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How to Recognize the Signs of End of Life in a Dog

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It can be an extremely difficult time during a pet’s death, but knowing the warning signs can help you and your family cope with the coming loss of your dog. If you notice any of the following signs, you may consider consulting your veterinarian on ways to comfort your dog.

Lack of Appetite and Weight Loss
As your dog reaches the end of his life, he may show little interest in food, or stop eating altogether. As a result, he will probably show signs of weight loss. This may happen for days, weeks, and even months as a given illness becomes worse. Consult your veterinarian about supplements and ways to give your dog nourishment in the months before his passing.

Indifference
When your dog shows little to no interest in the activities he used to enjoy, he is probably reaching the end of his life. Dogs become lethargic and begin to withdraw the closer they come to the end. They may not respond to normal sounds and sights that once excited them. Sadly, they may not even respond to their favorite people anymore either.

Confusion
If your dog often seems confused or forgetful, it is a sign he is losing brain function. He may become scared as a result of the confusion and forgetfulness. Be patient and quiet as you try to calm him down. Animals can often pick up human emotions. The more scared and confused you become, the more stressed out he may become.

Loss of Control of Bodily Functions
Bodily functions can mean normal voiding habits, like urinating, but the term can also refer to walking and moving as well. As the end draws near, your dog may lose control of his bladder or bowels; he could begin vomiting; and he may twitch uncontrollably or lose the ability to walk and move regularly.

Dealing with pet deaths isn’t easy for anyone, but Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory would like to help. We have pet memorials, pet urns, and a pet cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas. Call us at (682) 587-2324 to learn more.

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A Look at Hospice Care for Animals

Grieving Pet DFWAs an illness begins to take hold of your pet, it can become increasingly difficult to care for him. Thankfully, many veterinarian services offer hospice care for dying pets and their families. Before the sad eventuality of a pet’s death, here are the ways hospice care can benefit your pet and the family.

The family gets involved.
Especially if the hospice care is in the family’s home, then it is expected the family will have an active role in caring for the pet. This may mean administering medications, cleaning up after the pet, and providing emotional care. If members of the family are uncomfortable or unable to participate, this should be stated when deciding where hospice care should be located.

Pain management is discussed.
Veterinarian staff should have a frank and open discussion about the pet’s pain management as his end of life approaches. Often, the family will be trained in how to assess the pain level, and how to address the pain with appropriate medications. If the family is too emotional or unable to administer the pain medications, the veterinarian staff needs to be made aware, and take appropriate action to make the animal as comfortable as possible.

Veterinary services are available.
Most veterinarians who offer hospice services will be available at all times, should an emergency occur. These services might also include additional care, advice, or euthanasia when it is needed. If these services are not available, then another veterinarian practice should be available for emergency care.

Euthanasia services are available.
When the time comes to put a pet down, a pet hospice should have the capability to administer euthanasia services. The process and anticipated side effects should be explained to the owners beforehand. Any personal time with the dying or deceased animal should be given, as well.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is available during this difficult time after the loss of a pet. We can help with any pre-planning services, as well as providing a pet memorial in our pet cemetery near Dallas, Texas. Call us today at (682) 587-2324 to learn more about our services.

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Are You Ready for a New Pet?

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After the loss of a pet, well-meaning friends and family may encourage you to get a new pet right away. This is a decision personal to you, and it should not be rushed by anyone, including yourself. Do not be hard on yourself, or quick to replace your lost companion after a pet’s death. You will heal when the time is right.

Deciding if you are ready for a new pet is much the same as when you decided to adopt your previous pet. You must make an informed, yet emotional, decision on what is best for you and your future pet. Try to not feel guilty, like you are betraying your deceased pet; this feeling may be an indication that you are not ready for a new pet. You must also consider the rest of your human and animal family. Be open about everyone’s feelings toward the idea of a new pet, and how well they will accept a new animal.

Pet deaths are difficult for everyone, and Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is here to help when you need us. We provide a full range of services to honor your lost pet, including pet urns and pet memorials in Arlington, Texas. Call us at (682) 587-2324 to speak with a member of our staff.

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The Importance of Burying or Cremating Your Lost Pet

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Losing a pet is a traumatic experience. Pets live alongside of their humans and are present for so many important moments that they aren’t simply animals—they are truly part of the family. For this reason, it helps to acknowledge the significance of pet deaths with a burial or cremation as you would for any loved one. If you have recently lost a pet or want to pre-plan for burial or animal cremation, here is what you need to know.

Getting Closure
Although people without pets often don’t understand the depth of the relationship people have with their pets, pet owners know that losing a pet is not something you just get over. Getting closure and saying goodbye to your faithful pet is a central part of healing. Burying or cremating your pet and planning a ceremony associated with these rituals allows you to honor the pet’s place in your life and perform one last act of love. Many pet parents feel comforted by the knowledge that they have made this gesture of caring and respect to their lost animal.

Helping Children Understand
Children often have an equally difficult time when they lose a family pet. For young children in particular, it can be their first experience with death, and they may not fully understand what has happened. Having your pet buried or cremated helps children come to terms with the finality of the loss. It also opens up an opportunity for them to ask questions they may have about your pet’s death.

Avoiding Health Hazards
Some people wish to dispose of their pets in their own ways, but this can often lead to health hazards and violate city ordinances. Burials must be very deep to be safe from being disturbed, and many cities have laws that prevent home burials. A professional burial at a pet cemetery or cremation helps you avoid these complications.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is available to answer all of your questions about burial and cremation planning so you can make an informed decision after a pet death. Learn more about pet cremation cost, burial, and pet memorials in Fort Worth, Texas by calling (682) 587-2324.

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What Are the Signs of Arthritis in Cats?

No pet owner likes the idea of his or her animal suffering needlessly. Although pet deaths are painful, owners often choose that option over allowing their animal to be in pain. Because cats are notoriously stoic, it can be hard to know when they are suffering. Watch this video to learn signs that your cat has arthritis pain. This advice can also help you recognize other kinds of medical issues in your cat.

Cats who are experiencing pain may resist being pet and may stop grooming themselves. If you suspect your cat is hurting or is otherwise ill, contact a vet for advice. Early treatment can sometimes prevent pet deaths.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we know how difficult the loss of a pet is. Get compassionate help learning about pet cremation costs and planning a pet memorial in Dallas by calling (682) 587-2324.

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Talking to Young Children About the Loss of a Family Pet

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Pet deaths can affect children just as deeply as they do parents. After the loss of a pet, or when you know that a pet is terminally ill or will be euthanized, parents can help their children cope by talking to them openly about what is happening. The discussion can be difficult for parents who are also coping with the loss, but these tips will help you get the conversation started.

Start Early
Sometimes pet deaths are unexpected, but if you have the ability to prepare your children for the inevitable loss of family pet, then do so. As your pet ages, talk to your children about the death of your pet in the future and how that will affect you as a family. These conversations allow your children to ask questions and get a better understanding of what the loss will mean so it is not so surprising or confusing when it actually happens.

Be Direct
Although it may be tempting to try to cushion the blow for your children, avoid using euphemisms, such as saying that your pet has gone to sleep or has gone away. For young children, this language can be confusing and can leave them with the impression that the pet is coming back. It may also make them afraid to sleep or that if you leave the house that you won’t return. Use honest language to avoid these difficulties.

Stay Age Appropriate
Children’s understanding of death varies at different stages of development. Before age two, children usually respond to parents’ cues about the loss of a pet. Before age five, children may struggle to see death as permanent. Before age 10, children may feel some kind of responsibility for the loss of a pet because they had at times been frustrated with the animal or ignored it. Provide truthful information in a way your children are old enough to process. Having a pet funeral or memorial can help children understand the loss.

Support services are available from Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, as well as pet cremation and pet caskets in Dallas, Texas. When you lose a pet, call us for help at (682) 587-2324.

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Should Children Attend Pet Euthanasia Appointments?

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When you finally make the decision that euthanasia is the best decision for your beloved pet, the next question you have to consider is whether your children should be present for the procedure. Dealing with pet deaths is highly personal, and no two families are the same. The appropriateness of your children’s presence depends on many factors, including age, personality, and each child’s preference.

The benefit of having children present for euthanasia is that they get to say goodbye and have some kind of closure. Very young children may not understand what is going on, but children as young as five or six can often benefit from being present. Some parents choose to have children in a different room for the procedure but then bring them in to say goodbye when the pet has passed. Whatever your decision, it is not advisable to have your pet euthanized without talking to your children about pet deaths first.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can assist your family with all of the difficult decisions surrounding pet deaths in Arlington, Texas, including pet funeral services and pet cremation cost. Learn more by calling (682) 587-2324.

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Animals Experience Grief, Too

Whether you’ve experienced the loss of a pet or human loved one, your remaining pets may show signs of grief, as well. They may not have the verbal capability to express their feelings, but they’ll show you their sadness over a pet death in other ways.

The video features Koko the gorilla—famous for her knowledge of sign language—learning about the death of her kitten. Koko continually signs “sad” and “bad” to express her heartbreak. Later, she can be heard making crying sounds when she’s alone.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is here for you and your furry companions after experiencing a pet death. If you need an animal cremation or would like to purchase a pet urn or pet memorial in Fort Worth, Texas, call us at (682) 587-2324.

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Reasons to Memorialize Your Pet

Pet Loss DFWSaying goodbye to a beloved pet is never easy, but it is a natural process of life. Knowing that there are options for pet cremation and pet burial can help alleviate the sting of your pet’s passing a little. Below are a few reasons to consider memorializing your pet, so you don’t have to say goodbye forever.

It Helps with the Grieving Process
Anyone who has lost someone, human or pet, needs to grieve that loss. It may be an incredibly sad and difficult time, but addressing that pain can help you get through it. Often, with the loss of a pet, many pet owners dispose of the remains by burying them in the backyard or paying a disposal fee at their local vet or animal control center. If this is truly someone’s wish, then it’s best to follow that. For many people, though, when they don’t have something tangible of their pets to hold on to or see, the grief and sadness might become overwhelming. You may feel like a piece of your heart is gone, but when you receive that memorialization of them, that missing piece may not seem quite so big.

It’s a Way to Honor Your Pet
Purchasing a pet memorial, such as an urn, memento box, or gravestone, is the best way to honor your pet’s memory and influence. Your pet left a huge impact on you and your family, so he deserves a special remembrance. A memento box can hold his cremated remains, your favorite photos of him, and a collar or token of his. No matter your way of remembering him, a beloved pet created a special place in your heart, and he deserves to be honored for that love and devotion.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we know how hard it is to lose a loved one. We want to show you and your pet the respect and love you both deserve. Whether you’re in need of a pet burial, memorial, or pet cremation in Fort Worth, Texas, call us at (682) 587-2324.

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Helping a Friend Grieve a Pet

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Grieving a lost loved one, pet or human, is never easy, but it always feels a little more comforting when someone can share in our grief with us. When your friend has experienced a pet death, you may be at a loss of what to say or do. This is normal, but know that your comforting presence and listening ear may be just enough.

When your friend has lost a pet, try to offer only sympathy and helpful solutions to get through her grief. Suggest she makes a pet memorial, such as a scrapbook or a memento box. You can offer to help as she uses this creative outlet, and you may start sharing your favorite stories of the lost pet. You know your friend best, so help her through this time in the best way for her.

The loss of a pet in Arlington, Texas is always hard, but at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory we want to make this time as easy as we can. We offer pet cremation and burial, along with pet burial boxes and urns, to help ease your suffering. Call us at (682) 587-2324 to learn more about the services you might want after a pet death.

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