How Much Does Pet Euthanasia Cost?
Pet euthanasia is the act of putting an animal to death painlessly. This procedure is commonly done to animals that have diseases such as cancer or are of old age. The cost of pet euthanasia is going to vary depending on the shelter/vet performing the procedure, the geographical location and the size of the animal.
How much does pet euthanasia cost?
- On average, the cost of euthanasia can cost anywhere from $25 to $350.
- Larger dogs can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 in office, while a smaller cat can cost $30 to $85. Smaller rodents such as a chinchilla or rabbit can start at $20.
- Euthanasia performed at a local shelter or in a veterinarian office can cost $25 to $150, while an at home procedure can cost $225 to $350.
- For example, the Animal Humane Society in Minnesota charges anywhere from $10 to as much as $85 depending on the animal that is being put down.
- In Miami, FL the county offers to put down animals that are ill for a flat fee of $25.
- According to a forum thread over on the website GardenWeb.com, users claimed that they had paid anywhere from $50 to as much as $200. For a basic euthanasia, this would be done in the vet’s office. For those that are requesting the ashes back in an urn, the costs will almost double.
What are the extra costs?
- Having the body transported to a cemetery or having the body cremated can result in an additional fee. These transportation and cremation fees can cost as much as $400 to $700 extra.
- Cremation can cost anywhere from $125 to $300 depending on the size of the animal. The remains can be placed in urns or spread over an area. See: “How much does cat cremation cost?“
- To have the animal buried in the local cemetery, the fees can cost $300 to $800 for the plot. Headstones can cost extra depending on what type of headstone is purchased. This is going to vary depending on the size of the animal.
- Some vets can come directly to the home. If the vet is required to come to the home directly, most will charge anywhere from $50 to as much as $200 extra do so. This will greatly depend on the mileage.
What is going to be included?
- During the procedure, the vet will administer a tranquilizer to relax the pet. Once the tranquilizer has kicked in, the second one will be applied that will cause the heart to stop.
- Most vets will not put down an animal that is not ill. If the animal is healthy and does not have and behavioral problems, there is a good chance vets will reject your request.
How can I save money?
- Consider taking the animal to a local vet. At home services are going to cost significantly more since they have to come to you. After the procedure is done, consider buying a small memorial stone for your home rather than getting a cemetery plot.
- Consider taking the animal to the local Humane Society. These non-profit organizations are cheaper than a for-profit vet office.