Losing a Pet

MemorialWhen you lose a beloved pet, it’s important to have a plan in place for handling the remains. It’s the last thing you want to think about while dealing with your grief.

Pet Cremation reduces the remains to ashes and tiny bone fragments. Most veterinary offices have a relationship with one or more pet crematories and can help you make these arrangements. You may elect a private/individual cremation and have your pet’s ashes returned to you. Make sure to select a reputable company to ensure that you’re receiving you pet’s and only your pet’s ashes. The basic cost of private pet cremation averages for $150 to $300 depending on the size of your pet.

Pet crematories will typically return the cremains to you in a plastic bag that’s inside a box or tin. No doubt they will offer a selection of urns and ornamental boxes at an additional cost. You may also select a memorial box elsewhere.

If you don’t wish to receive your pet’s ashes back, you can select a community cremation.. This means your pet will be cremated along with other animals. The cost for this is based on weight and ranges from $50 to $150.

Pet Burial is an option if you would prefer a grave site you can visit. Home burial on your own property can be done if local laws allow it. Be sure to remove the body from non-biodegradable materials. The grave should be at least 3 feet deep and in a location not likely to be dug up or erode. You can mark the site with a special headstone or plant a tree or bush in that spot.

Many companies offer pet burial in a pet cemetery. Pet burial services offer a selection of headstones and other decorative touches for your pet’s grave. Prices vary from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand.

There are a number of companies that offer special ways to memorialize your pet. These memorials include decorative stones, paperweights, ornaments and jewelry using a lock of fur or a small amount of the cremains.


  1. Thanks for this. I lost my dog, Sadie, at the beginning of last year. I buried her in the backyard between her favorite shade trees. I was surprised that there weren’t very many options available for burial. I would’ve loved a biodegradable urn option for her. Best wishes to anyone still grieving for a lost pet.

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