Pet Cremation Questions
The following questions are frequently asked about pet cremation. If you have a question that is not answered here, please use the form on the right to submit a new question. We will respond to your email with an answer promptly. You can find a pet cremation service in your area that may be able to assist you with your question.
My pet passed away at the veterinarian’s office. Can I select where my pet is cremated?
Yes. You can choose any pet cremation provider you want. Your veterinarian may recommend a specific provider, which is usually the crematory they have contracted with, but you are not required to use their provider.
Do funeral homes offer pet cremation services?
There are some funeral homes that do offer pet cremation services but not many. Strict regulations prohibit cremating animals and humans using the same equipment so a funeral home that offers pet cremation will have invested in separate equipment.
Is it possible to make pre-arrangements for pet cremation services?
Yes. Many pet crematories offer consultations or have information available on their websites for pet parents who wish to make sure their pet is handled with dignity and respect when the time comes.
Are all pet crematories the same?
Although they all provide the same basic service – pet cremation – the quality and cost of the services can vary from one facility to another. It is important to understand that pet cremation is a developing industry. There is currently little oversight in this industry, so you need to be your own advocate. Be proactive in doing your research and asking the right questions. You want to be sure you are working with a reputable company that will meet your expectations and carry out your wishes.
How can I be sure that I will correctly get my pet’s ashes back?
Reputable and responsible pet cremation providers use a tracking system to prevent identification mistakes from happening during the cremation process. The tracking system typically involves a tag with a unique number. The tag is assigned upon receipt of the body, and is not separated from the body throughout the entire cremation process. Keeping the tag and the remains together throughout the process ensures that the ashes of the right pet are returned to the correct owner. (If you should choose not to have your pet’s ashes returned to you, the crematory will take the ashes and scatter them in a designated area that is set aside for scattering.)
What is the average cost of a pet cremation?
The cost of a pet cremation varies, but the average cost runs from $50 to $250, depending on factors such as the size of the pet, the weight, whether you choose individual or group cremation, and your location.