Pet cremation is the most commonly used technique following the passing of a much-loved family pet. It can allow the owners to receive the ashes if they wish to keep in memory of their furry friend.
Although it is difficult, it is important to learn about the process of the cremation of pets as this can help you prepare it.
Your vet will usually take care of the cremation and will help guide you through this often-painful ordeal.
Types of cremation for a pet
There are two types of cremation for a pet:
- Collective cremation: when the pet is cremated with other animals. The ashes are not returned to the owner but taken to agricultural land. This is the least expensive cremation technique.
- Individual cremation: the pet is cremated alone. The ashes are returned to the owner in an urn.
How to have your pet cremated?
In the case of a collective cremation, you would leave your pet in the care of the vet. They will make all arrangements and collection by an animal crematorium. For an individual cremation, you can also ask that your vets make the arrangements for you or you can arrange directly with the crematorium. In the event that you entrust the cremation to your veterinarian, the ashes will be returned directly to you, through him or the cremation centre.
If you make the arrangements yourself, this can be more personal, allow you to hold your pet one last time and can guarantee that the ashes you receive are those of your pet.
The process will last on average between half an hour and one hour. You will be able to wait in a collection room if you decide to receive the ashes straight away, alternatively you can arrange to have them sent to you at a later time.
Do research the animal crematoria in your area and confirm that they have single cremation facilities – this will ensure that you receive the ashes of your pet and not another.
Also remember to contact your pet insurance company on the day of death. They can refer you to a cremation centre or advise of an alternative to cremation if this is not your preferred choice.
Alternatives to cremation of pets
Although cremation is the most frequent solution, there are some alternatives after the passing of a pet:
In some cases, it is possible to bury a pet in the garden. But the animal must weigh less than 40 kg and must be buried at least 35 metres from your neighbours and any source of water.
You could also choose to bury your pet in a pet cemetery. But this can be an expensive option.
Make sure that you give yourself enough time to consider your options, it may take some time to make the right choice.
Price of cremation of the pet
The cost of incinerating a pet depends on the chosen cremation technique:
A collective cremation can cost between £40 and £100 on average, depending on the size of the pet.
An individual incineration can cost between £75 and £200 on average, depending on the size of the pet.
You may also need to consider including the transportation costs to the cremation centre, this can be between £100 and £150. Plus, the price of an urn, which can be between £25 and £180 if you want a specific urn.
If you are not nearby a pet crematorium, consider setting one up – read about setting up a pet cremation business here