Dogs are the most popular pet in the UK, with around 26% of the population owning one. They can be best friends, exercise companions and even therapists, so it’s no wonder that losing a dog can be devastating.
Whether your dog has passed away at home or at the vets, we can offer a caring and dignified cremation service. We like to be open and honest about our services and prices, so we have detailed below the different costs involved with having your dog cremated.
How much does dog cremation cost
At Dignity we only carry out individual dog cremations, which means we do not cremate more than one pet at a time (this is usually called mass or communal cremation). This type of cremation is more expensive than some services offered by the vets, but we guarantee that you will receive only your dogs ashes back.
Our dog cremation prices are:
- Small dogs up to 10kg £160
- Medium dogs up to 20kg £175
- Large dogs up to 34kg £190
- X Large dogs up to 47kg £200
- Giant dogs over 47kg £220
It’s important to note that the service you are paying for at the vet will likely be much higher than the charge from the crematorium – if you can you should ask for an itemised invoice.
What’s included in the cost of dog cremation
Once your pet arrives at Dignity they are placed in a cool room in their own individual pet bed. We never put them into plastic bags or freezers. After we have received your permission to proceed with the cremation we carry out pre-cremation options such as paw prints and fur clippings. They are then gently placed into the chamber where one of our cremation staff will say a prayer for them.
The ashes are processed and then placed into a plastic bag with the paperwork, which accompanies them throughout the process. You can choose to have the ashes returned like this, or upgrade to an urn/casket of your choice.
While you can opt for the basic cremation options, we find many of our clients choose to personalise the service. This includes arranging for collection of your dog from your home or vets, return of ashes and any pre-cremation options. You can also choose to upgrade your cremation service to an Attended or Same Day
- Fur Clipping Free
- Inkless Paw Print From £15
- Paw Print Mould £27.50
- Paw Impressions £120 / £157
- Heart in the Paw Keyring £24.50
Choosing an urn for your dogs ashes
We stock a wide range of caskets and urns for your dog’s ashes. From classic wooden containers to dog specific caskets, these allow you to keep their ashes in a special spot in your home. One of our favourite options is the photo frame casket which has a hidden ashes compartment tucked behind a photograph of your pet.
Find out more about our range of caskets and urns on our website here.
Paying for your dog’s cremation
We accept most credit and debit card payments at Dignity, as well as cash. You can also spread the cost your your dogs cremation by either setting up a Pre-Payment Plan with us or using PayPal Credit to pay. Some pet insurance policies also include cover for cremation costs – click here to find out more.
Coping with the loss of your dog
It’s difficult to give advice when it comes to grief as everyone experiences it in their own way, and we don’t believe it’s something you simply ‘get over’. But there are still things you can do to help yourself come to terms with the loss, including some of the below ideas.
- Create a tribute area to your dog in your home or garden
- Talk to friends and family about your dog
- Don’t be afraid to talk about how you are feeling
- Keep busy even when it’s hard to stay motivated
- Contact a support service such as the Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Service if you feel you need additional support
If you have any further questions about dog cremation please get in touch with a member of our team on 01252 844572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.