My cat died the other day. Instead of dealing with my grief, let's look at the economics of putting your pet down at home. Considering I spent roughly $800 on tests to figure out what was wrong with my animal, this seems like a bargain:
Home visit: $95
After hours charge: $20
Private cremation: $150
When I spoke to the doctor, she was very clear about all the costs, which was good. However, I would have paid her $500 to come and put my animal out of its misery and not blinked an eye. The doctor was very professional for what I imagine to be an emotionally wrentching job. I cannot imagine trying to retain my professional demeanor when a 6' 4" 250 lbs. man is crying like a school girl over an 8 lb. cat.
The really odd was picking up the ashes at the crematorium. They give you a bag to bring your pet home in with the name of the service on it. What am I supposed to do with this bag after I bring my cat's ashes home? Is anyone going to bring their lunch to work in a bag that says "XYZ Pet Cremation Services" on it?
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