Bigfork Animal Hospital / Common Questions

Bigfork Animal Hospital

7575 MT HWY 35
Bigfork, MT 59911


What does cremation cost?

Prices vary based on individual versus communal cremation. Call 890-9514 for pricing. Individual vs Communal We term a cremation “Individual” when your pet is individually cremated.  This option allows you to choose whether or not you want to keep the ashes.  If you decide not to keep the ashes we will dispose of them for you. We term a cremation “Communal” when we cremate your pet with others whose ashes are not separated or returned to owner.  We dispose of the ashes from a communal cremation. 

Where can I scatter the ashes? 

Cremated remains can be scattered or buried almost anywhere.  (Private property requires the owner’s permission.)  It is common to scatter the ashes in place that was a favorite of your pet or buried with a rose or tree planted over them.  The ashes are environmentally friendly and sterile. 

Will you pick up my pet’s body? 

We will come to your veterinarian’s office if they use our service.  Currently, we do not do home pick up.  You may transport your pet to our facility during business hours. 

How can I be sure that the ashes I receive are those belonging to only to my pet? 

We treat your pet’s body and ashes with the respect and dignity it deserves.  The ashes are carefully extracted from the cremation chamber and great care is taken to ensure the purity of the ashes.  We take the trust you place in us very seriously. 

Can I provide my own ash receptacle? 

We want our clients to find the right final resting place for their friend and companion.  So, while Flathead Pet Crematory does have urns available for purchase we realize that we may not have one that fits your needs.  Whether or not you use one of our urns we will be happy to advise you as to what size will be appropriate for your needs. 

What do ashes look like? 

Cremated ashes range from a talcum texture to larger fragments and are essentially the inorganic elements of the body (primarily from the skeletal structures)  We process any of the larger fragments so that they are not recognizable. 

How long does it take to have the ashes returned? 

Typically, individually cremated remains are returned within one week.