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Pet Cremation in 2020: Everything You Need To Know

Aug 26, '20

Information About Pet Cremation

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If you have recently lost your pet or are planning for the future, you may have questions about the cremation process.

Cremation is on the rise for both humans and animals, as it is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional burial.

In this article, we will help you navigate through the process of cremation and answer some common questions that you may have.

What is cremation?

According to Britannica, the practice dates back to as early as 1000 BCE. During the early years of civilization, the body would be placed on an open flame until it was reduced to ashes.

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However, in modern times, the body is placed in a chamber where an intense heat will reduce it to ash (rather than an open flame).

During 2019 in the United States, 54.6% of people who had passed were cremated. Further, 44 states had cremation rates of 41% or higher.

These trends indicate that cremation is on the rise in the United States.

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How much does a cremation cost?

For pets, cremation costs can vary depending on your location and the services you choose.

Group Cremation

At its most affordable level, pet cremation can be done in a group. It is the least costly option as it's performed with multiple pets in one chamber.

The downside to group cremation is that you will be unable to receive any ashes. On average, the cost can vary from $20 to $60.

Private Cremation

In addition to group cremation, crematories will almost certainly offer private cremations for your pet.

The way that private cremations are conducted will vary. Some crematories work directly through the vet office, whereas others will allow you to drop off your pet directly. Regardless, private cremations include you getting your pet's ashes back.

The downside to this method is that it does cost more. Your pet's ashes will likely come back in some urn or container, which is generally very inexpensive. The crematory will indeed offer other urns at an additional cost.

Another variable to take into consideration is the size of your pet. For smaller animals, a private cremation may only cost $30. A large animal, however, may cost upwards of $300.

Viewing Cremation

Certain crematories may even offer a private viewing of your pet's cremation. Many pet owners choose a viewing cremation as it provides a way for you to say goodbye & receive closure.

A typical viewing cremation begins with you saying goodbye to your pet. Next, you will accompany them into the cremation area and witness your pet being placed into the cremator. From there, you are generally welcome to stay during the length of the cremation.

While this service isn't as widely offered as a group and private cremations, with some research, it can still be found.

Again, since this service is more involved, one should expect to pay more for it. The prices will likely vary significantly between crematories.

How do I find the right crematory?

Finding a reputable and trustworthy crematory is very important. Knowing that your pet's remains will be respected is a must.

Finding a good crematory can be done in a few different ways.

If you have a strong relationship with your vet office, their recommendation is likely your best option. Most vet offices will work closely with a single crematory.

If you would like to do some research on your own, a simple Google search can yield a lot of information about potential services.


Review sites such as Yelp are also strong indicators of the experience you will have with a given crematory. Granted, a few one-star reviews don't mean that a crematory is terrible. If the practice has a rating of 4.5 stars or higher, you should feel reasonably confident that they have a good reputation.

You should also take note of how many reviews they have. While a business with only thirteen reviews has merit, one with 300 reviews will give you a better perspective.

Besides review sites, you should also look at social media platforms such as Facebook. Many people don't realize that there is a review section on Facebook pages. Typically, you will be able to find some strong testimonials there.

Creating A List Of Questions

After you have narrowed down your search to 1-3 crematories, you should make it a point to contact them with any questions you may have.

Here are some questions we recommend asking:

  • What services do you offer?
  • How much do these services cost?
  • What selection of pet urns do you offer?
  • Do you offer a pickup service? If so, how much does it cost?

It is important not to feel like you are pushy or unintelligent when asking these questions. These are common questions that many pet owners have, and a good crematory will be happy to answer them for you.

We also suggest making a list of any other questions that come to mind before contacting the crematory. It can make the process go much smoother overall.

Pick-Up Services


Most crematories offer a pickup service for an additional fee. Their website should include a phone number that is used to request the service.

Some are available 24/7, and others are only offered during standard business hours. The total cost can range from $20 to $70 (and reach prices as high as $1,000 for horses). Similarly to the cremation process, the fee depends on the size of your pet and your location.

Finding The Perfect Urn

Finding the right urn for your pet is as important as the cremation process. As previously mentioned, most crematories return your pet's ashes in a very basic styled urn (or simple container).

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We offer a wide range of pet urns that come in many different styles. From handmade in the United States to beautifully crafted traditional urns, you are sure to find the perfect tribute for your pet.

If you need to find the right size urn for your pet, click here for an article that explains the process.


Thinking about a time after our pets are with us is a difficult but necessary task.

Cremation can be an excellent alternative to traditional burials, as it helps save the environment while still providing closure.

We hope that this article helped you during this difficult time.

If you have any questions about the cremation process that we didn't answer, enter them in the comments below! We would be happy to answer them.

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