If burial is not an option, or not desired, you may be interested in having your pet cremated. You can get your pet's ashes back and display them, bury or scatter them, or use them to create special memorials.
Your veterinarian can take care of the cremation arrangements, or, depending on where you live, there may be businesses that specialize in pet cremation.
Do you want the standard group cremation that your vet may provide, or do you want an individual cremation at a private facility?
Cost is definitely a factor here, but if the knowledge that your pet is being cremated by himself, in a private service, is important to you, you may wish to have an individual cremation. Individual cremation will often allow you to be present during the process, a quick turnaround on receiving the ashes, and 100% certainty that the ashes you receive are only of your pet.
You might also request a special viewing or ceremony before the cremation, as another way to honor your pet.
Are you interested in a paw print or nose print memorialization?
You can do these yourself, or your vet or cremation specialist should be able to do these for you. There are many things you can do with your pet's imprint, including clay or metal casts, framed prints, jewelry, and even tattoos.
What do you plan to do with the ashes?
There are a number of options for holding or displaying your pet's ashes. You may wish to contain them in an urn, either as a keepsake or to scatter or bury. Small amounts of cremains can be made into glass memorials, paperweights or jewelry, and more.