Losing a pet can be very hard to deal with. What’s more, deciding between a pet burial and a pet cremation can be difficult. Let’s take a look at both options.

No one likes to think about his or her beloved pet dying. However, considering the end-of-life options while your fur pal is still living can make things easier in the long run.

Planning for your pet’s aftercare

Saying farewell to your much-loved fur pal is never easy. The last thing you want to think about while managing your grief is what to do with your pet’s remains.

However, the two most common aftercare options are pet cremation or pet burial. You will need to weigh up the pros and cons to decide which option is best for you.

Of course, it’s a difficult decision. The most important factor is to choose the option you feel best honours the memory of your pet.

Pet burial

Considered more of a traditional method of aftercare, pet burial offers a physical site in which to bury your pet. This can be in your backyard or in a pet cemetery.

The advantage of a pet burial is that you have a specific spot where you can go and visit your furry friend. Furthermore, pet burials can be customised to add as many personal or decorative touches as you like. You can tailor most aspects of the service and burial to suit your needs — providing your budget allows!

There are many businesses that are set up to offer pet burial services. The prices will vary depending on the size and type of casket and any add-on options for personalisation.

pet memorial stone

Pet cremation

In some instances, pet creation can make dealing with the loss of a pet a little easier. It is quite a straight forward service. Most cremation businesses collect the pet from the owner or the vet and then personally deliver the ashes to the owner’s home.

Pet cremation costs are generally modest. In Australia, you can expect to pay around $300 for a medium-sized dog (10-25kg).

There are many pet cremation services across Australia, so finding one that suits your needs should not be difficult. It’s also likely that your local vet can put you in touch with a pet cremation company in your area.

Having your pet cremated doesn’t mean you can’t have a memorial or a special place to visit your fur pal. You can bury the urn in your garden and have a headstone if that’s what you would like.

Alternatively, you can buy a decorative urn and keep it as a keepsake in your home.

The important thing to remember is that you have options. Considering the pros and cons of both pet burial and pet cremation might help you choose the most suitable aftercare.

Ultimately, just knowing you have laid your fur baby to rest in the most respectful way will give you peace of mind. Thankfully, the wonderful memories of our beloved pets will live on long after they have passed.


How have you managed your pet’s aftercare?


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Leanne Philpott

Leanne is a freelance writer at contentchameleon.com.au. She works alongside her fur pal Chewie (a border terrier) and is passionate about promoting responsible pet ownership.

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