Pet Burial and Cremation Options

Options for pet care after death: cremation vs. burial

Saying farewell to a loving pet is really traumatic. One of the last things you want to worry about when grieving is how to care for your pet's remains after death. It's difficult to deal with the grief of losing a pet. However, there is an immediate choice you must make upon the death of your pet. "Aftercare" refers to how you want your pet's remains to be treated. You must confront this, regardless of how tough it may be.

If your pet's body is at the vet's office, they may be willing to keep it for a day or two while you consider your options. In rare circumstances, however, there is no way to keep your dog or body and you must make a quick decision. Following the handling of your pet's remains, you may decide to hold a short burial or memorial service to honor your beloved friend. Following are some frequent possibilities for your pet's remains:


Cremation is the process of converting the body's remains to ashes and microscopic bone pieces by combustion in a properly built furnace (called "cremains"). Most veterinarian offices have a working relationship with one or more pet crematoria and may assist you with making these arrangements.

Private/Individual Cremation

You can have your pet's ashes returned to you if you choose this method of cremation. To guarantee that you receive your pet's ashes, use a trustworthy firm (and not the ashes of one or more other pets). Some individuals want to witness the cremation, while others do not. Choosing a crematory that enables viewing, on the other hand, may give you peace of mind knowing your pet will be cremated alone. The cost of a private pet cremation is from $150 to $300, depending on the size of the animal and local fees.

Pet crematories usually return your cremains to you in a plastic bag enclosed in a stylish tin or box. Many, however, charge an extra fee for urns, ornate boxes, and figurines. You might be able to find a pet urn or memorial box somewhere, such as online. Some crematories will even transport your cremains for you at no cost.

Mass/Communal Cremation

You may select this option if you do not want your pet's ashes returned. Because your pet will be burned among other animals, you will not be able to acquire the cremains. The cost is usually determined by weight and might range from $25 to $150.


If you do not like the idea of having your pet's body cremated or if you would prefer a grave site you can visit, then pet burial might be the best option for you.

Home Burial

If you wish to bury your pet on your own property, first make sure local laws allow it. Unfortunately, in some areas, the local government does not permit pet burial on personal property.

Before burial, make sure the body is free of non-biodegradable items (such as plastic). A wooden or cardboard coffin can be used to encase the body. The burial should be at least 3 feet deep and placed in an area where it will not deteriorate or be dug up again. You can place a special headstone on the cemetery or plant a specific tree or shrub there.

Pet Cemetery Burial

There are several firms that provide pet cemetery services. Some are even connected to pet cemeteries. This will provide you a precise location to visit your pet without the legal ramifications of a home burial. Furthermore, you will not have to transport your pet's remains or worry about leaving them behind if you move from your existing residence. For your pet's grave, pet burial services can provide a variety of headstones and other ornamental elements. Depending on the details, prices range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.

To find a pet crematory or pet burial service in your area, visit the International Association Of Pet Cemeteries & Crematories or talk to your veterinarian's office.

Memorializing Your Beloved Pet

When your cat passes away, you may want to save a strand of hair or create a paw print souvenir with ink or clay. This service is available at some veterinarian offices and pet crematoria. You may frame the souvenir with a photo of your pet to keep the memories alive.

There are several internet businesses that provide unique methods to commemorate your pet. A lock of fur or a little bit of cremains are used in some cases. Others use the pet's photo to customize a decorative object. Decorative stones, paperweights, decorations, jewelry, and other items are among the tributes available. Here are just a handful of the numerous options:

  • Art From Ashes: Beautifully artistic hand-crafted glass remembrances made with a small amount of a loved one's ashes
  • Life Gem: A certified, high-quality diamond created from a lock of hair or the cremated ashes of a loved one as a memorial
  • Peternity: A wide variety of jewelry, custom art, keepsakes, urns, and many other pet memorials
  • Everlife Memorials: Engraved plaques, personalized keepsakes, cremation jewelry, headstones, urns and much more
  • Remember Rocks: Decorative engraved rocks and stones to memorialize pets