Pet Funerals: Expensive, But Common

By: Channel 6 News Email
By: Channel 6 News Email

American pet owners are digging deep to pay for their pet's final farewell.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, pet funerals are a booming business...with about 700 pet aftercare facilities nationwide.

Prices vary depending on the service and whether owners cremate or bury their pet.

A pet funeral service in Virginia says they perform about 900 pet cremations a year and sell about 20 pet caskets.

They've even added extra staff to keep up with the growing business.

Cremations usually run between $200-$300 dollars, including a basic urn and sometimes a video slideshow. Specialty urns cost more.

A Houston,Texas pet cemetary charges more than $1100 to bury a large dog, plus and annual plot maintenance fee of $30.

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