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    How to Cope with a Terminally Ill Pet

    Last updated 2 days 9 hours ago

    When you find out that your beloved pet is terminally ill, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. However, for the comfort of your pet, it’s important to face the diagnosis and have a plan in place for end-of-life care and pet burial or cremation. Continue reading to learn about a few things you can do to help her during this time.

    Prepare Your Home
    When your pet is ill, she may not be able to navigate your home as easily as before. Make sure she has easy access to things like food and water. Your pet may no longer be able to hop on chairs next to you, so build her comfortable resting spots with plenty of cushioning to reduce the chances of pressure sores. Surrounding your pet with familiar things, like favorite toys and blankets, will help make her feel secure.

    Ask for Medical Advice
    Talk to your vet about methods for controlling pain and what symptoms you should expect to see. You may also want to ask your vet to describe symptoms of pain so you know when your pet is hurting. Have a plan for dealing with pain and other issues that may arise, like reluctance to eat and incontinence. Be sure you understand your options for euthanasia and the signs that it could be time to consider this option for your pet.

    Plan for Your Pet’s Passing
    Losing a pet is never easy. For many pet owners, making decisions about what will happen after a pet passes before that day actually comes is easier than making decisions while under stress from the loss. Consider if pet burial or cremation is the right choice for you, and determine where you will have those tasks performed. Giving your pet the right kind of memorial will give you comfort in the days after she passes.

    Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory in DFW is here to explain your pet burial and cremation options and help you make the right choices for your furry friend. Call (682) 587-2324 to learn about our pre-need services and how pet burial and cremation works. 

    What Are the Most Challenging Parts of Grieving a Pet?

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Losing a pet is a devastating experience. If you’re overcome with grief at the loss of your pet, take comfort in knowing that your feelings are normal. This video examines the challenges of coping with a lost pet.

    For many pet owners, there are two parts of grieving that are the most challenging: loneliness and guilt. Pets are often so much a part of their owners’ lives that their absence reverberates loudly. If your grief becomes overwhelming, seek help from a counselor.

    At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we can help you choose the right memorial for your pet so you can find comfort in your final goodbye. Learn more about our pet burial and cremation services by calling (682) 587-2324. 

    Signs Your Pet Is Mourning the Loss of a Companion

    Last updated 13 days ago

    When you lose a pet, it’s not only the human members of your family who mourn. Four-legged family members also feel the absence of a lost pet, and they often mourn their missing companion. If your remaining pet shows prolonged signs of grief, consult with your vet for tips to help him overcome it. Here are some signs which indicate your pet is in mourning:

    Lost Appetite
    After the loss of a companion, animals may become reluctant to eat. Your pet may eventually get his appetite back with time. However, if the loss of appetite is persistent, offer treats and favorite foods to coax him back to the food dish. Ask your vet for help with prolonged periods of lost appetite. Changing foods or offering rewards after your pet eats could convince him to start eating again.

    Lethargy
    Many pets sleep more than normal after losing a companion. They also may become less interested in normal activities, like taking a walk or playing with toys. This lethargy can include a reluctance to get up and interact with you. Try to get your pet up and active as much as possible. Insist on walks, even if they are short ones, and engage your pet in play as much as you can. Sometimes, animals experience prolonged depression, much like humans. Your vet can recommend behavioral tricks and even medications to help your pet recover.

    Clinginess
    After one pet is gone, your remaining pet may become clingier. He may crave more attention and love from you, and may follow you around the home much more than he used to. Give your pet the love he is craving as he copes with his grief. Resist the urge to become frustrated by the interruptions—your pet is looking to you for reassurance.

    Pets are family, and at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we understand that. At our DFW pet cemetery, we provide a range of burial, cremation, and memorial options so you can find the perfect way to remember your beloved pet. Find out how we can help you by calling us at (682) 587-2324. 

    What Are Your Pet Casket Options?

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Selecting a casket is an important part of the pet burial process. At Faithful Friends, we provide a variety of casket options, so you can find the perfect resting place for your beloved pet at a price that fits into your budget. Our caring staff can walk you through the choices and help you make the right choice for your pet.

    We offer fiberglass and wood grain pet caskets. In our fiberglass collection, we have shell, single-walled, and double-walled choices. The fiberglass shells are available in a standard rectangular shape and an 18-inch octagon shape.  Our double-walled fiberglass caskets come with a liner and pillow. Our wood grain caskets are available in white and oak. We also offer a vault-style casket with a velvet liner.

    To pre-plan for the loss of your pet or to make arrangements for pet burial or cremation, contact Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory. We’re here to support you at every stage of the process as you plan your final farewell to your pet. Call our DFW pet cremation service at (682) 587-2324 or visit our website for more information.

    How to Support a Friend Who Lost a Pet

    Last updated 29 days ago

    When a friend loses a pet, it’s not always easy to know how to offer support. People who have pets themselves may not know the right words, while other people who don’t have animals may struggle to understand the scope of the loss. Whatever camp you fall into, there are some simple things you can do to help your friend through pet burial or cremation and the mourning process. Here are some tips for being there for a friend coping with the death of a pet. 

    Acknowledge the Grief
    People grieving the loss of animals are sometimes hesitant about sharing the intensity of their sadness because they are afraid other people won’t understand. Let your friend know that you know that he or she is in mourning. Don’t shy away from specifically asking your friend what he or she needs from you. Your friend may want to talk about the loss, or he or she may prefer that you help him or her get back to a normal routine.

    Avoid Trivializing the Loss
    There are few things more painful for people dealing with the loss of a pet than to have someone say, “It was just an animal!” Many people consider pets to be members of their families, and most people who have lost a pet have lost a constant companion that they loved dearly. Even if the depth of the grief may be difficult for you to understand, remember that trivializing the loss to your friend will only cause more distress.

    Don’t Suggest Replacing the Pet With a New Animal
    Many people who have lost their pets go on to get new animals, but a new pet isn’t intended to be a replacement for the one that was lost. Instead, getting new pets is about building new relationships. By suggesting a replacement, you’re undermining the relationship your friend had with his or her pet.

    At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we understand your grief after the loss of a pet. Rely on our compassionate help as you make decisions about pet cremation and pet burial. Call our DFW pet cemetery today at (682) 587-2324 for more information. 




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