Is It Better To Cremate Or Bury A Pet

Is It Better To Cremate Or Bury A Pet


After your pet dies, you have to decide what to do with the body. In this article I will explain the different options for handling a pet’s remains, and how each choice can affect your family’s financial situation, health and future plans.

Preferable to owners

  • Burying a pet is the more common option.
  • It’s more convenient.
  • It’s more traditional—the way we’ve done it for years and years.
  • It’s likely to be accepted by the community, especially if you live in an area where people are more accustomed to burial rather than cremation (like many rural areas).
  • And it also tends to be easier on your family members—after all, they wouldn’t have to travel far or wait during their busy days with work or school commitments before they can visit your pet’s final resting place when they get home from those obligations.


When it comes to costs, cremation is the more expensive option. For example, the average cost of a pet cremation in New York is $180 at one of the largest crematoriums in Manhattan and $160 at a smaller crematorium outside of Manhattan. A burial plot at Blue Cross Cemetary costs between $2,000 and $15,000 depending on the location.

The price difference between cremation and burial can be reduced by choosing a less expensive crematorium or funeral home. Crematories located near airports tend to have lower prices than those located away from airports because they charge less for delivery services since there won’t be many customers living nearby who need their services regularly. Funeral homes with larger fleet of hearses may charge less because they’ll have fewer overhead costs as well (plus this makes them more accessible).


Funerals are a way to celebrate the life of a pet. They can be held at a pet cemetery or a pet-friendly funeral home, or even at your own house if you’d like to lean into the “pet-friendly” spirit of things.

Funerals for pets aren’t just about saying goodbye; they also give people an opportunity to come together and remember all the good times they had with their beloved animal companion. In these moments, it’s important not only to reflect on all the great memories but also celebrate them by letting loose with friends and family in honor of their furry friend’s legacy.

Future burial

It’s important to consider how long the pet’s body will be kept. After all, cremation can take as little as 30 minutes and burial can take days or weeks, depending on how deep you bury your pet’s body.

If you opt for cremation, ask how long the company keeps your pet’s ashes before disposing of them. With some companies, it’s only a matter of hours until they mix those ashes with other pets’ ashes and send them off to be buried in an undisclosed location (possibly a landfill). So if you move and later want to relocate their remains at another time or place, that may not be possible.

Also consider whether there will be any ceremonies associated with burying your pet; if so, find out what kinds of parties are typically held at these services and whether they provide caskets for use during these celebrations as well as afterward—otherwise it might seem disrespectful if people show up expecting cake but instead find nothing but dirt and rocks beneath their feet!

Health concerns

Burial of a pet can be a health risk. When you bury your pet, you put them in direct contact with the soil and potentially expose yourself to diseases that are transmitted through the soil. This includes foodborne illness, rat-borne disease (such as leptospirosis), raccoon-borne disease (such as rabies), and other infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and nematodes.

Diseases can also be spread when humans come into contact with dead animals or their remains after burial. For example: “A study of three mass gravesites in rural North Carolina found that 52% of sampled soils from one contained viable staphylococcal enterotoxin B.”

Environmental impact of burying a pet

As you may have heard in a previous section, the environmental impact of cremation is minimal. However, if you want to make your pet’s life cycle as green as possible, it’s best to avoid burial. You can read more about why on our blog post here. Here are some reasons why burying your pet might not be the best option:

  • The burial process uses natural resources
  • It takes up space in landfills and other waste management facilities
  • Burial requires specialized equipment to dig a hole big enough for a human body (even if it’s just an animal) and then fill it back up again after use
  • The logistics of digging new holes every time someone buries their pet means that there will always be areas where people live too far away from existing cemeteries or holes get filled in with dirt from construction projects nearby

Religious factors

Religious factors can play a role in how you choose to care for your pet. If you have religious beliefs that forbid cremation, then you’ll want to choose burial as the final resting place for your pet. Conversely, if burial will violate your religious beliefs, then cremation is an option for you.

A few religions have specific burial or cremation practices:

  • Judaism: Cremation is not permitted unless the body of the deceased has been drained of blood by embalming and other methods—or if it’s been buried at least 70 days prior to being exhumed. The remains are then placed in a plain wooden coffin with no metal parts and buried in a cemetery plot that is reserved exclusively for people who were also buried by this method (for example, there may be a special area set aside where bodies can be interred).

The Catholic Church has no specific rules regarding what happens after death; they encourage Catholics to consider their own faith traditions when deciding how they want their loved one’s remains handled after death. However, some churches do have restrictions on certain types of burials (e.g., burial within city limits) or require written permission from local authorities before performing any kind of funeral service inside their buildings (which often includes funerals conducted outside!).

If you’re not sure whether your religion has any laws concerning how bodies should be treated after death—or even if there’s such thing as “afterlife” at all—talk with someone who knows about these things: either someone else from within your religious community or someone else who shares similar beliefs with whatever faith tradition inspires them most strongly throughout life’s ups-and-downs.”

There are many factors to consider when deciding how to handle your pet’s body after it has died.

There are many factors to consider when deciding how to handle your pet’s body after it has died. There is no right or wrong answer, and the choice depends on your personal circumstances and preferences.

Cremation is an option for those who do not wish to bury their pet in a traditional grave or cemetery plot. However, cremation does not necessarily remove all traces of the animal from its remains, as some parts may be left behind and disposed of separately (e.g., if there were foreign objects in the animal).

You may also choose to bury your pet at home or another location on your own property. If you choose burial over cremation, remember that you will need somewhere appropriate for this burial site; if this spot becomes unavailable later on down the road then you may have trouble finding another suitable place nearby where both parties involved (you & other family members) can agree upon unanimously without any disagreements arising between each other over various concerns they might have regarding such matters like “safety reasons” etcetera).


To sum up, we have discussed the most common methods used to dispose of pet bodies and their pros and cons. We have also gone into detail about burial vs. cremation, which can be a difficult decision for pet owners to make. Cremation is a faster process that often costs less than burial, but it does not give families the opportunity to visit their pets’ gravesites in the future. Funerals are another option for burying or cremating pets that allow family members an opportunity to grieve together; however, they can be expensive if held at home with many guests present. Clients should consider all these factors when deciding how they will handle their deceased pet’s body so they can choose whichever method is right for them!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Scroll to Top