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Making the Decision to Cremate Your Dog

Updated on May 21, 2012
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Whitney has over 10 years of experience in dog training, rescuing and dog healthcare.

It is hard when you lose your dog, but the decision comes when you have to decide what to do with your pet's body. Generally, the options lie in should you bury your dog or have him cremated.

If you opt for cremation, you'll find there are two options- private and mass cremation.

Private cremation may be a little expensive, but it ensures that your pet is cremated by itself instead of along with other animals. Your dog will will be separated during the cremation process to ensure that you receive only your pet's remains.

Mass cremation is much cheaper, but you will not receive your pet's remains after the process.

When you choose to cremate your pet via a private cremation process, you can choose to place the ashes in an urn, bury them, or scatter them in your pet's favorite place.

Cremation has increased as a popular choice within the past few years. It ensures that your pet is always with you. Many pet owners will display the ashes in a pet urn, whereas others may bury the ashes, or scatter them.

Cremation is a good choice for those who want to visit a gravesite but may not have the time.

Choosing to cremate your dog instead of burying his body is a personal choice, and it's not one that everyone chooses.

No matter what you choose to do with your pet after his death, you'll want to make sure that you are prepared to make the decision. As a part of the family, it can become a big decision to decide what to do with your pet, just as if a human family member had passed away.

Before you make the decision, you may want to understand the cremation process.

  1. Cremation is a thermal process that takes about 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  2. The process turns the animal's body into ash and bone fragments.
  3. The larger fragments are pulverized so that you receive all of the remains.

You will receive the ashes in a bag that will be within a box or tin. You can place these remains within a pet urn of your choosing, or do with them as you wish. For some people, it may take years to decide what to do with their pet's remains.


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