I worry about how I will handle the eventual passing of my two dogs. It is definitely going to be hard. Many people who have lived through it. The only thing that gives me any relief, is knowing that I can opt for dog cremation when the time comes.
My heart is with you if you are dealing with that kind of grief now. It’s difficult to be practical at a time like this, which is why I want to share what I know about dog cremation with you. Having the facts will help you make an important decision, and hopefully ease your mind.
CHOOSING DOG CREMATION OVER A TRADITIONAL BURIAL
This choice is highly personal. There is no “right” or “wrong” decision. It’s easy to overlook important details when you’re grieving, and this is a decision you don’t want to regret later. Consider the following frequently asked questions.
The image below shows an example of burial stones in honor of someone’s beloved pet. It might not be exactly what you’re looking for, but it gives you an idea of what can be done.
The image above is just one idea for a small plaque that can be used after a dog cremation.
1. HOW DO I KNOW IF THE CREMATORIUM IS LEGITIMATE?
Pet cremation services are self-regulated. When choosing a facility, look or ask to see the company’s IAOPCC plaque. The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) collaborates with the International Association of Pet Cemeteries & Crematoriums (IAOPCC) to ensure standards of care.
Members are required to take training and are granted professional accreditation. Any crematorium associated with the IAOPCC will likely have their credentials on display. If not, ask to see them.
The following YouTube video is a lovely reminder of the caring services available.
You might not have the Hinsdale Animal Cemetery where you live, but you likely have something very similar.
2. CAN I AFFORD DOG CREMATION SERVICES?
The cost of dog cremation will depend on the size of your dog, where you live, and the services you choose. On average, the cost can be anywhere from $50 to $200 just for the cremation. Additional services (for example, engraved urns, custom engraved jewelry, and a private burial), will increase the overall price.
3. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
If you live in an urban area with more than one crematorium, find the one with accreditation and ask them what they offer. Most offer everything from a private cremation (more expensive) to a communal one. The choices are up to you.
Perhaps you will consider purchasing a small, engraved keepsake to bring home. You might even choose to bring dog’s ashes home entirely. These are your decisions. Some people keep the urn at home in a place where the owners can spend quiet time remembering the times they had with their beloved dog.
I know a trucker who purchased a locket of his Lhasa Apso’s fur with a few ashes to keep in his cab. It brings him peace of mind on those long lonely highways. For some people, it’s a way to keep the dog’s memory close.
4. WHAT SHOULD I DO FIRST?
Don’t worry, this is a stressful time for you. The more streamlined this can be, the better. The easiest option is to go to a trusted crematorium that respects your emotions and your wishes.
Ask family and friends who they trust. Go on social media and ask the question. People like to help other people. Take the information given to you and do a little background research on your own.
Look at their website first. I always feel relieved when I come across a website that’s professionally done. If I see a site that looks shady, I exit out of there and keep looking.
5. TRADITIONAL AT-HOME BURIAL
If your dog is euthanized, you have the option of bringing the body home for burial with or without cremation. Keep in mind that a professional crematorium can offer a streamlined service.
If you prefer the idea of cremation over communal burial, your veterinarian can make the arrangements. Cremation, in general, is going to cost more. However, if you have the veterinarian take care of it, you may not have to face a sales pitch.
Don’t let anyone rush you into a decision. No matter what you decide, at the end of the day, you’ll be happy you took the time to research your options.
If you’re like me, you probably see your dog as part of the family. People call dogs “their children” now, and it’s all part of our culture. Young couples are raising pets as a starter family, treating their dogs like their children It’s a litmus test to see how they’d fair with the real-deal. In the process, deep bonds are forged.
The infographic below shows some recent statistics on the increase in cremations in general.
Please have a look at the infographic below. This is a general view on cremation. Many thanks go to the contributor of this infographic from the Visually website.
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