It is very traumatic to lose a family pet due to illness or accidents. It is also painful to have one go over the Rainbow Bridge because of old age. Not only have you lost a beloved dog and companion, but now you have to figure out what to do with his bodily remains.
You may have heard horror stories about piles of different animals being cremated at once and there was no way to guarantee that the ashes you receive will belong to your dog. These types of places probably do exist, but that’s why you need to research and ask for recommendation.
If your dog passes at a veterinarian’s office, you can choose to leave the dog there for them to handle the disposal. Unless you know the vet and exactly how they handle dogs that have passed, you don’t know where your dog will end up.
According to Ann M. Martin, in her book, “Food Pets Die For,” some vet’s and shelters have their dead animals picked up by a rendering service where they are tossed into vats. What a horrible thing to have happen to a family pet. If you decide to have your veterinarian dispose of the dog, be sure you know how the dog will be disposed of.
There is also the option of pet cemeteries, but they are not readily available in every area. Some people take their dog home and bury them in their back yard. This is actually illegal in many places, so be sure to check the laws or ordinances in your area.
People who live in apartments do not have the option of burying their dog in the back yard, even if it is legal. Even if you own your home, you may eventually sell it and relocate, even if you don’t think you will. Would you really want to leave your pet buried in a yard that will now belong to strangers?
Cremation is a more expensive option for laying your pet to rest. An average price can be as much as $100.00 for a 65 pound dog and that is just the cremation. If you want the dogs ashes placed into a nice urn there will be an extra charge. It might seem a bit expensive, but wouldn’t it be nice to know where your dog’s remains are and what is happening with them?
Lisa is the proud owner of a 2 year old Shih Tzu and writer for Doggie Clothesline, an online boutique for amazing dog clothes and accessories.