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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.

How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver on Dogs

Dogs can easily choke on food or other household items while they are eating. So, it is important to be ready to act if your dog is in need. You may know how to do the Heimlich Maneuver on humans, but do you know how act if your dog starts choking?

If your dog starts to choke on something in your home, make sure you are prepared to care for him. You can pick up some techniques for properly performing the Heimlich Maneuver on your dog by watching this video.

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Choosing Cremation for Your Pet

Pet cremation and burial are both respectful, dignified ways of saying goodbye to your pet. Many bereaved pet parents choose cremation because they want to keep the ashes of their beloved animals close to them, although the burial of ashes is also an option.

If you select cremation for your beloved companion, you’ll be asked if you prefer communal or private pet cremation. Communal cremation means that several pets are cremated together and buried in a communal grave. Private cremation means that each cremation is done individually. You will receive the cremains in an urn to keep in your home or to scatter if you prefer.

The loss of a pet is a devastating event and Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory extends our heartfelt condolences to your family. When it’s time to arrange a pet funeral in Fort Worth, Texas, please call us at (682) 587-2324 and let us know how we can assist you.

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How Families Can Support Each Other After the Loss of a Pet

Grief brings different experiences for each individual. After the loss of a pet, it’s not uncommon to experience numbness, disbelief, shock, anger, and sorrow. A pet death can affect family members in different ways, especially since it’s not unusual for one family member to have had the closest bond with the pet. During this difficult time, families can come together to offer support and reassurance.

Respect the Need for Silence

It’s often thought that reassurances must be verbalized during a time of grief, but speaking and listening may be too painful for some family members after a pet death. Sit in silence with your loved one and offer a comforting hug. A loving touch may be all that’s needed to show your support.

Talk When the Time Is Right

As time passes, your family may be willing to talk about your beloved companion. Some individuals may repeatedly express disbelief and may blame themselves for the death. Know that your words might not convince them otherwise, but will still be welcome. You should freely express your own reactions to the loss when the time is right.

Explain Death to Children

Young children do not yet understand the permanence of death, but your family should still avoid telling young children that the pet simply ran away. However a pet leaves a family, children feel the sharp pain of loss. Helping children to understand the finality of death allows them to grieve in a natural way, without holding on to false hope. Keep your explanations simple and avoid using euphemisms. For example, telling a child that the pet was put to sleep may make the child fearful of going to bed.

After the loss of a pet, families near Arlington, Texas can turn to Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory. We provide respectful pet cremation and burial services to lay your companion to rest after a life well lived. Call (682) 587-2324 to speak with a compassionate and understanding staff member.

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Pet Mourning Is Real: Why You Should Let Yourself Grieve for Your Pet

When a human family member dies, the bereaved family often receives an outpouring of condolences and demonstrations of social support. This is as it should be, but unfortunately, the same social support is often lacking for bereaved pet parents. A pet death is always a tragic occurrence from which many people have difficulty moving forward. After the loss of your companion, you should give yourself the time you need to feel your grief.

Pets are family members.

The bond between a pet parent and a companion animal is unlike any other. Pets are much like children in that they rely on their human families to meet their every need. In return, they provide unconditional love that lifts the spirits and brightens the darkest of days. Your animal was a non-judgmental listener who was always there for you. You could count on your pet to provide a furry, scaly, or feathery hug when you needed it most. And now that your beloved animal is gone, you need to let yourself grieve. The gradual healing process can only progress when grief is allowed to naturally develop.

No two pets are alike.

Every pet parent makes his or her own choice regarding whether to adopt another pet or not. Even if you do adopt the same species and breed of pet, you should not feel guilty for trying to “replace” your lost companion simply because no animal is replaceable. Every pet has a unique personality to be cherished. If the time is right to adopt again, reassure yourself that giving another needy pet a loving home is what your lost companion would have wanted you to do.

When a pet death has left you heartbroken, you can find a way to say goodbye with the compassionate assistance of Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory. We understand the depth of grief that pet parents experience and we’d like to help your family during this difficult time. Call our pet cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas at (682) 587-2324 to inquire about respectful funeral services and pet memorials.

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Surprising Foods that can be Toxic for Your Pets

You can probably name several foods that are poisonous for your pets, like chocolate or onions, but there are many more items in your pantry and refrigerator that can cause animals serious problems. Here’s a list of some of the more surprising human foods you should never give your pet.

Nuts

Nuts like almonds, pecans, and walnuts can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even pancreatitis in pets due to the high amount of oils and fats they contain. Macadamia nuts can cause the same symptoms plus weakness, depression, tremors, and hyperthermia. Peanuts are technically legumes, not nuts, so peanut butter is still a safe treat for your dog!

Grapes & Raisins

It is currently unknown why grapes and raisins are toxic to pets, but the effects can be fatal. Avoid feeding these fruits to your pets, because they are known to lead to kidney failure in dogs.

Citrus & Coconut

Citrus fruits contain citric acid, which can cause irritation and even central nervous system depression if eaten in large amounts. Coconut contains oils that can cause stomach upset and loose stools. Citrus and coconut don’t typically hurt animals when given in small amounts, but you should exercise caution if you decide to let your pets eat them.

Yeast Dough

Yeast dough can continue to rise inside your pet’s digestive system, which leads to painful bloating and potentially twisting of the stomach, which is a life threatening emergency. Yeast also produces ethanol, a type of alcohol, which can give your pet the effects of drunkenness.

Dairy

Most animals have very little lactase, the enzyme that helps digest milk, so dairy products can cause diarrhea and other digestive upset.

Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs, & Bones

Raw and undercooked meat and eggs are dangerous to pets for the same reason they are to humans-they contain harmful bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli. Despite the common association, raw bones are not good for dogs. They can choke on them or have them splinter and puncture the digestive tract.

Salt

Too much salt consumption can lead to excessive thirst and urination, and even sodium ion poisoning in pets. Effects of too much salt include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, fever, seizures, and even death. Avoid giving pets salty snacks like potato chips and pretzels.

If you have recently lost a pet in the DFW area, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is here to support you. We can help with everything from urns to funeral planning. You can visit us online or call us at (817) 779-3222 to learn more.

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Common Holiday Dangers for Your Pet

Some of the very things that bring holiday cheer can cause emergency health crises for your pet that could end in pricy veterinary services and, unfortunately, pet deaths. Protect your pet this holiday season by paying attention to common pet holiday dangers.

Learn about holiday dangers for your pet in this video. Chocolate toxicity is extremely common during the holidays, as is poisoning caused by common holiday plants. Sometimes, the toys you give your pet during the holidays can even become dangerous if they are swallowed.

When pet deaths do occur, whatever the time of year, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can provide the support you need, with everything from pet urns to pet funeral planning in Dallas, Texas. Learn more by calling us at (682) 587-2324.

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What to Expect When You Visit the Pet Cemetery

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory provides complete pet funeral, burial, and cremation services for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Families who choose our pet cemetery come time and again to visit their pets in the tranquil setting of our pet cemetery.

The pet cemetery is designed like a park and boasts oak trees and carefully manicured grounds. Pet memorials are set in place much like any cemetery, with burial plots and a mausoleum for pet urns. Families are welcome to visit their pets any time and bring flowers, toys, and other mementos to leave by their memorial stones. In addition to our cemetery grounds, families also get access to the full support of our compassionate team, who can help with pet funeral planning and explain important things like the cost of pet cremation and what to expect when you choose pet burial.

Losing a pet is difficult, but Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is here to help you through this trying process. Find out why families have been calling us after pet deaths in Dallas since 1996 by calling (682) 587-2324.

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A Brief Look at the History of Pet Cemeteries

Companion animals have long played important roles in the lives of their human families, so it is not surprising that pet funerals and pet cemeteries have a long history. Today, pet cemeteries continue to be places where families can come to pay their respects to the loving animals they have lost. Here is a look at the history of these cemeteries and how they have become the places that pet families use today.

Egyptian Pet Burials

In ancient Egypt, it was common for pets to be mummified and buried with their human companions, especially in the aristocratic class. Although some people assume that pets were killed when their owners died so that they could be buried together later, it was also common for animals to be buried alongside their owners later after dying naturally. Pets are found buried with their human counterparts throughout the Valley of the Kings, and one of the most popular sites in Egypt is the Saqqara Pet Cemetery, where animals who were worshipped are buried.

19th-Century Popularity

Pet cemeteries grew in popularity in the late 19 th-century, when some of the world’s best-known pet burial sites were created. Many of these were born out of necessity, as cities adopted ordinances governing the disposal of pet remains and restricting how closely pets can be buried to areas in which humans live. However, they quickly grew from being necessities to being cherished places families could lay their treasured pets to rest.

Hartsdale Pet Cemetery

Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in New York is the oldest pet cemetery in the U.S. Dr. Samuel Johnson, a veterinarian, opened the cemetery in 1896, and since then, the cemetery has become the final resting place for 80,000 pets and some pet owners. There are now over 600 pet cemeteries across the country to help pet families give their lost pets a fitting tribute.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, it is our honor to help families say goodbye to their beloved pets with a range of services, including pet memorials and pet cremation in Fort Worth, Texas. We’re here to answer your questions about everything from pet urns to the cost of burial and cremation at (682) 587-2324.

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Facing Your First Holiday Without Your Pet

Holidays can always be painful after losing a loved one, whether you lost a human family member or a pet. Pet deaths can and do affect people deeply, and your first holiday without your animal can be a particularly emotional time. Fortunately, you can get through the season and can reach the point where your treasured memories bring you comfort instead of grief. As the holidays come around after you have said goodbye to your pet, keep this advice in mind.

Give Yourself Permission to Grieve

Grief is a natural, normal emotion, not something you should feel guilty about experiencing. Even if some people around you may not understand the degree of mourning people experience when they lose a pet, give yourself permission to feel your grief instead trying to push it aside. Pressuring yourself to ignore your grief or to pretend you’re not feeling it when you’re around family and friends will only make it harder to ultimately process. Acknowledge how you’re feeling, and don’t apologize for it.

Follow Your Feelings

You may find that you’re less interested in doing some of your usual holiday traditions this year or that you are becoming anxious or annoyed more easily than normal. These feelings are natural for people coping with pet deaths. If you’re not up to hosting your annual holiday party, for instance, it is fine to skip it this year while you are in mourning. Take the space and time you need to heal in a way that feels right to you.

Ask for Help

There are many resources available for people who are grieving the loss of a pet. The pet cemetery you chose for your pet may be able to recommend grief support groups in your area. Turn to family and friends and specific about how they can support you. Many loved ones may wish to help you as you face the holidays but are unsure how to begin.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can support you as you make decisions about your pet funeral, pet memorial, and burial versus cremation. After the loss of a pet in Arlington, Texas, call us for help at (682) 587-2324.

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Recognizing the Dangers of Xylitol for Your Dog

Pet deaths can be traumatic experiences for the whole family. One step that you can take to help keep your dog healthy is to prevent him from eating foods that can be toxic for canines, such as grapes and chocolate. One substance that you may not realize is bad for your dog is xylitol.

Watch this video to learn about the danger that xylitol can present for dogs. Even in small amounts, the sugar-free sweetener xylitol can cause severe illness or even death for dogs. To help keep your pet safe, never feed your dog anything containing xylitol, and always keep items containing this ingredient out of your pet’s reach.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we can help you manage the loss of a pet through pet burial, pet memorial, and pet cremation services near Arlington, Texas. For more information, please give us a call today at (682) 587-2324.

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