Questions About Pet Cremation

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How do vets cremate animals?

Most vet practices in the UK will offer cremation of pets in partnership with a licensed pet crematorium. There are strict regulations in place governing the cremation of animals and they would be sure to use a reputable, licensed crematorium. Some veterinary practices have their own licence to cremate pets themselves.

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Are pets cremated individually?

If you request that your pet be cremated, either by arrangement with your veterinary practice or directly with a pet crematorium, you will be offered different options. The first choice you are likely to be offered is whether you’d prefer individual cremation or communal cremation. If you have chosen individual cremation then your pet will be cremated on its own and the ashes you will have returned to you are only those of your own pet. Some pet crematoria only perform individual cremation, whilst others offer both types of cremation.

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Is it better to bury or cremate your pet?

The choice of whether to bury or cremate your pet is a very personal one, but there are also a number of practical considerations. Not everyone has a garden, or enough space, to bury their pets. Sometimes people worry about burying pets in their garden and then moving house. If you wish to keep your pet close to you in some way after it has passed on, cremation and having the ashes returned to you can be the answer. 
Ultimately, whether to bury or cremate your pet is down to personal choice and practicalities and there is no “right” or “wrong”. Whatever you decide is the right choice for you and your family.

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What can I do with cremated pet ashes?

There are many things you can do with your pet’s ashes and it is a very personal choice. You might choose ashes scattering, ashes burial, traditional, contemporary or discreet urns, keepsakes, personalised memorials – or a combination of these ideas. You will want to choose something that honours your pet and reflects the happy times you had together.

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Does pet insurance cover pet cremation?

Most pet insurance policies do not cover the costs of euthanasia or cremation. Some do offer it, but it is normally as an addition to the policy*. This usually means the policy premiums will cost more. It is important to be clear about what a policy covers, and any excess fees, before purchasing.

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How long does it take to get cremated remains back?

The time taken for ashes to be returned after a cremation can vary. If having the ashes back promptly is important to you we recommend you ask your vet or pet crematorium about it when you organise your pet’s cremation.

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How much does pet cremation cost?

The cost of cremating a pet depends on a number of factors. These can include the type of cremation, the size and type of pet and the urn chosen. We recommend you talk to your vet and some pet crematoria before deciding. This will allow you to compare costs and services so you can find something right for you. You will find a searchable directory of pet crematoria on our website.

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