How much does it cost to get a dog cremated?

April 6, 2024 - 4 min read
This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s care, treatment, or medical conditions.
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No one wants to think about the day they'll have to say goodbye to their dog. In their prime, our furry family members are dazzlingly vibrant and profoundly, blessedly alive. And while it may be hard to keep this in mind while you're grieving, here's the truth: A dignified cremation is actually a way to remember them that way.

It's hard to think about dollars and cents at a time like this. But knowing the costs can help you plan your dog's final goodbye with all the love and respect they deserve.

Factors that impact the cost of dog cremation

Dog cremation costs vary depending on where in the US you live and the prices at the crematorium you decide to use (or your vet's office, if you choose to have them handle it).

Here's a breakdown of what those costs for cremation might look like and what options may be available to you, depending on your location.

The type of cremation you select

There are three general types of cremation options for dogs: communal, individual, and private.

These are the main differences:

  • Communal cremation: Multiple dogs are cremated together without separation, and you will not receive your dog's ashes afterwards. This is the most economical option.

  • Individual (semi-private/partitioned) cremation: Multiple pets are cremated in a shared space but are separated. This ensures that you receive your dog's ashes, but know that there may be some commingling.

  • Private cremation: The dog is cremated alone, and the ashes are returned directly to you. This is typically the most expensive option. Some crematoriums give owners the ability to be present or watch from a separate room, although there may be an additional charge.

Important note: Some crematoriums use the term "private" cremation for what is actually an "individual" cremation. If it's important to you that your dog be cremated 100% alone in a private cremation, make sure to clarify this first.

Your dog's size

For most crematoria, the price goes up with the size of the dog.

Your location

Just as with many veterinary services and other costs of living, dog cremation is likely to be more expensive in metropolitan areas like New York City.

Additional services or keepsakes

Additional services offered by the crematorium can also affect your price.

For example, most crematoriums will return the remains of your pet for an individual or private cremation in a standard container, but if you want a special urn, those will have to be paid for separately.

Some locationsmayalsooffer ink or clay paw and nose prints as a memorial keepsake you can purchase.

Average cost for dog cremation

Below are some average costs for dog cremation at crematoriums across the US.

Keep in mind that these prices do not reflect additional costs for urns and special keepsakes you might opt to purchase.

Dog's weight Communal cremation cost Individual (semi-private) cremation cost Private cremation cost
Small (0–35 lbs.) $50-$80 $150-$250 $300-$450
Medium (36–65 lbs.) $80-$100 $250-$300 $400-$500
Large (66–100 lbs.) $100-$150 $300-$350 $500-$550
XL (101+ lbs.) $150-$200 $350-$400 $550-$600

How dog cremation works

First, the crematorium will collect the body from the veterinary surgery or your home, depending on where it is.

Some crematoriums will let you bring the body in yourself if you prefer, but it depends on the arrangements you make with your vet or the crematorium directly.

Saying goodbye

If you opt to go to a crematorium, they may offer a room for you to say your final farewell before cremation. Some even have grief counselors on site.

The cremation process

The body is then transported to the crematorium and cremated via your chosen method.

Most crematoriums do not allow owners to be in the room during cremation, but some might allow you to watch the body in the crematorium over CCTV or invite you in after you've collected the ashes to see how they work.

Final steps

If you opt for a private or individual cremation that includes your pup's ashes, they will typically be available to pick up in person or delivered to your address. This can take up to two weeks.

Some crematorias will let you choose from a range of urns, scatter boxes, and containers they have. You might also be able to request a standard container and order an urn from somewhere else separately.

What if I can't afford cremation for my dog?

If you find yourself in the difficult position of not being able to afford cremation for your dog, know that you're not alone, and there are compassionate options available.

Many communities offer resources to assist pet owners in need, including low-cost cremation services, pet bereavement support groups, and sometimes financial aid through local animal charities or veterinary funds.

It's worth discussing your situation with your veterinarian or local animal shelters, as they may know of specific programs or organizations that can help.

Remember, seeking assistance during this tough time is a sign of love and care for your beloved companion, and there's no shame in exploring all possible options to give them a dignified farewell.

Does pet insurance cover dog cremation?

Dog insurance is designed to ease the financial burden of care during tough times. When your pet has passed from a covered accident or illness, ManyPets may cover not only euthanasia, but also and cremation.

About that. Not too many pet insurance companies cover cremation. But here's the thing: Every milestone in your pet's journey is important, even the ones that hare painful to think about. At ManyPets, we don't believe our responsibility to your pet simply comes to an end the second they pass on. We know pets are family–now and always.

*exclusions apply, including those for pre-existing conditions. See your policy for details.

Irina Wells
Content Marketing Executive

Irina is a former content marketing executive for ManyPets. She has contributed to a number of personal finance sites, including Loot Financial Services and Claro Money.