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Does anyone know an approximate cost on having your dog cremated, I would love to have Niko cremated when he passes(hopefully it will be a long time from now)
 

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depends on your location, and where you go, around here its $250 to $350, depends on how much your vet wants to mark it up, me being who I am, i question the private cremation, but I happen to know the gal thats does this in the area
 

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It depends on the vet and the size of the dog. My 120 pound lab was a little more then $400.00, but he is home with all of us, where he belongs. My dad just paid like $150.00 for a rabbit. I probably would not have done that, but he had 4 sets of little eyes(my nieces/nephew) begging him.
 

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Thank you everyone for responding
 

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Akira was 170$ to have her privately cremated. She was small though, still a puppy so it was cheaper. Expensive, though she was cremated in the city. Im sure around where I live (the suburbs) its cheaper.
 

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I agree depends on location, whether it's a private or not.

I have done all my animals as a private cremation, and pay around 175$ in total
 

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To get Genesis cremated and the ashes returned to me in a nice cedar box was around $275. That was back in 2002 though.....

I had called the place that was going to do it and wanted to be sure I was getting my Genesis remains back and not some from another dog. The person told me they place a metal tag with your dog that won't be destroyed from the fire. That's how they know it's yours. She even said if I wanted to I could come and watch how everything is done. I declined that invite. Have Genesis pedigree a pic of him, a puppy tooth and his cedar box in my bedroom on a dresser.......
 

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She even said if I wanted to I could come and watch how everything is done.
having to do this is hard enough, let alone watching, something i could never do, all of mine are on the mantle with a picture and their collar, and favorite toy, they will be going with me when its my time
 

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having to do this is hard enough, let alone watching, something i could never do, all of mine are on the mantle with a picture and their collar, and favorite toy, they will be going with me when its my time

Same here. I want Genesis remains and the remains of my two current GSD's Kaos and puppy Havoc to be buried with me. To this day I still regret not getting the remains of another GSD Baron I had. He had passed away either right before on on the ride over to the 24 hour emergency hospital. I was with my father at the time and wasn't thinking straight. I just hugged him then took his choker collar.....
 

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It really depends on your region I think.

My cat (RIP Monkey) was $360.00 last summer. I received a nice wooden box and a plaque with her paw prints and a piece of her fur. I burried the box next to my dearly departed Beau (GSD) at my parents house.
 

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The price to get my Hubby's Elkhound cremated was about 300$ for everything. We're not going into what happened with the remains, but suffice it to say, when Finn goes, we'll be going to watch them put him in and we will put the tag in so we know it's just him.
 

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Special cremation+euthanasia runs ~$268 around here. Just the special cremation alone is ~$160. I can't imagine anyone wanting to watch the cremation... your pet is in a black plastic bag and frozen (and not prettily curled up in a ball) until it's your pet's turn to be cremated. Do you really want to watch your awkward looking, dead, frozen pet get pulled out of a plastic bag and get cremated? Would you watch your parents get cremated? :confused: I would want my last memories to be nice ones...
 

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First dog I had cremated was 1998. They explained that they placed the animals seperately when they did a group cremation so you would still get the right ashes back. So I went with that. I think it was $90 and a four hour ride up there to deliver her.
Next three were down here. I think it was still $90 for the first one and maybe $200 each for the last two which were done in 2009. I have two German Shepherd cookie jars - two dogs share a jar.

Considering the scandal in one of the southern states about human cremation that surfaced a few years back, I think we need to recognize this as symbolic and hope that we're not getting back fireplace ashes...
 

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Keep in mind there are two types of cremation - group and private.

If you want the ashed back then you want a PRIVATE cremation. They clean out the crematorium before your dog goes in - that way you know you get only your dogs ashes.
 

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Thank you again everyone for your responses.
 

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It really depends on your region I think.

My cat (RIP Monkey) was $360.00 last summer. I received a nice wooden box and a plaque with her paw prints and a piece of her fur. I burried the box next to my dearly departed Beau (GSD) at my parents house.
This was a private cremation.
 

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I've worked as a vet tech for a few years.. The last vet I worked for marked up private cremation by like $200(disgusting, right?).

Around here, Pet Memorial Services is who everyone uses.. and you can actually take your pet there yourself. So many times I wish I could've told the clients who COULDN'T AFFORD TO TREAT, and had to opt for euth... And then had to go with communal.. Ugh.

Anyway, constant your local pet crematorium. The most cost effective might be euth at the vet, and then take your pet yourself..


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