How much does a pet cremation cost?
Several factors affect the cost of pet cremation, including:
- Type of pet
- Size of pet
- Cremation type
- Urn/memorial products
The average cost for private cremation of a cat is about $80, and $30 for communal. Private cremation for a larger dog weighing around 80 pounds would cost about $135, and $80 for communal.
What are the different types of pet cremation?
Communal: Many pet cremation providers offer this cost-saving option. Communal cremation is when more than one pet is cremated at the same time. The downside of this method is that it is impossible to deliver a single pet’s ashes without it being mixed with others’.
Partitioned: As a way to save money by not performing a single cremation at a time, but still preserving the individual pet’s ashes, a partitioned cremation may be available. In this method, physical dividers such as trays and bricks, are used to keep each individual pet’s ashes separate from the others’.
Private: Private pet cremation is the most expensive option you can choose. During this method, only the body of one pet is inside the cremation chamber at a time. This method ensures that all of the cremated ashes belong to just that one pet.
Additional cremation services that may affect the overall price
Typically, the price of pet cremation does not include the removal of the pet from the veterinary clinic or home. Oftentimes, there is a contract worked out between the veterinarian’s office and the crematory that picks them up from the clinic. Whether or not such an agreement has been established would affect whether you are charged for the transport of the body from the vet’s clinic to the crematory.
Most pet cremation service providers will come to the home and pick up the pet for an additional fee. On average, the cost for this type of service ranges from $50 to $75.
Urns and Memorial Products
Providers of pet cremation services will often supply unique options for memorializing your pet. Most providers will have a wide variety of urns to choose from which can vary greatly in price. Furthermore, several cremation providers partner with other companies to give you options for glass keepsakes, artwork made from ashes, memorial jewelry, or even cremation diamonds.
In order to save money on pet cremation costs, you may be able to select a package option. In a package deal, you can often get a reduced price when you purchase more than just the basic cremation (i.e. transfer, cremation, and memorable tribute).