Published July 27, 2020
Dealing with the death of a beloved pet is not an easy task. You’re bombarded with emotional distress and even physical pain. You almost feel as if the whole world just came crashing onto you. If you’re feeling that way, don’t worry, tons of people have been there too.
One of the hardest things in dealing with the death of a pet is seeing their deceased body. It’s an overwhelming reminder that your friend is gone, and he’s never coming back. Despite that, you have to think about the best way to deal with your old pal’s deceased body.
Many decisions come into play at the passing of a fur friend. Just like human deaths, you have options when it comes to treating their remains. You could choose to bury them, possibly in your backyard. Or you could also choose to have their remains cremated and stored in an urn.
It would be best to weigh your options before going through with one. And to help you with that, here’s a quick guide on dog cremation and its costs.
What are the costs for cremating a dog?
There isn’t a specific one-fits-all answer for this. The long answer is that it depends mainly on where you live. You’d usually get this service at a local crematorium, where prices will vary. What city or state you’re in also dictates the price of this service.
The price range for this will go anywhere between $30 and $150. Different crematoriums offer different packages too. You could opt for a service without add-ons or miscellaneous features to cut costs.
Why should I cremate my dog?
Cremation is a highly viable option when it comes to dealing with your dog’s remains. One reason is that it saves space compared to a home burial. The area that a small urn would take up is nothing compared to the land you’ll need to bury them.
Another reason is that you could be living in an apartment or somewhere without a backyard or lawn. You can probably see why home burials aren’t feasible nor possible in this situation.
How does a dog cremation go?
The process in a dog cremation is more or less identical to the human one. The dog’s remains are placed in a cremation chamber that goes up to 1400 – 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. This process reduces their body to ash and bones that are crushed to fine dust. You can then receive their remains in a container of your choice.
What can you do with the ashes?
The two most popular options in dealing with your pet’s ashes are to keep them in your home or scatter them somewhere. Keeping the ashes in an urn at home gives you a chance to grasp something tangible that reminds you of your buddy. It allows you to think back fondly of all the great memories you had together in your living space. You can do even better by creating a small shrine or corner, complete with your dog’s pictures and favorite toys.
On the other hand, scattering their ashes is something much more symbolic and ceremonial. Some cultures place real significance on scattering ashes. In Hindu culture, this is widely practiced by traditionally spreading them at the Ganges river. It’s also a way to “free the spirit or soul” of that loved one. This practice can also be meaningful to you personally if you choose to do so at a place that you and your pet enjoyed.
About The Author
Terrence Tan Ting is an industrial engineer by profession but a full time writer by passion. He loves to write about a wide range of topics from many different industries thanks to his undying curiosity.