Pet Cremation Questions
What you need to know about pet cremation
Pet owners frequently ask the following questions about pet cremation.You can also get assistance from The Humane Society, your veterinarian, or a pet cremation service in your area.
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, usually a 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 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. The International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories offers a listing of pet cremation service providers throughout the U.S.
Is it possible to pre-arrange your pet’s cremation?
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, 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, and there is currently little oversight, so you need to be your own advocate. Be proactive in doing your research and asking the service provider 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 ensure correct identification during the cremation process. The tracking system typically involves a tag with a unique number. The tag is assigned when your pet is received, and is not separated from the pet throughout the entire cremation process. Keeping the tag and the remains together throughout the process ensures that your pet’s ashes will be returned to you. If you choose not to have your pet’s ashes returned to you, the crematory will take the ashes and scatter them in a designated area.
What is the average cost of pet cremation?
The average cost runs from $50 to $250, depending on factors such as the size of your pet, whether you choose individual or group cremation, and your location.