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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.

When Should You Consider Welcoming a New Pet into Your Family?

The death of a beloved pet can cause significant heartache, and in some cases, families may be understandably tempted to adopt another animal as soon as possible. However, healthy grieving typically entails a mourning period during which each family member can work through his or her feelings. If you have recently suffered the loss of a pet, consider the following suggestions regarding when it might be time to add a new furry friend to your household.

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Consult Each Family Member
The mourning process is different for each person who experiences it. Some individuals may come to a place of peace and acceptance in just a few months, while others continue to grieve for a year or more. Before moving forward with bringing a new pet into your home, consider the emotional state of your spouse and children. Have a candid conversation asking each family member to assess how he or she has healed from the loss. Only when each person can confidently say that he or she is ready will it be time to consider bringing a new pet into your family.

Consider the Needs of a New Pet
If the pet you recently lost lived to an older age, it may be difficult to remember the demands of having a young puppy or kitten. When talking about adding a new pet to your household, discuss the type of pet that is right for your family. For instance, a puppy requires a significant amount of attention, as it has much energy and much to learn. A large dog may also necessitate longer and more frequent walks in comparison to smaller breeds. However, getting the same type of pet may lead to comparisons with the passed pet. Each of these concerns should be considered and addressed to ensure that you get a pet that is well suited to your family.

With Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory by your side, you do not have to go through the grieving process alone. Our caring associates can help you choose the pet burial or pet cremation services that are right for your family. To schedule an appointment, call our Dallas-Fort Worth location at (682) 587-2324.

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What Is the Right Way to Explain Pet Loss to a Child?

The death of a pet can be an emotionally trying time for children. This video offers tips on how to tell your child about a pet’s passing.

A child too young to understand death may need to be told that the pet is broken. Keep in mind that phrases such as “went to sleep” or “went away” could be confusing for a small child, as those same terms may be used to describe the behavior of other family members. Though older children may know what death means, they may still need reassurance that it is okay to express their grief.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory offers pet burial services for families in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. Call (817) 478-6696 to speak with one of our compassionate associates about your pet cremation or burial needs.

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Steps to Take If Your Pet Passes Away at Home

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The death of a pet can sometimes be an unexpected event. Though some pets may have terminal illnesses that allow for planned end-of-life care, death can also come with no evident warning signs. If your pet passes away in your home, it is important to how to handle this particularly challenging situation.

Contact Your Veterinarian
In many cases, the first step is making a call to your veterinarian. If your pet passes during the middle of a weekday, chances are your veterinarian can take your pet’s body and hold it at the animal hospital until you make arrangements for pet cremation or pet burial. Should your pet pass away in the middle of the night or during the weekend, check to see if your veterinarian has an extended-hours phone number through which you can reach him or her.

Look After the Body
You may need to keep the body of your pet at your home for several hours until you can bring it to the animal hospital or have it picked up. During this time, it is important that you secure the body in a cool location, such as a refrigerator or freezer. This step can help to preserve the body for burial or cremation. If this is not an option, place the body on a cool floor or in an air-conditioned room.

Consult a Pet Burial Representative
No pet owner wants to consider the day when his or her furry friend will pass away. However, a pet burial representative can make this challenging time a smooth and peaceful process. If you make pre-need arrangements for your pet’s cremation or burial, a pet burial expert can immediately step in to facilitate your wishes. Even if you have yet to plan for your pet’s passing, upon his or her death, you can reach out to a pet burial associate for assistance with attending to the final resting place.

With the help of Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, your pet can receive the final care and honor that he or she so much deserves. To learn more about our pet burial and pet cremation options for Dallas-Fort Worth residents, call (817) 478-6696. You can also visit our website to learn about our pre-need services.

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Is Your Cat Grieving?

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Sadness, anger, and loneliness are all natural responses to the death of a beloved pet. What some pet owners may not realize, though, is that their surviving pets might also go through the grieving process after the loss of another pet.

If you have recently lost a four-legged family member, you may find that your cat exhibits new behaviors or emotions. No matter the age of your cat or the amount of time he spent with the lost animal, he will be able to discern that a change has taken place. His reaction may stem from your grief or his own feelings of loss. Cats can show their grief in a number of ways. Some might search for the deceased pet, while others might withdraw or become overly aggressive. To help your pet get through the grieving process, spend quality time with him, but be sure to give him space if he seems to want to be left alone.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory understands the strong bond that pets and their owners can have with other animals. Our Forth Worth pet cemetery offers emotional support for grieving owners. Call us today at (817) 478-6696 to speak with one of our compassionate associates about your needs.

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Getting to Know Your Kibble: Pet Food 101

Wet food, dry food, raw food, and even homemade food—there are so many options for feeding pets these days, you may find it difficult to select the right option for you and your pet. Each type of pet food available today offers its own pros and cons, so it’s important to evaluate the different options and consult your veterinarian to determine which one is best for your pet’s health. This infographic from Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, a pet cemetery in Fort Worth that provides compassionate burial and cremation services, offers additional information about the different types of pet food. Please feel free to share this infographic with friends, family, and fellow pet lovers.

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Debunking Myths about Pet Loss

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Pet loss is an inevitable part of the human-animal relationship, and can bring on significant emotions that may take some pet owners by surprise. Grief can develop from the loss of any substantial relationship, no matter if the bond was with a person or a pet. However, some pet owners may feel conflicted about the intensity of their feelings because of the many myths that surround pet loss. By understanding the truth behind these misconceptions, pet owners may have an easier time getting through the grieving process.

Myth: Pets Are Replaceable
Every pet is a distinct animal with her own particular characteristics and personality. That is why no pet is ever replaceable. Some pet owners may mistakenly believe that they can bypass the mourning process by immediately purchasing or adopting another animal that looks just like their previous pet. However, trying to do so may only make coming to terms with the death of a loved pet all the more difficult for grieving owners.

Myth: Mourning a Lost Pet Is Strange
The bond that a pet owner establishes and nurtures during the time that he raises and cares for his pet can lead to strong emotions. In fact, many individuals may think of the relationships they have with their pets as stronger and healthier than those they have with other people. Despite this, a common misconception persists that mourning this important relationship is somehow silly or selfish. On the contrary, the grieving process for an animal is just as valid as that for any human friend or family member.

Myth: Activity Will Lessen Grief for a Lost Pet
Grief is an uncomfortable emotion, and some people may try to distract themselves from it by becoming more involved with their job responsibilities or social engagements. Though some feelings can be painful to experience at times, grief is a normal reaction to loss and no amount of activity can hasten the mourning process. Pet owners should give themselves time and space to properly grieve the pet that they so dearly loved.

Are you grieving the recent loss of a pet? Let Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory help you through this difficult time. You can reach our pet cemetery in Fort Worth at (817) 478-6696 to learn more about our pet burial and cremation services. 

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How to Involve Your Kids in Decisions about Getting a New Pet

Determining if the time is right for a new pet depends on several factors, especially if your family has recently experienced the loss of a pet. If you do decide to get a new pet, making your kids part of the process can prove beneficial for the entire family.

This video talks about how to include your children in the pet selection process. Parents should keep in mind that trying to ease their children’s pain with a new animal too soon may deny them the chance to properly mourn. When the time is right, parents should let their children be part of the research process and heed their input about the right type of pet to get.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory offers pet burial options for families in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth region. For more information, call us at (817) 478-6696.

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Recognizing the Signs of Serious Illness in Your Dog

Dogs are like humans in many ways. They can exhibit different emotions and are vulnerable to the occasional bug or injury. For these reasons, it might be difficult to distinguish between a normal mood swing or minor problem and a more serious illness. If any of the following warning signs develop in your dog, it might point to a potentially life-threatening condition.

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Recurrent Cough
When a dog coughs, it can be a sign of a minor infection, but it can also indicate a critical pulmonary problem. Heartworm disease, which progressively damages the respiratory system, can present this symptom. An undiagnosed heart issue might also make your dog cough because his body is not getting enough oxygenated blood.

Gastrointestinal Distress
Dogs often explore their surroundings with their mouths and are prone to eating items not meant for consumption. As a result, they might throw up what they ate or experience diarrhea because of it. However, if your dog suffers recurrent bouts of vomiting or diarrhea, you may need to seek professional help. These issues can stem from both illnesses and injuries that affect the gastrointestinal system.

Refusal to Eat
If your pet has once or twice swiped a piece of meat from your dinner plate, he might grow complacent with his own meals. This could lead to a stubborn stance against eating the dog food you provide for him. Once he gets hungry enough, though, he will likely acquiesce and clean out his bowl. However, if your dog goes more than a day or two without eating his food, you may want to talk to a veterinarian about your concern. The refusal to eat may stem from illness, injury, or anxiety.

Planning for the future now can help prevent stress for you and your family. That is why Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory in Fort Worth offers pre-need services. For more information, please call (817) 478-6696.

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What Is Included in Our Burial Services?

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At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory of Fort Worth, we understand how difficult it can be to say goodbye to a pet. This is why we offer a wide variety of burial options for pet families. First, you will select a burial site where you would like to lay your pet to rest. Once you have chosen a section of our memorial park for the burial site, we will help you choose a type of casket and memorial marker for your pet. Faithful Friends offers a wide variety of caskets, memorial markers, and vaults for ground burial in many different styles, sizes, and prices. We also offer you the option of cremating your pet and leaving his or her cremains at a mausoleum niche in our cemetery. All of our ground burial options include lifetime perpetual care.

To learn more about your pet burial options at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, visit our website. There, you will be able to view the different urn and casket options. For more information, please call us at (817) 478-6696.

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How to Help a Grieving Pet

As many pet parents can attest, pets can be very similar to people. Pets, just like humans, mourn the loss of their loved ones. If your pet is grieving the loss of a pet or a person, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory in Fort Worth would like to offer these tips to help you help your grieving pet.

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Look for Signs of Grief
Just as people grieve differently, pets grieve differently. Some are likely to show physical signs of sadness, while others may start to exhibit a negative attitude. Some may not show any sign of emotional grief at all. In any case, keep a close eye on your pet and his or her unique grieving process. This will help you as you determine the best way to support your pet through tough times.

Watch for Depression
After the loss of a family member, look for signs of depression in your pet. It may manifest as a loss of appetite, reduced water intake, slow response to humans and other pets, or a loss of interest in playing and other activities. In some cases, you may hear your pet make mournful noises. The symptoms of depression can last weeks or months, so it’s best to visit your veterinarian to learn about the best course of action.

Be Active With Your Pet
Adding a short walk or play routine can be very helpful for grieving pets. If your pet is depressed, his or her serotonin levels will be low. Exercising and playing can help restore serotonin levels to their pre-grief state.

As a family-owned and operated pet cemetery in Fort Worth, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory cares about you and your pet. To learn about the burial services and cremation services we offer at our cemetery, visit our website. If you have any questions, please call us at (817) 478-6696.

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