One of the most difficult facts of nature that’s hard to face is that our pets, especially our canine companions, never live as long as we do. When it’s your pet’s time to go and you have to face their afterlife options, looking into dog cremation costs can be difficult, and there are certain factors to consider before you cremate your beloved companion.
Prices are based on size.
Because of what is required, dog cremation costs typically vary based upon the size of your canine companion. The disparity is fairly large and can vary from $50 for a small dog up to $400 for a giant breed. This is due to the amount of work involved with cremating a larger sized dog versus smaller.
Most pet funeral homes offer pick up.
For an extra charge, many pet funeral homes or crematories will come to your home or vet’s office, pick up your beloved pet and combine that charge with the dog cremation costs. Be sure that you ask if there is a charge and how much it is if they have one, before they transport your dog.
There are options for individual or communal cremation.
Depending on your attachment to your dog’s actual cremains, one thing you can do to reduce cremation costs is to opt for communal cremation. This is where several dogs are cremated together and the owners get a mixture of the ashes in their container. Selecting this option can typically save you up to 50% off your cremation costs. While this option does not suit everyone, it exists so that people can save a little bit of money on their dog’s cremation costs.
You can typically request to watch the cremation.
Again, for a fee, most pet funeral homes or crematories will allow you to watch your pet’s cremation if you are uneasy about it being performed to your standards. This dog cremation cost is usually not too high and runs in the $25 to $50 range to be able to watch your dog’s cremation.
Browse cremation urns online.
When your pet is cremated, you will be given the ashes in a bag or cardboard box. Your pet funeral home or crematory will have several dog cremation urns suitable for containing their ashes, but if you take your search online, you will likely find many more options for much less money, allowing you to keep your dog cremation costs low.
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