Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery  & Crematory
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Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory is a full service perpetual care cemetery. We provide pick-up, in-house cremation or burial preparations, memorials and more.

Help a Surviving Cat Grieve the Loss of a Companion

Cats have complex emotions. Just like people, they feel grief and loss. During the difficult time after a pet’s death, families can find comfort in supporting each other and sharing their favorite memories of the pet. But cats can’t tell their humans how they feel, and they may have trouble understanding why their best friend has suddenly gone away. There are ways of comforting a surviving feline, and doing so may help you cope with your own grief.

Look for behavioral changes in your cat.

Although your cat can’t talk to you about his or her feelings, you might notice behavioral changes that are indicative of grief. Some cats cry often, and spend their time looking through the house for their lost companion. Grief can make cats display different personalities. Typically shy cats can become clingy, and may follow their human parents around the house. Active cats might become socially withdrawn. They may be too depressed to play or go outdoors to hunt.

Let your cat know what has happened.

If the deceased cat died at home, it might be a little easier for the surviving feline to work toward acceptance of the loss. Bring your cat over to the body of his or her companion, and allow your cat to sniff as much as he or she wants. This is a normal way for animals to understand that a death has occurred. Your cat will still grieve, but he or she might not display drastic behavior changes.

Give your cat lots of love and support.

Spend lots of time cuddling and stroking your cat. Talk to your cat too. Even though he or she won’t understand the words, the emotion and intent behind the words will be clear.

Ask a vet about antidepressants.

Medications are a last resort for cats who can’t seem to recover from the loss of their companion. Veterinarians generally only prescribe them after all other options have failed because of the risk of side effects. If your grieving cat is displaying severe psychological problems and behavioral issues, a short-term course of antidepressants might help.

The pet funeral providers at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory would like to extend our sincerest condolences for the loss of your pet. We’d like to help your family grieve in any way that we can. Call (682) 587-2324 to inquire about our respectful pet burials and animal cremations near Arlington, Texas.

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A Brief Guide to Pre-Need Burial Planning for Pets

Losing a loved one can prevent you from thinking clearly and making sound decisions, and this extends to losing a pet. Pets are a part of the family, so you may wish for them to have the same care as they are put into their final resting place as any other member of the family would have. To be sure that you are comfortable with the decisions you make for your pet’s end of life care, you might consider working with a pet cemetery in Dallas to arrange your pet’s burial well before this service is needed. Though it can be difficult to think about the eventual loss of your pet, you may gain some peace of mind knowing that you’ve created a fitting final tribute to your beloved furry friend.

Explore Your Burial Options

Burial is just one option for your pet. You may choose cremation, which will allow you to keep your pet’s remains in an urn to display in your home or scatter the remains in nature. If you do select burial services, you should explore your options for burial plots, caskets, and other essential details.

Determine Your Budget

Pre-planning burial services can fit into any budget, as there are options ranging from modest to ornate. You should determine a budget that you are comfortable with, and you can work with a funeral planner to design a burial that fits your vision within this budget.

Tour the Cemetery Facilities

It is important to take a tour of the cemetery facilities before making a final decision about your pet’s burial. You want to select a plot that is in an area where you can peacefully reflect when you visit your pet’s burial site, and you should tour the grounds to see all amenities available.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we understand that the loss of a pet is incredibly difficult, so we will provide the compassionate and helpful services you need, whether you are planning ahead or making last-minute arrangements. To learn more about us, visit our website or give us a call at (682) 587-2324.

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Ways to Help Prepare Your Kids for Pet Euthanasia

Choosing to euthanize a pet is not a decision that is easy to make, and it can be even more painful when you must tell your children that the family pet is going to be euthanized. It is, however, likely the most compassionate choice you can make for your pet, and there are some ways to help your child cope as you deal with the loss yourself. Keep reading for some tips on talking to your child before your pet is put to sleep so that he or she is better prepared for the loss.

Help Your Child Understand that Your Pet Is Ill and Suffering
Using age-appropriate language for your child, you should explain that the family pet is ill and in pain, and euthanasia is a way to end that. Your pet may be less active or more frail in appearance, so your child may be able to easily see how it is time to let the family pet go as you explain what’s going on.

Discuss Your Feelings Openly
Your child will naturally be sad or upset when you break the news, and it’s important to encourage healthy ways of coping with those feelings. Let your child see that you are also sad and discuss the ways that are appropriate for handling that grief. Allowing more time to grieve openly as a family can make it easier to say goodbye to your pet.

Reflect on Positive Memories of Your Family Pet
As your pet’s life comes to an end, it can be helpful for you and your child to spend time looking at photos and telling stories about the family pet. You might even have one last photo shoot with your four-legged friend to create one more positive memory.

Not only can Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory provide you with the services you need to say goodbye to your pet, but we also offer support for loss of a pet in Dallas. For more information about pet burial and cremation, call us anytime at (682) 587-2324.

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Reasons to Consider Laying Your Cat to Rest in a Pet Cemetery

Your pet cat may have been part of your life for nearly two decades, so you likely consider your feline friend a member of the family. When your cat passes away, you may not be sure of the most appropriate way to lay him to rest. Burial in a pet cemetery can be an excellent option because it will give you a peaceful and beautiful place to go to when you are fondly remembering your beloved pet.

Choosing a pet cemetery also has a number of other benefits, such as all-inclusive services, including pick-up, funeral services, and the burial itself. You can fit your burial service into any budget, and you can rest assured that your pet’s resting place will have lifetime perpetual care, so it will remain a peaceful and sound location for you and your family to visit.

For more information about pet burial in Arlington and Fort Worth, connect with Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory. You can visit us online or call (682) 587-2324 to speak with a member of our caring staff.

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Why You Shouldn't Ignore Your Dog's Dental Health

As a pet owner, you probably want to do everything you can to keep your dog happy and healthy. Unfortunately, many dog owners neglect one key area of their pets’ health: their oral hygiene.

Just like people, dogs can accumulate plaque and tartar on the teeth, which will lead to painful tooth decay, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss. As this short video explains, these issues can lead to further health issues that may become life-threatening. Caring for your dog’s teeth with brushing at home and visits to the vet’s office for professional cleanings will help to ensure that your dog lives a longer life without the pain of dental problems.

When it is time to say goodbye to your canine companion, look to Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory in Dallas. We offer pet burial, cremation, and funeral services in the greater DFW area, so contact us today at (682) 587-2324.

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Tips for Planning Your Pet's Burial as a Family

Losing a pet is devastating for your entire family. Working together to plan your pet’s burial can be cathartic. When you plan your pet’s burial together, everyone will have an opportunity to say goodbye and pay tribute in his or her own way. These tips will help you work together to decide how to bury your pet.

Discuss Burial and Cremation

Although pet burial is a good option for many families, you may also wish to consider cremation. There are a number of different factors to keep in mind as you make your choice, from your budget to the importance of having a specific burial space and marker you can visit at a pet cemetery. Younger children may not be able to understand these options, but teens may wish to be included in the decision making process.

Choose a Casket and Headstone

Typically, your pet cemetery will have a variety of options for caskets that you can choose from, including a number of sizes, colors, and design materials. Caskets are also available in a range of prices to suit different budgets. Personalized headstones are also available in a variety of colors, sizes, and designs. The entire family can work together to design a headstone that can serve as a tribute to your pet and the time you shared together.

Consider Pet Memorabilia

There are a number of memorabilia options you can choose to keep your pet close. You can opt for jewelry that has your pet’s paw print or custom paw print plates to display at home. Paw print memento chests are the perfect place to store beloved photos of your pet and toys or collars you wish to keep. Work as a family to choose memorabilia that is meaningful to you all, or allow each person to choose a memento that has personal meaning.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can help your family make these important decisions about pet burial in Dallas, Texas. After the loss of a pet, contact us by calling (682) 587-2324.
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Strategies for Coping with the Sudden Loss of a Pet

There is no good way to experience the loss of a pet, but having to say goodbye to a pet unexpectedly can be particularly difficult. The profound impacts of a pet death can creep into every part of your life, but there are strategies you can use to cope during this difficult time. Here are some tips that may help you process the pain you’re feeling and move forward in the grieving process.

Let Go of Guilt

When something as surprising as an unexpected death occurs, your brain will try to make sense of the experience by assigning a reason to it. This reasoning may leave you carrying guilt about what has happened to your pet. For instance, if your pet escaped through an open door and was hit by a car, you may feel guilty about failing to adequately close the door. Guilt is not a helpful emotion and will interfere with your healing. Remember that nothing that anyone in your family did that may have inadvertently contributed to the situation was intentional, and let go of the need to rationalize it by assigning guilt.

Find Distractions

When you’re grieving your pet, it’s natural to want to isolate yourself and focus on your loss. Although you may not feel like it, you should make time for some distractions. Visiting a friend, watching a TV show you enjoy, or taking a walk can all be welcome distractions from your grieving. Doing so doesn’t mean that you’ve stopped grieving or are over your loss. It simply gives your body a necessary break so you have the energy to cope with your feelings.

Go Slowly

There’s no need to rush the grieving process. Take your feelings one day at a time, and don’t pressure yourself to have a timetable to feel better. You will heal with every moment that passes, but you can’t skip any steps.

As animal lovers, we understand the intense grief families feel after losing a pet at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory. Our compassionate team is here to help you make the unexpected decisions you’re facing, from pet burial and cremation to memorial options. To contact us about your pet’s funeral in Arlington, Texas, please call (682) 587-2324.

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Honoring Your Canine with Pet Memorialization Jewelry

After the loss of a beloved canine companion, finding an appropriate pet memorial can provide comfort and give you a special way to honor your relationship. One such memorial option is jewelry. There is a wide selection of pet memorial jewelry, including some pieces that can carry ashes after pet cremation.

Our memorial jewelry selection includes a variety of pendants, rings, bracelets, lockets, and key chains. If you have chosen pet cremation, urn jewelry can allow you to carry your pet’s ashes with you. We can also digitally engrave your pet’s nose or paw print onto the jewelry or use a picture of your pet to create a piece.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we understand the difficulties associated with the loss of a pet, and our pet cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas is here to help with all stages of saying goodbye. Whether you need our services now or wish to discuss pre-need services for your pet, please call us at (682) 587-2324.
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Is your cat a healthy weight?

As with humans, excess weight can be an extreme health risk for cats and can lead to premature pet deaths. This video provides tips on ensuring your cat’s weight is healthy.

When at a healthy weight, you will be able to feel your cat’s ribs easily, but they will not be visible. You should also be able to see a defined waist when looking down at your pet while standing above her, and from the side, you should see an inward abdominal curvature. If you can’t feel the ribs or if the abdominal area protrudes, then your cat could be overweight.

After the loss of a pet, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can assist you with making important decisions about pet burials, pet memorials, and more. For answers to your questions, contact our pet cemetery in Dallas today by calling (682) 587-2324.

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Ways to Promote the Long-Term Health of Your Canine Companion

Part of being a dog parent means one day saying goodbye and making final arrangements for pet burial or cremation. Of course, all dog families want to keep their canine companions around as much as possible, and that means investing in her long-term health. Try these tips for protecting the health of your pup, so she can enjoy a long, healthy, and happy life.

Keep an Eye on Your Dog’s Diet

Just as with humans, dogs’ diets can have an enormous effect on their health. Talk to your veterinarian about which foods are best for your dog, and remember to make dietary adjustments at different stages in your dog’s life, as her needs change. Resist the urge to feed your dog from your plate. Not only are some foods that humans regularly enjoy unsafe for dogs to eat, but human food is also too highly caloric for dogs. It’s also important to limit treats so that your dog can maintain a healthy weight.

See The Veterinarian Regularly

Your dog needs to have regular checkups with the veterinarian. These wellness exams allow your vet to identify any potential health problems in your dog in early stages, so that treatment is easier and more effective. During these appointments, your vet will also educate you about specific health risks your pet has from obesity, dental disease, and other potential issues, so you can take the appropriate steps to protect your pup.

Get Active Together

Being active is good for you and your dog. Go for walks together, jog around the park, and get plenty of playtime in at home. These activities improve your dog’s physical and mental health, and they also help with behavior. Enjoy your time together, and you’ll both experience health benefits.

When the end does come for your dog, let Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory help you with the details. We provide pet cremation and pet burial in Dallas that is tailored to your preferences and budget. Contact us at (682) 587-2324 to find out more about our services.

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