Kevin Spurgeon, director of the Association of Private Pet Cemeteries and Crematoria (APPCC) says people could save money by going directly to crematoriums and cemeteries.

Kevin says: “To ensure your pet gets the send-off they deserve and to avoid paying an inflated price for a basic service, don’t just go with the service your vet offers you.

“I recommend calling or visiting your local pet crematorium to see what services they offer — ideally well before any sad time comes.

“As well as fees, it is important to specifically ask how your pet will be transported, handled, stored, cremated and identified throughout.

Kevin, who is also the owner of Dignity Pet Crematorium added: “Apart from the APPCC, sites are not independently inspected so services can vary hugely.”