: $100-$150high costLarge Dogs: $150-$350
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Many pet owners choose cremation because it is an affordable option that allows them to keep the remains or scatter them in a chosen location. Burial at a pet cemetery is more expensive, and some local governments have laws against burying a pet on private property.

Typical costs:

  • Pet cremation typically costs between $55 and $100 for small animals such as birds, rabbits and ferrets -- as well as puppies and kittens.
  • Pet cremation typically costs between $100 and $150 for cats, as well as dogs up to 50 pounds, with toy and miniature dogs falling at the lower end of the range and mid-sized dogs at the higher end.
  • Pet cremation typically costs between $150 and $350 for dogs between 50 and 120 pounds and up, with very large dogs falling at the high end.
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What should be included:
  • Pet cremation services often have someone on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • After you call, the company often will pick up the pet from the home or veterinary clinic and deliver it to the facility. A staff member then tags the pet with an identification number, and cremates the animal in a special furnace that reduces the body to sand-like particles.
  • The facility places the ashes either in a sealed bag or a tin or cardboard box, then either holds them for pick-up or delivers them to the owner.
  • Some pet cemeteries that also do cremation offer free pet bereavement support groups.
Additional costs:
  • Some crematories charge an added fee of about $45 to pick-up the body after hours and on weekends.
  • Some crematories allow the pet owner to view the cremation, sometimes for an added fee of about $25 or more.
  • Urns to hold the ashes typically cost $50 to $150 for a classic bronze, brass or enamel vase, depending on size, but can run as high as $1,000 for a large wax-cast urn in an elaborate shape. Experts recommend choosing urn size based on the pet's pre-cremation body weight, with one cubic inch of space per pound. AngelAshes.com[1] offers urns, as does PerfectMemorials.com[2] .
  • An engraved nameplate for the urn can cost about $10 to $25.
Discounts:
  • Some crematories offer discounts of more than 50 percent for pet owners who choose a communal cremation where the pet is cremated with other animals and the ashes sometimes are scattered on the facility grounds by staff.
Shopping for pet cremation:
  • To find a pet cremation facility, ask your veterinarian or your local animal shelter, both of which might have relationships with reputable facilities. Or, The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement[3] has a list of pet crematories and cemeteries by state.
  • Tip: When you find a cremation facility, ask whether they do mass or individual cremations. Some facilities that do mass cremations divvy up the ashes, so each owner gets a mixture of ashes from all of the animals. And, if the facility does mass cremations and does not return the ashes, ask how they dispose of them, since some facilities send remains to landfills.
  • Tip: Ask whether you can take a tour of the facility, and whether the facility will guarantee its service policies in writing.
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Individual private pet cremation
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: Lara-NYC in NYC, NY.Posted: December 10th, 2014 12:12PM
Type of Pet: DogBreed: Terrier
The general cremation prices listed for various sizes of pets seem low on this site. In NYC area, a well known pet cemetery charges $450 for cremating a 10 pound dog, and mailing cremains back.Other companies may quote lower price, but service was poor, and it took a long time to get cremains back. I finally found a pet funeral & cremation service in NYC that charged a reasonable rate for good service, and returned cremains in short time. Read reviews on the web,and check out companies before you use them.
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cremation types
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Jesse Shaner in Boyertown, PA.Posted: January 2nd, 2014 01:01PM
Type of Pet: Dog/catBreed: ?
What type of cremation are you getting? Be sure.
1. Private - only your pet is cremated in the crematory. Ashes returned
2. Semi-Private - other pets besides yours may be in the crematory with your pet but separated (by: fire brick, steel, in container or distance). Ashes returned.
3 Mass cremation - all pets together at same time in crematorium. can not return just your pets remains.
Prices vary depending on which type of cremation. Be sure you are getting what type you want!
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pet creamation
Amount: $195.00
Posted by: seeress2012 in Orlando, FL.Posted: November 15th, 2013 11:11AM
Type of Pet: catBreed: himlyian
wish the place had a better selection of urns cost without urn 110.00
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bellevue animal hosp. neb.
Amount: $160.00
Posted by: susan Ochoa/Dililah* mommie in omaha, NE.Posted: May 22nd, 2013 12:05PM
Type of Pet: chaiawoaBreed: ms Dililah
Im so lost & heart brokin,i miss my bby so much. The vets play on our emotions. Realy? U charge all us the same price? To put them in one big oven. Heartless! not e1 rich,bt it is our love one.
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Sunset Pet Crematory
Amount: $105.00
Posted by: Maggie and Nadia in Fayetteville, AR.Posted: March 4th, 2013 01:03AM
Type of Pet: CatBreed:
I had two cats cremated a month, to the day apart. Maggie, was totally expected, and Nadia totally unexpected in her death. I haven't received Nadia's remains yet, since it was only March 2nd, when she was euthanized. Maggie was returned to me, in a small pine box, with her name and year of birth and death on it. I expect the same for Nadia.
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Dog/family member
Amount: $102.00
Posted by: LisaGaQT! in Virginia Beach, VA.Posted: December 28th, 2012 09:12PM
Type of Pet: DogBreed: Toy Pomeranian
This company was beautiful, they came to me and picked up my bloody lil Pom that my neighbor's dog had attacked and killed. They brought her back to me. She was in a Baggie and then placed in a velvet draw stringed bag with a prayer embroidered on it and then placed in a paw printed lil square metal container plus a beautiful death certificate. I felt so much better. They had so much empathy an love. Very unique quality crematory for our beloved pets/family members! She was 4 years old 2004-2008
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Pets Lost
Amount: $20.00
Posted by: wildatheart in Tyler, TX.Posted: December 27th, 2012 07:12AM
Type of Pet: hamsters to dogsBreed: all
We have rescued many animals over the years. We cremate because we want to keep them always.
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Kitten cremation
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Kirstie Jo LaDuke in Burton, MI.Posted: November 13th, 2012 08:11PM
Type of Pet: KittyBreed:
My little kitten got really sick and i stayed up all night with him trying to feed him kitten formula his body temp kept droping i just kept holding him trying to keep him warm R.I.P Chase i love u
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Dog Cremation
Amount: $240.00
Posted by: illeen in Montgomery, AL.Posted: November 3rd, 2012 09:11AM
Type of Pet: dogBreed: hound mixed
My dog was hit by car on Sunday, Oct 21st. Vet office called the Dixie Cremation Services next day here in Montgomery. The Dixie Cremation Services said they would come to get my dog, but he will not be cremated until Friday/Saturday. I asked vet why? They had no answer. Well it has been past Friday/Saturday and no calls from Dixie Cremation Services. I called my vet office on Monday, one week after my dog's death. Vet office said they havent heard from Dixie Services. I got upset all the week. Finally, Dixie dropped off my dog's ashes on Thursday, November 1st. That is 12 days later since my dog's death. Ashes was in cheap plastic bag, no urn, nothing ! That is insult to my dog's dignity. I am so bittered and angry. I am NOT sure if my dog ashes was all himself or he was cooked with other dogs. They first said dog will not be cremated until Fri/Saturday and still no word from them after that, so it came to my conclusion that they waited for more dogs to creamted at same time for their own profits. I am digusted with Dixie Cremation Services. I spoke with other pet cremation service in Birmingham, AL named Pets at Peace AL, and they said they would cremate on that day or next day and ashes come with hairlock, paw printed, and a wooden urn, what's more that they would charge only $200-225!! I have regrets not looking up website to find them because it happened so fast and my vet office recomended Dixie that cost me $240, almost two weeks, no urn and cheap plastic bag! I will use Pets at Peace AL in Birmingham for my other dogs in future. Oh by the way, Pets at Peace AL in Birmingham offered to send me a wooden urn as a gift for my hurting caused by Dixie Creamtion Servces.
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cat cremation
Amount: $275.00
Posted by: shawn o ragsdale in waterford, MI.Posted: April 22nd, 2012 01:04PM
Type of Pet: catBreed: mixed
It was time to put our beloved Fu to sleep at 21 years of age, she had cancer as it turned out and could not be saved. This tiny little tortoise shelled cat could not have have been more than 3.5lbs when we put her to slept.We decided to have her cremated ,and did ,but we were shocked when the bill was 275.00 ,are we wrong? Or is the vet out of line? Grieving over my pet, but confused by the price of cremation ?
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Private pet cremation
Amount: $285.00
Posted by: Zoey's_Mama in Orlando, FL.Posted: February 3rd, 2012 04:02PM
Type of Pet: Feline fur-babyBreed: Domestic shorthair
Zoey (our precious fur-baby)passed on 2/2 @ almost 9yrs old. Isabella (her litter-mate sister)keeps looking for her. Our hearts are just broken...
Born: 4/29/03 Orlando, Fl
Died: 2/2/12 Pennsylvania
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Pet cremation
Amount: $170.00
Posted by: Ike in Jackson, MI.Posted: January 31st, 2012 05:01PM
Type of Pet: DogBreed: mutt
Luck was 20 at his passing he was part springer spaqnial part coker spanial and part begal
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Pet Cremation
Amount: $325.00
Posted by: Heartfelt Helped in Mill Creek, WA.Posted: November 13th, 2011 07:11AM
Type of Pet: DogBreed: Black Lab
Heartfelt Memories came to my home to pick my beloved Smokey. They were there in a half hour and were very kind. They gave me a paw print in clay and a beautiful redwood urn. I was able to use the stories and comments section of their website to tell everyone about about my Smokey. I will use Heartfelt Memories again and suggest them to all my friend and relatives.
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Gateway
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: a user in San Bernardino, CA.Posted: September 13th, 2011 08:09PM
Type of Pet: Dog smallBreed:
My baby Minnie brought joy to my life everyday for 15 years. She had difficulties first with walking, then hearing and breathing. When the seizures started happening I made the difficult choice to euthanize. I had it done at the humane society, Gateway picked up my dog from there, took her for cremation and later called me to pick her up. Her remains placed in a beautiful wooden box engraved on top her name and her paw print, that brought need to tears when I saw it. I recommend Gateway to everyone
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Cremation of a Mini-Dashhound/LadyRed Harms-Riggs
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: LadyRedHarms-Riggs in Denver, CO.Posted: April 22nd, 2011 03:04PM
Type of Pet: Small-Toy-DogBreed: Mini-Dashound
I already have everyting I just need the Cremation of a mini-dashhound so, I can bury her with her Dad so, I just need her ashes in a baggie I already have the ern at home with her Dad in it already!
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Pet Cremation in NYC
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: a user in New York, NY.Posted: January 12th, 2011 03:01PM
Type of Pet: dogBreed: poodle
We recently lost Molly, our beloved toy poodle to a bout of cancer. She was 11 yrs old. We used a company by the name of Dignity For Pets. They came to our apartment to pick her up and personally returned her to us within 5 days. We couldn't believe we only had to pay $125 as we were quoted over $300 by two other cremation services here in New York, and those services did not offer to come to us for pickup & delivery. Thank you Dignity For Pets for helping us during this very difficult time. We love you & miss you Molly
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black cyrstal ashes with clear glass
Amount: $185.00
Posted by: a user in Corning, NY.Posted: January 11th, 2011 11:01AM
Type of Pet: dogBreed: miniture schnauzer
I had to put my 8 yr old Smokey down on 12/18/10
I paid for a private cremation. After 3 1/2 weeks I went to pick up Smokey's remains and I was handed a hugh qallon size plastic bag with his ashes. I was very upset when I looked at the ashes and they were cyristal black and clear glass looking pieces. I did not take them as I said they could not be Smokey's ashes. He was only 19 lbs . I though ashes were gray or white ground small. There were black and not ground small. I am waiting on an anwser from the Animal Hospital in Corning to explain what happened. I let them know that I was truyly hurt by the way they handed the ashes to me. Very cruel
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Heartbroken, Staatsburg, NY
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: Samantha, Upstate, New York in Lindenhurst, NY.Posted: December 7th, 2010 09:12AM
Type of Pet: HorseBreed: Quarter Horse
I lost my horse, Poco, of 27 of his 28 years of life. When it was time for him to goto Rainbow Bridge, the vets at Rhinebeck Equine in upstate, NY were wonderful. They made all the phone calls to have my friend picked up and transported almost 150 miles to be cremated. He was taken to Long Island, NY to PET CREMATORY AGENCY. The treated the remains of my horse with love and respect as well as when his remains were picked up, they were just wonderful. For a horse weighing over 1,200 pounds and he was ready for me to pick up the next day, I was more than satisifed with the service and the price. Round trip driving including pick up and overnight cremation...$1,200...not bad at all.
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Hard saying GoodBye
Amount: $275.00
Posted by: Laddie's Mommy in Perris, CA.Posted: October 16th, 2010 01:10AM
Type of Pet: DogBreed: Lab/mix
Laddie was My life for almost 16 yrs, someone dumped him off and he ended up at my husbands wk.
I would have done anything to save him,My Vet came to the house gave him a shot to relax him then the second shot, My Brother said Laddie looked at him and said thank you, He only had one lung, was hard for him to get up& down,My vet took his body and called us with in a week.
When I pick My Boy up they gave me a ck for 25.00 said I was over charged, I will live with guilt for the rest of my life, weather its for ending his life or waiting as long as I did,
His ashes will be put with mine when I pass on.
We recieved a poem with his name on it & cert and he was in a nice pine box with a lock on it.
I Miss His So Much,I'm Lost With out Him
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Overpriced in New York
Amount: $410.00
Posted by: Disappointed in New York, NY.Posted: September 19th, 2010 02:09PM
Type of Pet: PoodleBreed: Standard
I was quite appalled and angry when I discovered that the $410.00 I was charged by the NYC Veterinary Specialists at 410 West 55th Street was much more than every other place I've heard about in New York. Typically prices seem to run in the $150-$200 area. I really felt ripped off when I found out that other places were about 50% less. Yes, the ashes came in a wooden box instead of a cardboard box that happened with a previous pet, but that box was not of the $150 variety and there was no inscription or plaque.
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rainbow bridge loveland colorado
Amount: $90.00
Posted by: allie in Loveland, CO.Posted: August 25th, 2010 07:08AM
Type of Pet: dogBreed: pug
Our little Buggee came to us w/many health issues, yet despite the max time that she would live (2 yrs) she was a trooper and lived to 11 1/2. Her issues were finally too much for her little body and while we did not recognize the "signs" early (selfishness did not allow us to let her go to her rest) - - we finally made the choice. The vet told us that it would take 3 weeks to get her back ... I could not leave her there, but I had to, right. By Sunday we did an internet search and found Rainbow Bridge an hour from us. We picked up our little Buggee first thing on Monday morning and drove her up to Loveland, Kelly and Lori also had a visitation room, we spend time with her, cut some of her fur, Lori made us a clay pawprint. It was soooo difficult but this process helped in the healing. We brought her home THE SAME DAY. and while her scent has left her pillow, she sits on our mantle with her dish, collar, her favorite sweater in a nice glass case. This is the first time we have ever had to make this decision ... it felt like my heart was ripped out. We have 3 more pugs at home and don't think I am not watching EVERY thing they do or don't do ... Tyson, the oldest, just had a bout with Vertibular Syndrome ... I couldn't handle it - we were rushing to the ER with him! Thank you Rainbow Bridge, Kelly and Lori!
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Private Cremation @ Cooper City Animal Hospital
Amount: $295.00
Posted by: JoAnn Carlisi in Cooper City, FL.Posted: August 23rd, 2010 08:08AM
Type of Pet: DogBreed: Alaskan Malamute
We had to euthanize our beloved 6 1/2 year old Sheba a week ago. She started bleeding from her right nostril and after xrays, they determined the mass was cancer. Since they could not stop the bleeding, we made the heart wreching decision to let her go. We asked for a private creation & after getting back her remains, I was horrified to get back a see through bag (no urn, no box, just a cheap plastic bag). I will get a nice urn for her, but had I known there were going to throw her into a plastic bag, I would have purchased something and brought it w/me. I would never use them again. I feel like they treated her like trash and showed no respect for her remains whatsoever.
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I would recommend Breezy Nook
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Heartbroken Heidi in MA in Stephentown, NY.Posted: July 29th, 2010 11:07AM
Type of Pet: CatBreed: International Short Hair - from Israel
I had to euthanize my cat Noreen in June. My vet recommended Breezy Nook Pet Crematory in Stephentown New York. My father had his cat cremated there and was very pleased. I can't say enough good things about Georgi and her facility. She treated me like family and gave Noreen the respect she deserved. I drove Noreen to the crematory and was able to send her off with a few mementos. Despite the sad occasion, I was able to say goodbye and be with her to the last minute. I was able to buy a silver pendant at the crematory and Georgi put some of Noreen's ashes in it. Georgi was there for me when I really needed it.
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Private Cremation? I don't think so.
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: Mimi's Mommy in Toledo, OH.Posted: May 12th, 2010 12:05PM
Type of Pet: CatBreed: Tortie
Having our beloved Mimi euthanized was so very sad, but it was clear she was suffering. Our vet's office arranged for private cremation through Paws and Remember Pet Crematory. Though we had had pets cremated previously, we had not heard of this company. When I picked up the ashes I was very disappointed to find out that she was cremated 4 days after she died. Where was she during that time? When I opened the box of ashes I was shocked to find more than a pound of remains. She had wasted away to about 5 pounds at the time of death. Surely there wouldn't be that much left. I think she ended up in a mass cremation with the ashes divided none too carefully. The heartbreak of losing her is made worse by not knowing where her remains really ended up or whose ashes I have along with (hopefully) some of hers.
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