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    Recognizing the Signs of Serious Illness in Your Dog

    Last updated 1 day 16 hours ago

    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.

    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 (682) 587-2324.

    What Is Included in Our Burial Services?

    Last updated 14 days ago

    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 (682) 587-2324.

    How to Help a Grieving Pet

    Last updated 21 days ago

    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.

    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 (682) 587-2324.

    When Should You Consider Hospice Care for Your Pet?

    Last updated 29 days ago

    When pets struggle with a medical condition, pet parents often find themselves wondering if euthanasia is the only option. However, not every medical condition is painful and debilitating enough to warrant euthanasia. Once pain is controlled, a terminal diagnosis can usually be managed with hospice care. While choosing hospice care can be difficult for pet parents, it provides a unique opportunity for them to spend time with and say goodbye to their pets. Watch this video clip to learn more about hospice care and to find out if it’s right for your pet.

    After you have said your final goodbye to your pet, turn to Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory for help with final arrangements. We are a family-owned and operated pet cemetery in Fort Worth with a passion for helping pets and families. Call us at (682) 587-2324 or visit our website for more information.

    Advice for Seniors Facing the Loss of a Pet

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Seniors facing the loss of a pet will probably experience a process of grief. At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, a pet cemetery in Fort Worth, we understand that the experiences and timespan of this process are unique to each person. As you face the loss of a pet, keep the following tips in mind for grieving and finding new meaning in your life. 

    Understand the Grieving Process
    The first thing to remember is that everyone grieves differently. Grief often occurs in stages, and may include feelings of denial, guilt, anger, and depression. Many people eventually reach a level of acceptance, but some do not. The lows may be more intense at the beginning and then become less intense as time goes on. But even years after a loss, you may find that certain sights, sounds, and dates spark memories that trigger grief.

    Don’t Let Others Debase Your Loss
    You may find some family and friends saying that the loss of a pet shouldn’t hurt as much as the loss of a human, or that it is inappropriate to grieve for the loss of an animal. These people do not understand because they either don’t have a pet of their own or cannot appreciate the level of companionship and love provided by a pet. If this is the case, you may find that the best support for your grief will come from outside of your typical circle of family and friends. You may even want to attend a pet loss support group or call a pet loss hotline.

    Maintain a Routine
    Routines can help ground you after a loss. It can also be ideal to integrate exercise into your routine if your doctor recommends it. Exercising will boost your vitality and help you connect with others. Taking a walk to a nearby park can also give you a chance to interact with other people’s pets, which can be soothing after your loss.

    For seniors facing the loss of a pet, it can also be very helpful to have a pet funeral or memorial ceremony. At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory of Fort Worth, we offer a variety of pet burial and cremation options. Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (682) 587-2324.




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